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Young boys run amid the rising smoke in Cirze in late December last year, tensions have been rising in the region

Boy dies in street clashes in Turkish-Syrian border town amid fears of escalating violence

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Washington warns 'perfect storm' of conditions leaves Isis-controlled Iraq and Syria vulnerable to outbreaks of infectious disease

The world needs to look ahead and pre-empt infections, rather that reacting to outbreaks, say leading health experts

Yemen president's office director Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak kidnapped by suspected Shia rebels

Bin Mubarak turned down prime minister position last year

Rights protesters at the Saudi embassy in Vienna yesterday

Case of Saudi blogger referred to higher court as flogging postponed

Badawi's wife told BBC that his case had been referred to Supreme Court

Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for ‘insulting Islam’ on his liberal website

Raif Badawi: Saudi King 'refers case to Supreme Court', says blogger's wife

Amnesty International called the flogging which Badawi faces "macabre and outrageous"

Isis fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province

British mother who travelled to Isis-controlled Syria with toddler son 'flees to Turkey after realising her mistake'

Fighters tried to force Tareena Shakil to marry, according to reports

Raif Badawi was convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam after co-founding the now banned website Free Saudi Liberals

Raif Badawi: Fears for Saudi blogger's health as flogging 'postponed on medical grounds'

Raif Badawi , who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, has reportedly been granted a temporary reprieve

Ensaf Haidar, centre, wife of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, holds a vigil in Montreal, Quebec, urging Saudi Arabia to free her husband

Saudi Arabia publicly beheads woman in holy Mecca as blogger lashings are postponed

The Burmese woman was beheaded prompting criticism of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, following Raif Badawi's sentence

Aid workers Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli have been released

Italian hostages released: Two female aid workers in Syria freed by militants

Vanessa Marzullo and Greta Ramelli were taken in August while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo

The shocking video shows a woman being executed after al-Qaeda militants claim she committed adultery

Al-Qaeda video shows public execution of woman accused of adultery

The militant groups continue to disagree, despite joining in praise of Paris shootings

People take part in a protest by Amnesty International, for the immediate release of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi,

Raif Badawi: Sentenced to 1000 lashes, the man who started Free Saudi Liberals website has ignited a global debate

The editor was sentenced to 50 lashes every Friday for 20 weeks - all for starting a website

Video posted online by Isis propagandists appears to show the execution of what the group claims are two Russian spies by a young child

Isis fighter 'killed in Syria' days after release of propaganda 'execution' video featuring child

The boy in the video is believed to be as young as 10

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu

Turkish leader calls Israeli counterpart a 'bully' and compares him to militants responsible for Charlie Hebdo massacre

Inflammatory remarks were made during a press conference

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during the parliamentary group meeting of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on January 13, 2015

Charlie Hebdo attack: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu compares Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to Paris attackers

The Turkish premier said both had committed crimes against humanity

Former RGS schoolboy Shabazz Suleman, who now lists his location on Facebook as Raqqa, Syria

Isis has fighters 'just waiting for order to attack West', says British grammar schoolboy turned teen jihadist Shabazz Suleman

The Buckinghamshire 19-year-old claims he was returned to Isis in Syria by the Turkish authorities in prisoner exchanges last year

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