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Around 30,000 Syrians are at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russia-backed regime offensive on the northern region of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
With his country facing mounting pressure to open its border, Davutoglu said the refugees would be admitted if need be, although Turkey should not be expected "to shoulder the refugee issue alone."Full Story
Italy on Monday warned Egypt it would not allow the fate of Giulio Regeni to be brushed under the carpet as anger mounted over the Cambridge University student's torture and killing in Cairo.
With the media publishing gruesome details of Regeni's treatment and pointing the finger at Egyptian security services, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was under pressure to authorize a state funeral for the slain 28-year-old.Full Story
The Iraqi army is deploying thousands of soldiers to a northern base in preparation for operations to retake the Islamic State group's hub of Mosul, officials said on Monday.
IS seized Mosul in June 2014 and except for air strikes has held Iraq's second city largely unopposed for more than 18 months as the country's security forces battled the jihadists in other areas.Full Story
A Palestinian died on Monday when a tunnel he was trying to restore collapsed near Gaza's border with Egypt, Palestinian medical and security sources said.
The death brings to 10 the number of Gazans killed in three separate tunnel collapses in two weeks.Full Story
Saudi Arabia executed on Monday an Egyptian man convicted of smuggling drugs, the interior ministry said, bringing to 59 the number of convicts put to death this year.
Ibrahim Mohammed Salman was caught trying to smuggle opium which was hidden in his car, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.Full Story
Rebels in northern Syria were under attack on multiple fronts Monday from Russian-backed regime forces, advancing Kurdish militia and Islamic State group jihadists.
One week into an assault on opposition-held areas of Aleppo province that has caused tens of thousands to flee, troops loyal to President Bashar Assad have seized a string of villages.Full Story
Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Egypt's justice minister of calling for the "mass killing" of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, which is already facing a brutal police crackdown.
Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind said in a January 28 interview with satellite television channel Sada al-Balad that he "would not be satisfied until 10,000 Brotherhood members were killed for every martyr" from the armed forces and the police.Full Story
Human Rights Watch has condemned Hamas' execution of one of its own fighters after the Palestinian militant group's military wing said the killing was carried out at the weekend.
The Al-Qassam Brigades -- the armed wing of Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip -- said it had executed one of its members on Sunday, with sources familiar with the case calling him a senior official accused of spying for Israel.Full Story
Saudi Arabian air defenses on Monday intercepted a Scud missile fired at Khamis Mushait city where a major airbase is located, the coalition fighting in Yemen said.
The interception occurred "this morning at about three o'clock," Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, told Agence France Presse.Full Story
An Israeli minister said Egypt flooded tunnels on its border with the besieged Gaza Strip at Israel's request, before a spokeswoman on Sunday said the remarks were misinterpreted.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a member of the ruling Likud party, said on Saturday that Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi "did flood a large part of the tunnels between Gaza and Sinai," calling it a "good solution."Full Story