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Iraq: Troops advance on ISIL-held Mosul

Offensive leads to capture of four villages but ISIL hits back with suicide attacks against Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.

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Eid al-Adha 2016 holiday: When is the first day?

This year, the holiest Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha is expected to begin on Sunday, September 11.

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Syria war: Manbij celebrates liberation from ISIL

Coalition claims control of city on supply route between Turkish border and Raqqa after two months of heavy fighting.

Manbij celebrates

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Yemen: 'Ten children killed' in attack on school

Medical aid group backs reports of deaths of at least 10 children in attack in Haydan, in northwestern Saada province.

children

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Turkish prosecutors formally ask US for Gulen's arrest

Turkey accuses exiled cleric Gulen of 10 charges, including attempting to overthrow the government.

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Syria's war: Government and Russia blamed for deaths

Monitors and activists say most fatalities occurred in Aleppo province, while US-backed force gains ground on ISIL.

civilians

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Defiant Yemeni rebels convene 'illegal' parliament

Houthis hold session of parliament in defiance of internationally recognised government.

Yemen's Houthi rebels

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Syria war: ISIL flees Manbij with 'human shields'

Syrian Democratic Forces say they control most of Manbij though clashes continue as last ISIL cells flushed from city.

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Iran and Turkey agree to cooperate over Syria

Foreign ministers Cavusoglu and Zarif vow "closer contact" on Syria's territorial integrity despite differences.

Zarif and Cavusoglu

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Opera house set to boost Dubai's cultural profile

Upcoming venue for performing arts to fulfil business-oriented emirate's "vision to be one of the world's top cities".

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