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Troops advance towards Ghazlani base near Mosul airport

Iraqi troops launch a new assault on the Ghazlani military base near Mosul's airport against ISIL.

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UN decries Israel's West Bank demolition order

An estimated 140 structures in a Palestinian Bedouin village ordered demolished by the Israeli government.

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US-backed alliance enters Deir Az Zor province

Eleven people killed and more than 35 wounded in air strikes in town in northern Deir Az Zor province, observatory says.

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Female officers allowed to wear headscarves

In break from strict secular past, defence ministry allows female officers to cover their heads with plain headscarves.

Female officer

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Marine Le Pen stirs headscarf controversy in Lebanon

Far-right presidential candidate refuses to wear a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni religious leader.

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Elor Azaria gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Elor Azaria shot and killed Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay on the ground incapacitated after being gunned down.

Elor Azaria

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Troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

With aerial support from US-led coalition, Iraqi forces launch offensive to drive ISIL from Mosul's western half.

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Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Defence secretary Jim Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil

Jim Mattis arrives on unannounced visit to Iraq as Pentagon considers acceleration of military campaign against ISIL.

Jim Mattis

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Norwegian Refugee Council staff detained in Yemen

Seven aid workers held after being accused of distributing Saudi-led coalition supplies - allegations the group denies.

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