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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chats with members of his party during a meeting of his Likud party in the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

Israel pushes controversial NGO bill despite opposition

Bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians set to win initial approval in parliament with the support of country’s right-wing

Iraq’s army prepares to retake Mosul, say officials

Members of Iraqi Shiite Badr Army. Picture: EPA/ALI MOHAMMED

Islamic State seized Mosul in June 2014 and has held Iraq’s second city largely unopposed for more than 18 months

Merkel condemns Russian-backed attacks in Syria

Turkey's prime minister calls for Nato’s help in refugee crisis and labels Russia’s bombardment of neighbouring Syria an ‘ethnic massacre’

Turkey to open its border to Syrian refugees ‘if necessary’

Syrian refugees in a camp as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on Saturday in Bab al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Picture: AFP

Turkey is ready ‘if necessary’ to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border after fleeing a regime assault, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says

Syrian troops retake rebel bastion in the south

WARFARE: Syrian rebels fire towards pro-government forces in the Seif El Dawla district in the centre of Aleppo on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

Backed by Russian warplanes, the government troops seized Ataman, which rebels had used to launch attacks in Daraa province


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