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Sombre mood as Iraq's Yazidis mark New Year

LALISH, IRAQ // Thousands of Yazidis flocked to a shrine in northern Iraq to mark the New Year on Wednesday, in their biggest gathering since they became victims of mass murder by ISIL. Wearing traditional Yazidi clothes, holding candles and paraffin lamps, they began gathering in the holy town of …

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More than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails launch hunger strike

RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES // More than a thousand Palestinians in Israeli prisons began a hunger strike on Monday following calls from prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president. Activists said more than 1,500 Palestinians held by Israel as “security prisoners” joined the open-ended protest in …

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World in focus – best photos for April 17, 2017

FC Spartak Moscow fans light flares during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at Otkrytie Arena Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Epsilon / Getty Images A Kashmiri student throws a chair on Indian policemen as they clash in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The …

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Suicide bomb hits Syria evacuation buses killing dozens

RASHIDIN, SYRIA // At least 43 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast targeted buses carrying residents evacuated from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya under …

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