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Over 8 million people displaced by conflict in 2015

Wars and natural disasters jointly accounted for total of 27.8 million new internally displaced people last year alone.

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ISIL claims responsibility for deadly Iraq bombings

Blasts in mainly Shia neighbourhoods mark the year's deadliest day for Baghdad with the death toll crossing the 88 mark.

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Yemen: Warring parties agree on prisoner swap

Yemen's government and Houthi rebels agree to release half of the prisoners held by either side.

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Syria: Calm restored in Hama prison after mutiny

Dozens of prisoners held without charge released from jail after deal, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

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UN: 'Disproportionate' crackdown on dissent in Egypt

Rights body condemns mass arrests and continued clampdown on protesters, lawyers, activists and journalists.

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Syria's civil war: Foreign ministers meet in Paris

Foreign ministers hold talks with opposition as Syrian state media announces extension of Aleppo ceasefire by 48 hours.

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RSF urges Iraq to reopen Al Jazeera's Baghdad bureau

Paris-based group wants order that led to closure of office rescinded on "grounds of media pluralism and media freedom".

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Syria: Deaths as air strikes hit Binnish town in Idlib

Over a dozen reportedly killed in strikes in Idlib provincial city hours after ceasefire extended in nearby Aleppo.

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Dozen injured in Turkey's Diyarbakir blast

Explosion hit an armoured police vehicle in the centre of the city, leaving at least 15 people wounded.

Diyarbakir blast

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Beirutis List claims victory in Lebanon municipal polls

Victory for Beirutis List led by Jamal Itani in elections in Lebanon's capital would be setback for Beirut Madinati.

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