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Fethullah Gülen is head of the ‘moderate Islamic movement’ Hizmet

A Lebanese man attempts to clear the oil in 2006

Israel asked by UN to pay Lebanon over $850m for 2006 oil spill along coast

Lebanon labelled the resolution - which is not legally binding - as 'huge progress', while Israel accused the UN of bias

Israel launches air strikes on Gaza targets, the first since the August truce

Israeli military said the airstrike was on what it called a 'Hamas terror infrastructure site'

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand near burning vehicles during a suicide attack carried out by the Islamic State group in Kesarej village, south of Zumar, Nineveh province on 18 December 2014. Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region's national security council Masrour Barzani said

Kurdish fighters clear corridor, letting trapped Yazidis leave mountain

The spectacle of the Yazidis trapped on the mountain galvanised President Barack Obama to initiate US military action in August

An Egyptian guard outside a court earlier this year

Hundreds of schoolchildren illegally detained in squalid Egyptian prison

Human rights organisation claims the boys, aged between 14 and 17, are being held in dangerous and dirty conditions and denied their rights

The US aid worker Peter Kassig in Syria, where he was held hostage in 2013

FBI 'backed secret talks' between Abu Qatada and jihadi cleric with Isis to free Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig

Talks spearheaded by controversial lawyer 'collapsed when second cleric was detained by Jordan'

Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters

Isis latest: Kurdish forces 'break' the siege of Mount Sinjar

Kurdish forces claim it is their 'biggest victory yet' against the extremist militant group

Three Isis leaders have been killed in US airstrikes

Isis latest: At least three leaders of extremist militant group killed in US airstrikes in Iraq

The leader of Isis in Iraq is said to be among those killed

Bedouin people overlook Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which have multiplied over 40 years

Diplomats water down proposals on ending Israel's West Bank occupation in attempt to avoid US veto at UN

The amended Palestinian plan has wide European support

Isis has made huge profits from captured oilfields

Syria conflict: 230 bodies 'found in mass grave' in eastern Deir al-Zour province

The tribe is from Deir al-Zor province has around 70,000 members

British embassy staff in the United Arab Emirates posted the poem on twitter

British embassy uses social media campaign to issue travel advice for those holidaying in UAE this Christmas

Staff hope to keep tourists out of trouble by highlighting potential cultural pitfalls with a play on the classic poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

An airliner comes in to land at Heathrow Airport

Police stop 15-year-old girl on her way to Syria by intercepting plane as it taxied down Heathrow runway

Counter-terror officers 'probably saved her life', Met says

Sweden became the first major European country to officially recognise the state of Palestine in October

Palestine recognised as a state 'in principle' by European Parliament in symbolic vote

A resolution passed in support of a 'two-state solution' to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A statement released by the ministry on Tuesday said the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar

Isis 'executes scores of women for refusing to marry militants', Iraq ministry claims

Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights says some of the women were pregnant

Hamas gunmen display their military skills during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the militant group

Hamas removed from list of terrorist organisations by EU court

Measures allowing asset freezes will stay in force for three months

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