As Iraqi forces close in, Tikrit's few remaining civilians are cutting up white clothes and fabric to make flags of surrender, fearing their Shi'ite liberators...
Several Al-Nusra Front leaders have been killed in an attack in Syria.
IS jihadists are bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq as they continue to destroy priceless historical artefacts.

Car attack in Jerusalem hurts five

Israeli border guards are among those injured after a resident of Arab east Jerusalem ploughed his car into pedestrians, adding to inflamed tensions.
South Korean police are investigating whether the man who slashed the US ambassador in Seoul has any links to Pyongyang.
A single regime barrel bomb attack in Syria's northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 18 civilians, a monitoring group says.
The Hazm movement, seen as a cornerstone of the train-and-equip program in Syria, has disintegrated, dashing US hopes for a force against IS.
Iran has denounced as "lie-spreading" a speech in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned US Congress about a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a joint Arab force to confront security threats such as that posed by Islamic State.
It's estimated as many as three million Syrian children are going without an education as a direct result of the conflict raging in their homeland.
About 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft have pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic...
Iraqi state TV says government forces have begun a military operation to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State group.
The Iraqi army and Shi'ite militias have for weeks been closing in on Tikrit, a main IS stronghold in the country, and now they hope to retake the city.
Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo have rejected a UN envoy plan for a freeze in fighting in the northern city.
At least 19 Christians who were taken captive by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria have been released, activists say.

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