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Sisi: Egypt has completed a democratic transition

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says his country has completed a transition to democratic rule after years of turmoil since the uprising that brought down former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.<p>Sisi made the remarks on Saturday as he addressed Egypt's parliament for the first time since it …

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The number of Afghan civilians killed and wounded passed 11,000 in 2015 - the highest number recorded since the United States-led invasion more than 14 years ago.<p>The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday that there were 3,545 civilian deaths and 7,457 people wounded with …

Diary of a Syrian refugee family trying to reach Greece | War & Conflict

In 2012, Delvan and his family fled the bombing of Aleppo. They first went north to Afrin, their ancient village on the slopes of a green valley that has been strangled by the war - with no electricity, water, work or functioning schools. Then they relocated to Istanbul, where Delvan and his …

Syria's Kurds 'won't retreat' despite Turkish shelling

Kurdish-backed fighters in Syria say they will not withdraw from the areas they have recently captured in the country's north, after Turkey shelled their positions in Aleppo province for a second day.<p>Turkey has demanded that the People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of Syria's Kurdish …

Libya's Presidential Council names new unity government

Libya's UN-backed Presidential Council announced the formation of a revised national unity government, with the internationally recognised parliament to vote on the line-up early this week.<p>One of the council's members, Fathi al-Majbari, said in a televised statement late on Sunday that the list of …

Syria calls on UN to condemn Turkish attacks on Kurds

Syria's foreign ministry has condemned Turkey's shelling of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and sent two letters voicing its concern to the United Nations, Syrian state media reported.<p>"Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist …

Life as a female refugee: 'You don't know who to trust' | Human Rights

"We never sleep [at the same time]. One of us always stays awake. We've heard too many stories of women who have been robbed," says 38-year-old Samaher from Baghdad. She has a soft voice and sad, dark eyes.<p>Three weeks ago she fled Iraq with her baby boy and two female friends.<p>Now she is at the …

From afar, Iraqis ponder U.S. elections: 'No more Bushes, please'

A constant flow of sweet tea and tobacco fuels the clusters of patrons inside the Iraqi capital's historic Shahbandar cafe. They jostle for space like the faded pictures of old Baghdad that clutter the walls.<p>But customers don't come here for the refreshments. They come for the conversation.<p>It has …

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A mini world war rages in the Syrian province of Aleppo

Across the olive groves and wheat fields of the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, a battle with global dimensions risks erupting into a wider war.<p>Russian warplanes are bombing from the sky. Iraqi and Lebanese militias aided by Iranian advisers are advancing on the ground. An assortment of Syrian …

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McCain Threatens to Subpoena U.S. Sailors Held by Iran

Sen. John McCain said Sunday he would subpoena 10 U.S. sailors to testify about their brief detention by Iran if the Obama administration doesn't hand over the findings of an investigation into the incident by the end of the month.<p>"It's an option that I do not want to exercise," McCain, R-Arizona, …

Saudi Arabia's 'creative' approach to de-radicalisation

Saudi Arabia has been signalling its determination to help in the fight against the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in Syria, with the suggestion it would be willing to send in ground troops.<p>A significant number of IS fighters come from the kingdom, and the authorities there have adopted a novel …

Proclaiming innocence, ex-Israeli PM goes to prison

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, defiantly …

Indonesia's Jihadi Extremist Group Is Rebounding, Experts and Members Say

Jemaah Islamiyah, Indonesia’s homegrown Islamist extremist group, is quietly re-establishing itself in the country after more than a decade of …

Airstrikes on hospitals in two towns in north of country are latest in series of attacks on medical facilities<p>The prospect of even a temporary truce in Syria seemed as distant as ever on Monday, as violence continued unabated across much of the country with hospitals in two towns apparently being …

Middle East

Tatars step up resistance to Russian rule over Crimea

UROZHAYNE, Crimea (AP) — Elnara Asanova lives alone with her four small children because her husband, an ethnic Tatar, is in jail. Last April, when …

Refugee crisis: European divisions deepen over moves to tighten borders

The asylum seekers keep coming and Europe keeps arguing over what to do.<p>Seeking to stem the flow across the continent, central and eastern European leaders on Monday are debating plans to help tighten border security in the Balkans.<p>But Germany, which has borne the brunt of the influx, objects, amid …

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Saudi Arabia launches military exercise with 20 nations

<b>(CNN) —</b> Saudi Arabia launched a massive military exercise that will include troops from 20 nations, state media reported Monday.<p>The drill, dubbed North Thunder, involves Arab and Muslim countries, according to the Saudi Press Agency. It's taking place in King Khalid Military City in northeastern …

Deadly airstrikes hit hospitals, school in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes blamed on Russia hit at least two hospitals and a school in northern Syria on Monday, killing and wounding dozens of …

Nearly 50 people killed in strikes on hospitals and schools in Syria

BAGHDAD — Nearly 50 civilians were killed in missile strikes on hospitals and two schools in northern Syria on Monday, the United Nations said, deepening the country’s humanitarian crisis despite plans for a temporary cease-fire later this week.<p>Doctors Without Borders said that at least seven …

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