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Shrouded in secrecy, Colombia works to free hostages

Quibd - Colombia worked Friday to free five hostages whose capture by the leftist FARC guerrillas has derailed peace talks, but kept the highly anticipated handover shrouded in secrecy.

Jihadists launch major attack on Iraq's Ramadi

Baghdad - The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province.

Dutch teen remanded after mum rescues her from Islamic State militants

Maastricht - A blonde, blue-eyed Dutch 19-year-old who was rescued by her mother after marrying an Islamic State fighter in Syria, was ordered Friday to be detained pending possible terror charges.

Handover of kidnapped Colombian general begins

Quibd - The highly anticipated handover of a general and four other hostages captured by FARC guerrillas got underway Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks.

Colombia launches operation to free kidnapped general

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he has ordered an operation to free a general and four other hostages from leftist FARC guerrillas.

France grapples with homegrown jihadism

Paris - A horrified France was grappling with a new reality on Thursday in which hundreds of its citizens are openly joining jihadist groups and directly calling for attacks on their homeland.

Colombian government and FARC in deal to free general

Havana - The Colombian government and the FARC struck a deal to free "as soon as possible" a general and several others the guerrillas are holding captive, suggesting the faltering peace process is back on track.

Colombia in massive search for kidnapped general

Quibd - The Colombian army has mounted a massive search for a general captured by leftist FARC guerrillas, a kidnapping that has derailed peace talks as they hit the two-year mark Wednesday.

Jihad lures teens from unsuspected corners of France

Paris - For the French public, the idea is deeply jarring: youngsters from everyday backgrounds with names like Maxime, Helene and David joining the jihad or turning up in brutal Islamic State execution videos.

Buses brave 'road of fear' in Syria's divided Aleppo

Aleppo - At dawn Syrian civil servants Abu Asaad and Abu Abdo each begin their commutes across the war-torn city of Aleppo, a once-short journey that now takes 10 hours.

Suicide car bombing kills four in Iraq Kurdish capital

Arbil - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the usually secure Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil Wednesday, killing four people in an attack blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group.

Israel razes E.Jerusalem home in synagogue attack crackdown

Jerusalem - Israel on Wednesday demolished the home of a Palestinian behind a deadly car attack in Jerusalem, pushing ahead with a promised crackdown following a bloody assault on a synagogue.

France identifies second national in IS execution video

Paris - France on Wednesday identified a second national who appeared unmasked in a grisly Islamic State execution video and announced it was sending more jets to the region to step up air strikes.

Turkey fears '2-3 million more refugees' if Aleppo falls

Ankara - Turkey fears another two to three million Syrian refugees could cross its borders if the region of Syria's second city of Aleppo is overrun either by Islamist extremists or regime forces, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

FARC holding Colombia general, talks hang in balance

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas confirmed Tuesday that they are holding a missing general whose kidnapping caused the government to suspend peace talks aimed at ending the country's 50-year-old conflict.

Israel to ease gun controls for self-defence after attack

Jerusalem - Israel is to ease controls on carrying weapons for self-defence in the wake of a deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Tuesday.

Three of Israel synagogue dead were US citizens, 1 British: police

Jerusalem - All four victims of Tuesday's deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue were Israelis with dual nationality, three of whom were Americans and a fourth British, police said.

Obama orders review of US policy on hostages

Birut - President Barack Obama has ordered a review of US policy on Americans abducted overseas, as intelligence agencies investigate the role of Western jihadists in the beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig.

Palestinian bus driver found hanged in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.

Fate of peace talks in FARC hands: Colombian president

Estanzuela - The fate of Colombia's peace talks is in the hands of the FARC rebels, the president has warned, after halting negotiations designed to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.

Palestinian bus driver found hanged in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes Monday, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.

IS executes nearly 1,500 people in Syria in 5 months: monitor

Damascus - The jihadist Islamic State group (IS) has executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in the five months since it declared the establishment of a "caliphate", a monitoring group said Monday.

Prosecutors confirm Frenchman in IS execution video

Paris - A young Frenchman was one of the jihadists in an Islamic State video that appeared to show the beheading of Syrian soldiers and a US aid worker, prosecutors said on Monday.

General's abduction throws Colombia talks into crisis

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels came under heavy pressure Monday to free a general whose kidnapping prompted the government to suspend peace talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into crisis.

Suspected Western jihadists in 'evil' IS beheading video

Birut - Authorities were on Monday investigating the suspected involvement of Western jihadists in the brutal video by the Islamic State group claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig.

Obama confirms 'evil' murder of U.S. aid worker Kassig

President Barack Obama confirmed Sunday the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, calling his beheading at the hands of the Islamic State group "pure evil.

Producer of fake 'Syrian hero boy' video apologises

Stockholm - The producer of a viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire apologised Sunday after the revelation it was fake drew fierce criticism.

'Pure evil' as IS beheads US aid worker Kassig

Birut - US President Barack Obama condemned as "pure evil" the Islamic State's beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig after the group released a video showing his body Sunday.

Obama rules out alliance with Syria's Assad against IS

Brisbane - US President Barack Obama on Sunday rejected any alliance with Bashar al-Assad against the Islamic State group, arguing that the Syrian ruler was illegitimate and that any such pact would backfire.

Fearing backlash, Jordan asserts Al-Aqsa custodianship

Amman - Jordan's tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.
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Children collecting firewood in an area of the DRC.
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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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A boy in the Central African Republic's Birao town largely burnt down during fighting in 2007
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Sheets strung across the road to block the view of snipers, of which there are many.
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A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
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The Tunisia civil unrest was successfully predicted by the PSIR Domestic Political Violence Forecast model.
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Protesters raising separatist flags in the southern Dhalea governorate.
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Kurdistan Region - Iraq
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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A military unit in Yemen's Saada Province.
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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Rebel French soldiers at a barricade in 1960 in Algiers, Algeria, during the War of Algeria
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Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and instability.
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