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Abbas hails 'historic' Swedish recognition of Palestinian state

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday hailed a decision by Sweden to officially recognise the state of Palestine, his spokesman told AFP.

Jerusalem on edge after police kill Palestinian gunman

Jerusalem - Clashes raged in east Jerusalem Thursday after Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian accused of trying to kill a Jewish hardliner, as Al-Aqsa mosque compound was closed for the first time in decades.

Kurds cheer reinforcements for Syria's Kobane

Sanliurfa - Crowds of flag-waving Kurds greeted Iraqi peshmerga forces travelling through Turkey Wednesday to join rebel fighters reinforcing the Syrian town of Kobane against an attack by the Islamic State group.

Palestinians urge UN to demand Israel end settlements

New York - The Palestinians urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately reverse plans to build more Jewish settlements, at an emergency meeting called to address tensions in east Jerusalem.

IS jihadists execute 46 tribesmen in Iraq's Anbar

Baghdad - Jihadists from the Islamic State group have executed at least 46 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq's Anbar province, sources said.

Syria rebels cross from Turkey to join Kobane battle

Sanliurfa - A group of fighters from the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) crossed into Syria from Turkey on Wednesday to join Kurdish fighters defending the border town of Kobane against Islamic State jihadists, a local Turkish official said.

UN Security Council to meet on Israeli settlements

New York - The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in Arab east Jerusalem, diplomats said.

Peshmerga head for Syria's Kobane to fight IS

Arbil - Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters were on their way to joining militias defending the Syrian border town of Kobane from the Islamic State group after setting off from Iraq Tuesday.

Turkey wants anti-Assad rebels to control Kobane: PM

Istanbul - Turkey wants the anti-Damascus Free Syrian Army (FSA) to control the Syrian border town of Kobane if Islamist jihadists are defeated, and not the forces of separatist Kurds or President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

US urges online fight against IS as strikes hit jihadists

Yildiz - The US-led coalition has carried out fresh air strikes against jihadists in Syria and Iraq as Washington called for the battle against the Islamic State group to be taken to the Internet.

Colombia leader seeks Europe's help for 'last chance' peace

Estanzuela - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he hopes Europe can provide funds to help him strike a "last chance" deal with leftist guerrillas after half a century of conflict.

US urges online fight against IS as strikes hit jihadists

Yildiz - The US-led coalition carried out fresh air strikes Monday against jihadists in Syria and Iraq as Washington called for the battle against the Islamic State group to be taken to the Internet.

German police injured in clashes with far-right hooligans

Berlin - Forty-four German riot police were injured in clashes with far-right hooligans rallying against "Islamist extremism" in the western city of Cologne overnight, police said Monday.

Palestinian fury as Israel unveils Jerusalem building plans

Jerusalem - Israel pledged Monday to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in Arab east Jerusalem, in a move the Palestinians warned was likely to trigger an "explosion" of violence.

Kurds thwart new IS bid to cut off Syria's Kobane

Yildiz - Kurdish forces have thwarted a new attempt by Islamic State group fighters to cut off the Syrian town of Kobane from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy.

Kurds thwart new IS bid to cut off Syria's Kobane

Yildiz - Kurdish forces thwarted a new attempt Sunday by Islamic State group fighters to cut off the Syrian town of Kobane from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy.

Funeral held for Palestinian behind car attack

Jerusalem - Palestinians were laying to rest on Sunday a man who killed two people, including a baby, when he rammed his car into Jerusalem pedestrians, sparking days of violence.

US strikes pound jihadists as Iraqi Kurds prepare to join fight

Yildiz - US-led warplanes have bombarded the Islamic State group with new air strikes as heavily armed Iraqi Kurdish fighters were on Sunday readying to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce and deadly battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of second city Tripoli, in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Clashes in Jerusalem but flashpoint Palestinian funeral delayed

Jerusalem - Israeli police clashed with Palestinians across east Jerusalem Saturday ahead of a potentially explosive funeral that was delayed for a day and tight security conditions imposed.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of second city Tripoli in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Suru - Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.

Israel troops kill US-Palestinian teen in West Bank

Ramallah - Washington confirmed that a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops was a US citizen -- the second time this week an American child has fallen victim to the ongoing conflict.

Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

Washington - A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said.

Israel troops shoot dead Palestinian teen in West Bank

Ramallah - Israeli troops on Friday shot dead a Palestinian teenager who the army said was about to hurl a petrol bomb at Israeli motorists near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

US seeking to confirm if IS militants used chlorine gas

Washington - Washington is seeking more information on reports that Islamic State militants used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Israel police on alert after Jerusalem clashes

Jerusalem - Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem Friday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly attack by a Palestinian sent tensions soaring.

Peshmerga set to reinforce Syria's Kobane

Yildiz - Iraq's Kurds unveiled plans Friday to send fighters to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobane, amid uncertainty over a separate deployment of Syrian rebels announced by Turkey.

Islamic State among world's richest militant groups: US

Washington - The Islamic State has fast become one of the world's wealthiest terror groups, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said.

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

Yildiz - US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.
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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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A boy in the Central African Republic's Birao town largely burnt down during fighting in 2007
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Rebel French soldiers at a barricade in 1960 in Algiers, Algeria, during the War of Algeria
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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