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Iraq holding hundreds of detainees in ‘inhumane conditions’: Amnesty

Iraq holding hundreds of detainees in ‘inhumane conditions’: Amnesty

Amnesty International said on Tuesday Iraq is holding more than 1,000 detainees, some as young as 15, without charge in…
UK’s Hammond says new initiative needed for Syria talks

UK’s Hammond says new initiative needed for Syria talks

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday he was deeply concerned about the state of the ceasefire in Syria…
Turkish parliament debate on lawmakers’ immunity ends in a brawl

Turkish parliament debate on lawmakers’ immunity ends in a brawl

Members of Turkey's ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition traded kicks and punches and threw water at each other…
German official denies report on foreign policy shift on Israel

German official denies report on foreign policy shift on Israel

A German government official denied on Sunday a magazine report which said Berlin might end its unconditional support for Israel…
Russia says talks to extend Syrian lull in fighting to Aleppo

Russia says talks to extend Syrian lull in fighting to Aleppo

Russia said on Sunday talks were taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the…
Iraqi protesters end Green Zone sit-in for now after issuing demands

Iraqi protesters end Green Zone sit-in for now after issuing demands

Protesters camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone for 24 hours left the heavily fortified government district on Sunday after issuing…
Yemen’s Houthis seize military base, endangering peace talks

Yemen’s Houthis seize military base, endangering peace talks

Yemen's Houthi movement and its armed allies seized a military base north of the capital Sanaa on Sunday, dealing a…
EU set to drive forward visas for Turks in migrant deal

EU set to drive forward visas for Turks in migrant deal

Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks…
Aid to 1,000 Gaza families suspended after Israel cement ban

Aid to 1,000 Gaza families suspended after Israel cement ban

Reconstruction aid to over 1,000 families in Gaza has been suspended due to a lack of materials, the United Nations…
Iran’s moderates make modest gains in run-off election

Iran’s moderates make modest gains in run-off election

Politicians allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, early results…
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