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Death toll hits 112 in blast against Syrian Shiite evacuees


The death toll of the bombing that rocked the convoy of Shiite evacuees in northern Syria rose to 112, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group reported on Sunday.

Turkey voted "Yes" for constitutional amendment according to unofficial results


Turkey on Sunday voted "yes" with a narrow lead for the country's key referendum, which will shift the parliamentary system to an executive presidency and grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more authority, according to unofficial results.

Russia seeks UN probe into gas attack in Syria


Russian president Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow would demand a U.N. investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria as it expected new provocations with toxic agents in the war-torn Middle East country.

Iraqi forces retake government HQ, museum in Mosul


Iraqi forces said Tuesday they had seized the main government offices in Mosul and its famed museum as they made steady progress in their battle to retake the city's west from jihadists.

Over 40,000 displaced from Mosul in a week as Iraqi forces near old city


More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the last week from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where U.S.-backed forces launched a fresh push towards the Islamic State-held old city center on Sunday and closed in on the main government complex.

Total number of displaced people in Iraq's Mosul exceeds 200,000 mark


As of Sunday, a total of 206,520 individuals have been forced into displacement as a result of the ongoing Mosul operations which began on Oct.17, 2016, a tracking system developed by the International Organization for Migrants (IOM) showed.

Syrian army announces recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State


The Syrian army said on Thursday it had recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State for the second time in a year, with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes.

Both Syrian sides see gains in peace talks as Russia weighs in


Syrian peace talks in Geneva edged forwards on Wednesday, for the first time in six days of U.N.-led talks, as both sides saw hope of shaping the agenda to their liking and opposition negotiators met a senior diplomat from powerbroker Russia.

Syrian government forces enter Palmyra, drive back Islamic State: monitors


Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way into Palmyra on Wednesday, driving back Islamic State militants who have held the historic city since December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

Number of people displaced by fighting in Mosul continues to rise, UN says


​The United Nations and humanitarian agencies said that the number of people displaced by the ongoing fighting in western Mosul in north Iraq has continued to surge, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said here on Wednesday.