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Members of the minority Yazidi sect who were newly released hug each other on the outskirts of Kirkuk April 8, 2015

Nine-year-old Yazidi sex slave raped by 10 Isis militants is now pregnant – and could die delivering the baby

Aid workers tell of the horrific trauma experienced by kidnapped Yazidis

Isis video shows complete destruction of ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq

The video depicts the Assyrian city being blown up by militants

The provincial capital of Idlib, Syria, which fell to al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra last week

In the Middle East, our enemy's enemy must be our friend

Al-Qaeda-type movements are gaining ground, and there's only one way to stop them

Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones season 5: What would Westeros be like if set in the Middle East?

Yes, it's a silly, hypothetical question – but here we identify the feuding states and factions of the region if they existed in Westeros

Mohamed Badie and 13 others were sentenced to life in jail on charges of murder and inciting violence

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 13 members sentenced to death by Egyptian court

All 14 members of the Brotherhood were found guilty of inciting violence against the state

Palestinian killed after being shot by Israeli soldiers at his own cousin's funeral in West Bank

The man's body was carried through his village while mourners looked on

Peshmerga forces help Yazidis freed by Isis in northern Iraq earlier this week

Yazidis tell how fearful Isis kept them on move

Captives describe beatings, rapes and children taken by force

Omar Hussain, a former supermarket security guard from High Wycombe, goes by the name Abu Saeed Al-Britani

Isis advertises 10 jobs in the 'caliphate' including press officers, bomb makers and teachers

A British militant apparently wrote the list for those with 'weak faith' who are afraid to fight

A Palestinian fighter walks through the rubble of the al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, Syria

An (underground) road to Damascus: Isis could tunnel into heart of Syria's capital to take fight to gates of Assad's palace, warn experts

The extremist group is just five kilometres away from Assad's seat of power

Isis has released a propaganda video showing women in training camps

Mysterious brigade of all-female jihadists demanding equality with men emerges in Syria

This brigade insists that a woman's role is equal to a man

Yazidi women released by Isis this week were gang-raped in public by fighters

Yazidi sex slaves 'gang-raped in public' by Isis fighters, harrowing accounts reveal

Disturbing stories have emerged after 200 were released this week

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday; he called for a ceasefire and a negotiated end to the conflict

Yemen crisis: Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi rebels is a war crime and genocide, says Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the air strikes as a 'mistake' and called for a ceasefire

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers his speech in a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015

Iran nuclear deal: President Hassan Rouhani warns Tehran will not sign final deal unless economic sanctions are lifted

Framework deal signed with six world powers aims to curb Iran's bomb-capable technology

A picture posted on reddit shows a boy drawing a map from memory

Autistic boy 'draws map of world from memory'

A picture of the boy has been shared across the world

Many of the released Yazidis were elderly or infirm

Isis release over 200 captive Iraqi Yazidis to Kurdish forces - video

Reports said many were suffering from ill health, while others bore signs of abuse

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
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Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
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Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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