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Russia's military presence in Syria

The Russian military says it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria more than two years after Moscow's intervention in the conflict on the side of the Damascus regime.

Assad regime wins ground, but political fights ahead

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has regained the upper hand after six years of conflict, but his regime faces a tough diplomatic fight against international isolation and negotiations with newly powerful Kurds.

Four held in Belgium over 2015 Thalys train attack

Belgian police held four people Monday over the 2015 attack on a high-speed Thalys train to Paris in which an Islamic State extremist shot and seriously wounded a passenger before being overpowered.

Fresh Syria talks open in Astana

A fresh round of peace talks seeking to end Syria's war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push supported by Iran and opposition backer Turkey.

US soldier killed in Afghan helicopter crash

A US soldier died after the helicopter they were in crashed in Afghanistan, foreign forces said Saturday, denying Taliban claims that it had shot down the aircraft

Long way home for war-torn Philippine city's residents

Cradling her baby in a muddy tent camp, Jamalia Pindaton has no idea if she can return home to Marawi in the southern Philippines after the end of a five-month war launched by Islamic State supporters.

UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime

United Nations investigators on Thursday blamed a sarin gas massacre on Bashar al-Assad's regime, as the United States renewed its warning that he has no role in Syria's future.

Iraq forces assault last IS bastion, advance on Kurds

Iraqi troops launched an assault on the last Islamic State group bastion in the country on Thursday even as the Kurds said Baghdad's forces had attacked their fighters near the border with Turkey

US-led coalition denies deadly Syria strikes

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq denied on Tuesday that it had carried out deadly air strikes around the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor.

Life begins returning to war-torn Philippine city

Residents of a southern Philippine city where Islamic State supporters waged a brutal five-month battle began returning home on Tuesday, but gunfire greeted them as soldiers scoured devastated neighbourhoods for remaining militants.

In ravaged Raqa, clues to IS's bygone media empire

«Special operations by the Caliphate's soldiers!» boasts a torn, blood-stained pamphlet at a bombed-out media kiosk in Syria's Raqa, a symbol of the Islamic State group's once fearsome propaganda machine

The deadliest attacks in Somalia since 2010

The massive weekend truck bombing which killed at least 137 people in Mogadishu is the deadliest in conflict-riven Somalia so far. Here some of the other major attacks:

Terror trial reopens wounds for French Jews

When Abdelkader Merah goes on trial Monday over an Islamist attack in southern France in 2012, the hearings will bring back haunting memories of the bloodshed for the country's Jews.

«Wall of fire» in London bucket bomb attack

Eyewitnesses heard a loud bang and saw a «wall of fire» when a bomb went off on a packed London Underground train on Friday, with some commuters badly burned and others stampeding to the exit.

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