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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 minor 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.

Islamic State militants now world's richest

Washington - The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, earning tens of millions of dollars a month from illegal oil sales and ransoms, officials said Thursday."We have no silver bullet, no secret weapon to empty ISIL’s coffers overnight.

Turkey to allow 200 Iraqi Kurds to cross into embattled Kobane

Riga - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group.

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.

Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack

Jerusalem - Israel pledged Thursday a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods after a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of pedestrians and killed a baby.

Palestinian rams car into Jerusalem crowd, killing baby

Jerusalem - A Palestinian rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people in what Israeli police said was a "hit-and-run terror attack".

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.

Erdogan says US airdrops to Kobane 'wrong'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticised as "wrong" the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

Iraqi Kurds approve deploying forces to Syria's Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish regional lawmakers Wednesday approved the deployment of security forces to the Syrian town of Kobane to help Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group, the parliament speaker said.

Two Israeli soldiers wounded by gunfire from Egypt: Army

Nizzana - Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when unidentified gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired shots and an anti-tank missile at their vehicle near the border, the army said.

Jailed PKK leader sees better chance for peace deal with Turkey

Istanbul - The jailed leader of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said he saw a better chance for a peace deal with Ankara, despite Kurdish protests over Turkish inaction in Syria.

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.

Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.

Despite Middle East turmoil Turkey is still a tourist destination

The terror treat from the Middle East may be expected to have had a negative impact on tourism in the area but reports from tourist boards show this isn't true for neighbouring Turkey as 42 million are expected to visit the country by the end of the year.

Baghdad car bombs kill 18 in Shiite area

Baghdad - Three car bombs exploded in a Shiite area of northeast Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Syria Kurds weather IS assault as they await reinforcements

Yildiz - Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements Tuesday after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists.

Separate peace talks for Colombia's ELN and FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombia's two top rebel groups, the ELN and the FARC, will hold separate peace talks with the government, the ELN said Monday, as the sides aim to end decades of conflict.

Attack at Baghdad Shiite mosque kills at least 11

Baghdad - A suicide bomber detonated explosives Monday outside a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 11 people in the second such attack in the capital in 24 hours, officials said.

Turkey shifts strategy to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters into Kobane

Istanbul - Turkey said Monday it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga to cross its border and join the battle against jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane, in a major shift by Ankara which until now had blocked Kurdish fighters.

Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against IS group

Jakarta - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited Indonesia, home to the world's biggest Muslim population, to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

U.S. air drops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Yildiz - Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobane welcomed a first U.S. airdrop of weapons Monday as neighbouring Turkey said it will help Iraqi Kurds to support the fight.

Iraq PM to visit Iran for talks on fight against IS

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is to visit Iran on Monday for talks on Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State group, which holds swathes of the country, his office said.

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Yildiz - Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey as troops battled the jihadists in neighbouring Iraq.
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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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A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
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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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