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Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record as suicide attacks surge

Afghan commandos.The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record in the first half of the year, despite last month’s ceasefire, with a surge in suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State, the United Nations said on Sunday.


Two protesters killed in clashes with Iraqi police as unrest spreads in south

altTwo protesters were killed on Sunday in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the town of Samawa, a police official said, amid growing anger in southern cities over poor public services and widespread corruption.

Suicide bomber kills 128 in attack on Pakistani election rally

A suicide bomber has killed 128 in Pakistan.A suicide bomber killed 128 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s return ahead of the July 25 vote.


Syria pushes western offensive

Syria western offensiveSyrian government forces widened their offensive in the country’s south-west to Quneitra province, a region adjoining Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitor and rebel sources said.

Syrian offensive hits IS pocket

Syrian offensive hits ISThe Syrian government widened its offensive to recover the southwest, extending it to an enclave held by Islamic State-affiliated fighters as Russian warplanes targeted the area, a war monitor said.

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