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U.N. Says IS May Use Civilians as Human Shields in Mosul Battle

Islamic State group fighters may be preparing to use civilians as human shields, or simply kill them, rather than let them be liberated in an Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, the U.N. said Friday. 

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Pentagon Chief Sees Role for Turkey in Mosul Battle

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday he was confident that Turkey would take part in the operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.

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Chaos as Iraq's Kirkuk Wakes Up to Jihadist Raid

The day was about to break when Haidar Abdelhussein, a 35-year-old teacher, heard shooting and looked out the door to see heavily armed jihadist fighters on his street.

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Oman Denies Arms Smuggled through Border to Yemen

Oman has strongly denied claims that arms were being smuggled through its long border with Yemen to Shiite Huthi rebels, saying traffickers were using unmonitored areas of the war-torn nation's coast.

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Armed Men Attack Migrant Boat Off Libya, 4 Dead, Up to 25 Missing

Armed men have attacked an overcrowded dinghy carrying migrants off Libya, leaving at least four dead and up to 25 missing, the German NGO Sea-Watch said Friday.

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Four Palestinians Detained after Settlement Visit

Four Palestinians have been detained by their security forces after attending a religious festival in a nearby Jewish settlement, a Palestinian security official said Friday.

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Russia Says 'Concerned' at Fighters' Refusal to Leave Aleppo

Russia said Friday it was concerned over the refusal of fighters from a former al-Qaida affiliate, the Fateh al-Sham Front, to leave Aleppo as Russian and Syrian forces have halted fighting.

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Ban Says Nearly 500 Dead, Food Running Out in Aleppo

The Russian and Syrian bombing raids in Aleppo have had horrific results with nearly 500 dead, while food rations are expected to run out by the end of the month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

The air strikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo since the Syrian government offensive was launched on September 22 have been the most intense of the five-year war, Ban told a special meeting of the General Assembly.

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Coalition Warplanes Hit Yemen Rebels

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition have hit rebel positions outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa, witnesses said Friday, after the alliance accused insurgents of breaching a shaky ceasefire.

The air strikes late Thursday targeted positions of the Iran-backed Huthi insurgents at Jebel al-Nabishuaib, on the southwestern outskirts of rebel-held Sanaa, according to witnesses.

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UN Rights Chief: Syria's Aleppo Scene of 'Historic' Crimes

The UN human rights council opened a special session on Syria's devastated city Aleppo on Friday, with rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein demanding action against "crimes of historic proportions."

The session, called by Britain, is seeking a resolution condemning gross abuses especially in Aleppo's rebel-held east where an estimated 250,000 civilians are besieged by a brutal government offensive backed by Russia. 

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