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Islamic State video of battle chaos belies portrayals of disciplined troops

Video recovered from a slain fighter shows panic and disarray, with a rifle accidently fired in an armoured vehicle, and rifles and munitions strewn across its floor

Saudi prince unveils plan to wean the top oil exporter off crude within four years

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a cabinet meeting that agrees to implement a broad reform plan known as Vision 2030 in Riyadh on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS

The plan by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is recognition that an economy based purely on energy can be vulnerable to external shocks

Iranians vote in round two of parliamentary polls

An Iranian woman casts her ballot to vote in the second round of parliamentary elections at a polling station in the town of Robat Karim, some 40 kilometres southwest of the capital Tehran, on Friday. Picture: AFP

Allies of President Hassan Rouhani are seeking to wrest more seats from hardliners, after moderate and centrist allies made major gains in the February 26 election

UN declares ‘catastrophic deterioration’ as bombing surges in Syria

Syrian civil defence volunteers and rescuers remove survivors  from the rubble of a bombed building following an air strike in Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/AMEER ALHALBI

United Nations envoy urges leaders of the US and Russia to salvage contact talks in Geneva as air strikes on Aleppo kill scores

Zuma’s visit to Iran ends on a high note

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) welcomes  counterpart Jacob Zuma at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday. Picture: EPA/PRESIDENTIAL OFFICIAL WEBSITE

SA and Iran to take economic and trade relations to greater heights, President Jacob Zuma says present trade figures do not reflect capabilities of the two economies

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