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The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's 'wife and son detained in Lebanon'

She was reportedly arrested as they tried to cross from Syria

UN halts food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees after £40m funding shortfall

Britain is the second largest country donor to the Syrian crisis

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar, a group that is affiliated to Isis, holding up the black and white Islamist flag in Iraq’s Anbar province

Jihad isn't all it's cracked up to be, say disgruntled Isis recruits

Messages home contrast bizarrely with the image of implacable and hard-hearted jihad peddled by terror websites

Woman sleeps in car and has passport taken in ban against females driving over Saudi border

Loujain Hathloul is an active campaigner against the female driving ban

The bird was found carrying explosives, a camera and a tracking device

Video: Afghan police shoot down 'suicide bomb bird' carrying explosives

The region's chief of police said that officers became suspicious of the bird when they spotted it flying with an antenna on its back

What on earth is Nick Griffin doing in Syria?

Nick Griffin was ousted from the British National Party in October

'No hard evidence' of Isis claims it kidnapped Canadian-Israeli woman Gill Rosenberg

Gill Rosenberg is reported to have been captured with several other women fighting with Kurds

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar, a group that is affiliated to Isis, holding up the black and white Islamist flag in Iraq’s Anbar province

Two sets of British brothers who are cousins 'travelled to Syria to fight alongside Isis'

The men are said to make the largest number of Isis fighters in a British family

Pope Francis calls on Muslim leaders to issue global condemnation of Isis

The Pontiff hopes a condemnation would break the stereotype that Islam is linked with terrorism

An investigation has revealed the existence of 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ in the Iraqi army, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said

Iraqi army revealed to have 50,000 'ghost soldiers' on its roll

Ghost employees are a well-known form of corruption in Iraq

An official of the Hand in Hand school inspects the damage after an arson attack. Scrawled on the walls in Hebrew are graffiti saying ‘Death to Arabs’ and ‘There’s no coexistence with cancer’

Max Rayne Hand in Hand school: Arsonists attack Jerusalem school where Jews and Muslims learn side by side

The bitterness of the Middle East conflict hit home for Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem, as the only school in the city where Jews and Muslims learn side by side – and which his three young daughters attend – is set alight

Arab-Israeli school in Jerusalem 'set on fire' and walls sprayed with racist graffiti

The source of the fire is believed to have been found in a pre-school classroom

Syria crisis: US-led coalition warplanes hit Isis capital with 30 air strikes in Raqqa

The warplanes assaulted the city of Raqqa on Friday night

Four killed in guesthouse suicide attack in Kabul as police chief resigns amid rises in deadly violence

South African head of an international aid group, his two children and an Afghan were killed in the deadly attack

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