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Captive Colombia general's release delayed to Sunday

Havana - Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Thursday they will free a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

War in Syria forces Aleppo merchants from souk to street

Aleppo - Once-proud shop owners in Aleppo's picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria's former economic capital now live on a pittance selling goods on pavements and stalls.

FARC to free captive Colombia general Saturday

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will on Saturday release a general whose capture derailed peace negotiations, President Juan Manuel Santos said, reviving hopes that the talks can be salvaged.

Christians hold out in Syria's Aleppo despite jihadist threat

Aleppo - Tens of thousands of Christians have fled Syria's war-wracked second city Aleppo but many others are determined to hold out despite their dread of Islamic State jihadists.

Egypt reopens Gaza crossing for first time in weeks

Cairo - Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

Syria regime raids on Islamic State 'capital' kill 95

Damascus - Syrian regime air strikes on Islamic State group stronghold Raqa killed at least 95 people as a government delegation held talks with key ally Russia Wednesday on relaunching peace negotiations.

FARC frees soldiers, demands Colombia halt army ops

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas freed two captive soldiers Tuesday but demanded the army halt operations to avoid jeopardizing the separate release of a general whose capture has derailed peace talks.

Syria air strikes on IS 'capital' kill 63 people

Damascus - A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday killed at least 63 people, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said.

Putin sparks Georgia fury with 'annexation' deal in Abkhazia

Moscow - Russia cemented control over neighbouring Georgia's rebel Abkhazia region Monday with a "strategic partnership" deal that the Georgian government said amounts to annexation.

FARC to free Colombia soldiers, sends warning to army

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC guerrillas confirmed they will release two soldiers Tuesday in a deal to revive peace talks, warning the army not to jeopardize the separate release of a captive general.

FARC warns army actions threaten general's release

Havana - FARC guerrillas warned Sunday that increased military activity was jeopardising the release of a Colombian general and other captives they have taken.

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists

Kirkuk - Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.

Netanyahu warns of 'grave mistake' if France recognises Palestine

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that France's parliament would be making a "grave mistake" if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.

Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Jerusalem - Israel's government Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy.

West Bank home torched in suspected settler attack

Ramallah - Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed a house in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, its mayor told AFP, pointing the finger of blame at local settlers.

Biden, Erdogan seek to find common ground on Syria crisis

Istanbul - US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in a bid to ease strains over the Syria crisis and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

FARC to free Colombian general, others next week

Estanzuela - FARC guerrillas who captured a Colombian general and four others will release them next week, president Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday, paving the way for a return to peace talks.

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.
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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 boy in the Central African Republic's Birao town largely burnt down during fighting in 2007
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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Children collecting firewood in an area of the DRC.
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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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Internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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Riot on May Day in Berlin
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