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Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State group militants, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad on Friday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State

While in Syria the government says the Islamists have killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra

UN announces Yemeni talks, Iran to allow ship inspection

A Yemeni woman looks at her destroyed house in the Yemeni capital in March, after Saudi air strikes against Huthi rebels near Sanaa Airport. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED HUWAIS

UN chief announces talks between warring Yemeni parties in Geneva to end more than seven weeks of war, as Iran agrees to inspections of aid ship sailing to Yemen

US plans to deliver anti-tank weapons to Iraq in early June

Picture: THINKSTOCK

US to deliver 1,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq to combat Islamic State suicide bombings like those that helped group seize Ramadi, senior State Department official says

Treasures of Palmyra under threat as Islamic State arrive

A file picture shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Picture: AFP

Syrian officials, preservationists express grave concern about protecting temples, artefacts already eroded by years of war as militants advance

Islamic State storms ancient city of Palmyra

Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Militants take control of parts of historic Syrian city from government forces in fierce fighting, antiquities chief calls for help to save its ancient heritage


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