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UN: Jail term for Israeli soldier 'excessively lenient'

Rights office says 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian man after knife attack 'reinforces culture of impunity'.

Elor Azaria

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Suicide bombers kill scores near Al Bab

Attack at checkpoint leaves 53 dead followed by another which kills eight, day after ISIL's retreat from northern town.

Al Bab

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Army claims gains in fight for western Mosul

Iraqi troops advance on Al Maamun neighbourhood, a day after deadly ISIL rockets strikes on soldiers near Mosul airport.

Al Maamun

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Israel says no more visas for 'biased' HRW staff

Israeli authorities reject Human Rights Watch request for work permit, accusing it of having a 'pro-Palestinian' agenda.

occupied West Bank

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Rebels seek 'direct negotiations' with Assad government

Instead of negotiating in separate rooms, opposition wants face-to-face meetings with officials at Geneva talks.

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Iraqi forces take control of Mosul Airport

Security forces storm ISIL-held Mosul International Airport as they continue offensive on western half of the city.

Mosul

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Turkey-backed rebels in 'near full control' of Al Bab

Turkey's defence minister says key town almost fully captured, but other reports say street battles still ongoing.

Al Bab

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Troops advance towards Ghazlani base near Mosul airport

Iraqi troops launch a new assault on the Ghazlani military base near Mosul's airport against ISIL.

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UN decries Israel's West Bank demolition order

An estimated 140 structures in a Palestinian Bedouin village ordered demolished by the Israeli government.

home demolitions

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US-backed alliance enters Deir Az Zor province

Eleven people killed and more than 35 wounded in air strikes in town in northern Deir Az Zor province, observatory says.

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