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Roadside bomb explodes near Iraqi parliament speaker's convoy

A roadside bomb in Iraq.The speaker of Iraq's parliament narrowly escaped death on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy close to the northern city of Mosul, his office said.

Al Qaeda splinter group withdraws from oil-rich Syrian province

ISIL fighters in Syria.An al Qaeda splinter group has withdrawn its forces from Syria's oil-rich eastern province of Deir al-Zor, activists and rebels said on Monday, after days of heavy fighting with its rivals.

Analysis: Is Syria now a direct threat to the U.S.?

Syrian rebels climb over a tank.Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signalled - sometimes intentionally, sometimes not - that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.

Syrian rebels declare new assault on Aleppo after Assad gains

Bombed out buildings in Syria.Rebels announced a new military campaign in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Thursday, a few days after government forces stepped up air attacks in a bid to recapture territory and drive residents out of opposition-held areas.

Iraq illegally detains thousands of women, tortures many

Muslim womenIraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Thursday.

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