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Attackers bomb Iran parliament and mausoleum, at least 12 dead

Smoke during an attack on the Iranian parliament.Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said.

 

U.S.-backed Syrian force starts battle to capture Raqqa from Islamic State

altThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday it had launched a battle to capture Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq.

   

Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

Doha in Qatar.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.

   

Iraqi forces take one of four districts in Mosul's IS-held enclave

altU.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Friday captured one of the four districts making up the Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul, a military statement said.

   

Truck bomb kills at least 80, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital

Scene of a truck bombing in Afghanistan.A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds more and damaging embassy buildings in the Afghan capital's unofficial "Green Zone".

   

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