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Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

BAGHDAD Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.

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Egypt finalising details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce - source 5:55pm BST

CAIRO Egypt is finalising details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live.

Gunmen attack intelligence service centre in Afghan capital Kabul 5:20pm BST

KABUL Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training centre for Afghanistan's intelligence service in the capital Kabul on Thursday, holding off security forces for hours before being killed.

Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets 5:20pm BST

KABUL A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups. | Video

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Exclusive - As Syria looks to rebuild, Finance Minister sees trade boost from forex deposits 5:08pm BST

DAMASCUS Syria will use new foreign currency certificates of deposit to help fund trade operations, its finance minister said, as the government takes tentative steps towards reconstruction following seven years of war.

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Stable Libya key to ending migration to Europe - Niger 4:19pm BST

BERLIN If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals on its shores from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters on Thursday, warning that the stability of neighbouring countries was at stake.

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Special Report - Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards ignored 3:05pm BST

FORT BENNING, Georgia Army Colonel J. Cale Brown put his life on the line in two tours of duty in Afghanistan, earning a pair of Bronze Stars for his service. In between those deployments, Brown received orders to report to Fort Benning, the sprawling Georgia base that proudly describes itself as the century-old home of the U.S. infantry. | Video

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Bahrain government rejects U.N. criticism over jailing of campaigner 2:41pm BST

GENEVA Bahrain's detention of activist Nabeel Rajab is unlawful and violates his right to freedom of expression, U.N. human rights experts have found, calling on the kingdom to release him immediately with compensation.

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Former Indian PM Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies 2:20pm BST

NEW DELHI Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was being treated said in a statement.

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Shares, emerging market currencies steady after mauling 1:35pm BST

LONDON Bruised world shares and emerging market currencies fought to regain their footing on Thursday, after China said it will hold trade talks with the United States later this month and Turkey’s lira continued its recovery run.

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