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Syrians gather at the site of multiple bombings that left tens dead in the northern coastal city of Jableh, between Latakia and Tartus on Monday. Picture: AFP PHOTO

IS blasts in Syria regime heartland kill more than 148

Seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside cities of Jableh and Tartus

Afghan opium farmers celebrate bumper poppy harvest

Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in Sarmurghab village in the Tarinkot district of Uruzgan province. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Farmers in southern Afghan village rejoice over bumper harvest with a traditional rope game

Bid to retake Falluja from Islamic State

UNDER SIEGE: The Baghdad government has called on civilians to flee the city after the attack of Islamic State militants by Iraq. However, Iraqi and US officials estimate that there are as many as 100,000 civilians still in Falluja. Picture: EPA

Iraqi government forces fight IS militants near Falluja and bombard central districts at the outset of an offensive to retake the longtime jihadist stronghold

Netanyahu offers to hold talks with Abbas in Paris

PEACE PLAN: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks to the media during his visit to Israel to advance a plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Picture: AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects a multilateral French peace initiative as he meets his French counterpart

Automatic radio messages alerted to smoke in EgyptAir 804

Relatives of the Christian victims of the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 react and cry during an absentee funeral mass at the main Cathedral in Cairo, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY

Electronic signals suggest more questions than answers to what may have happened to aircraft

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