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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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Turkey: Refugees set deportation centre on fire, escape

Around 50 people start fire in central Istanbul building before escaping, Turkish media reports.

Istanbul

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian protester near Gaza

Three others also injured as Palestinian youths gather near a refugee camp to protest Israeli blockade on the enclave.

al-Bureij refugee camp

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Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul 'cross into Syria'

Sources say more than 14,000 Iraqis have crossed Syrian border since October, including 8,000 who have reached Hasakah.

Mosul offensive

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Turkey: Motion 'protecting child marriage' draws debate

Critics accuse proposal of "encouraging child rape" but officials say it will protect those too young to marry legally.

Ozgecan Arslan

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Battle for Aleppo: Syrian forces intensify air campaign

Russia denies involvement as toll since start of Assad's offensive on city's besieged east climbs to 150.

Aleppo

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