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President Obama 'not optimistic' about Syria's future

Obama says Russian and Iranian involvement has made a viable opposition impossible as fighting continues on the ground.

US President Barack Obama

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Turkey: Bill to quash child sex convictions protested

Thousands march against the bill seeking to overturn men's convictions for child sex assaults if they marry victims.

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Mosul offensive marches on amid fierce ISIL pushback

Iraqi forces fight their way towards centre of Mosul amid suicide bombings with thousands trapped in urban warfare.

Iraqi forces

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Battle for Aleppo: Civilian casualties mount

Barrel bomb kills six members of a family and rebel shelling hits school as casualties rise in the divided city.

Aleppo Media Center

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Saudi Arabia denies Arab coalition violated Yemen truce

Air strikes on Houthi rebel positions in capital Sanaa were a response to truce violations, coalition spokesman says.

Sanaa

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French foreign minister calls for renewed Syria talks

Ayrault calls for renewed talks, warning that if they fail ISIL and other groups will receive a recruitment boost.

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Battle for Aleppo: 'All hospitals are destroyed'

Officials say all medical facilities in city's rebel-held east "have been taken out" as bombing intensifies.

Aleppo's rebel-held east

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Egypt hands journalist union head two years in prison

The ruling on against Yahia Kallash, head of the country's press union, and two others comes after a seven-month trial.

journalists

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Air raid hits children's hospital in Syria's Aleppo

Media crew captures dramatic footage of attack as babies are rescued from incubators by panicked staff.

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Saudi-led coalition begins 48-hour truce in Yemen

Deal reached that Saudi Arabia says could be extended if Houthi rebels adhere to it.

ceasefire

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