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Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

Islamic State fighters.Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.

Situation in Syria is 'appalling,' getting worse

Damaged buildings in Syria.The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders

Kurds.Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

A Kurdish fighter.A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

The Palestine flag.The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday, the first Western European country to do so, reflecting growing international exasperation over the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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