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    Iraqi parliament passes bill banning alcohol

    Associated Press | Updated at 04:00pm on October 23, 2016

    Iraq's parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages. The bill passed late Saturday imposes a fine of up...

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    Truce holds in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations

    Agence France-Presse . Aleppo, Syria | Updated at 01:39am on October 22, 2016

    The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria’s Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for...

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    Aleppo siege, air strikes are war crimes: UN

    Reuters | Updated at 06:24pm on October 21, 2016

    The top United Nations human rights official said on Friday that the siege and bombing of eastern Aleppo in Syria constituted ‘crimes of historic proportions’...

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    Islamic State retaliates as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

    Reuters | Updated at 02:17pm on October 21, 2016

    Suspected Islamic State militants attacked several buildings and a power station in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk in the early hours of Friday,...

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    Syria says east Aleppo ceasefire begun, promises ‘safe exit’

    Reuters | Updated at 06:10pm on October 20, 2016

    The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a...

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    Hollande to push ceasefire extension at Syria talks with Putin, Merkel

    Reuters | Updated at 07:55pm on October 19, 2016

    French president Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he would do everything possible to try to extend a ceasefire in eastern Aleppo when he discusses Syria...

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    Saudi Arabia executes prince for murder

    Reuters | Updated at 11:37am on October 19, 2016

    A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, official media reported, in...

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    Mosul battle: US says IS using human shields

    BBC | Updated at 09:18am on October 19, 2016

    The US has accused Islamic State militants of using civilians as human shields as Iraqi forces move closer to the group's stronghold in Mosul...

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    Iraqi troops 'ahead of schedule' in Mosul

    BBC | Updated at 11:29am on October 18, 2016

    Iraqi forces are ‘ahead of schedule’, the Pentagon says, as they begin the second day of the battle to retake Mosul from so-called IS fighters...

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    Kuwait parliament elections set for Nov 26

    Reuters | Updated at 07:22pm on October 17, 2016

    The Kuwaiti cabinet announced on Monday that elections for the next parliament will be held on November 26, state news agency KUNA reported...