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    IS blitzed into surrender as defeat looms in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 12:47am on March 14, 2019

    US-backed forces said Wednesday the Islamic State group was living its ‘final moments’ after thunderous shelling on its last scrap of land in eastern Syria...

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    3,000 surrender from IS Syria bastion as end nears

    Agence France-Presse . Baghouz | Updated at 10:37am on March 13, 2019

    Around 3,000 Islamic State members have surrendered from the group’s last holdout in Syria, Kurdish-led forces said Tuesday, as air raids and shelling resumed after...

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    SDF says 38 IS fighters killed in Syria enclave

    Reuters . Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on March 13, 2019

    The Syrian Democratic Forces said on Tuesday 38 Islamic State fighters were killed in a US-backed offensive against the jihadists’ only remaining enclave in eastern...

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    Iranian cleric gets second powerful job

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on March 13, 2019

    Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi has swiftly emerged as one of Iran’s most powerful figures and a contender to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Last week,...

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    22 civilians killed in Yemen: UN

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 12:00am on March 13, 2019

    mstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, this week in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations...

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    Iran rights lawyer Sotoudeh jailed for seven years

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 01:37pm on March 12, 2019

    Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to seven years in jail for security offences, a judge at Tehran’s revolutionary court told semi-official...

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    Syrian forces slow battle for final IS redoubt

    Agence France-Presse . Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on March 12, 2019

    Kurdish-led forces Monday slowed an assault to retake a last scrap of land held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria after hundreds more...

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    Rouhani seeks to counter US pressure on Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 12:00am on March 12, 2019

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani hit back Monday against pressure from the ‘aggressor’ United States on Iraq to limit ties with its neighbour, during his first...

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    Iran’s Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 01:42pm on March 11, 2019

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to...

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    Rouhani urges Pakistan to act against extremists

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 12:00am on March 11, 2019

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for ‘decisive’ action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area,...

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