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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

French TV network TV5Monde 'hacked by cyber caliphate in unprecedented attack' that revealed personal details of French soldiers

Messages on the broadcaster's Facebook page purported to show IDs and CVs of relatives of French soldiers

A boy transports containers at a private well as people store water, amid a serious shortage in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

Yemen crisis: Shortage of water and medical supplies threatens civilians caught up in devastating civil war

Alistair Dawber reports on a looming humanitarian disaster

On a visit to Lebanon on Wednesday, Spain’s King Felipe VI lays a wreath for the soldier killed in January

Israel blames 'calculation error' for death of Spanish peacekeeper killed by artillery shell in southern Lebanon

Corporal Javier Soria Toledo is the 13th member of the Spanish armed services to die as part of the long-running UN mission which began in 1978

An elderly person buried in two pots. Daniel Calderbank, a Manchester PhD student, and Professor Stuart Campbell, working on uncovering it

Manchester archaeologists defy Isis' destruction of Iraq's cultural history by working to preserve memory of historic artefacts

'If the militants think they can erase history we are helping to make sure that can't happen'

Gulnaz and her attacker, who is now her husband

Afghan woman raped, impregnated and jailed for 'adultery by force' marries her attacker

Gulnaz gave birth to her daughter in prison after being raped

Israeli soldiers on patrol near the West Bank city of Hebron, as searches continue for three missing Israeli teenagers who are presumed to have been kidnapped

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing two Israeli solders in the West Bank

One Israeli was stabbed in the neck and is in hospital in a critical condition

Iraqi soldiers salute as they stand next to a mass grave containing the bodies of hundreds of Shia soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Isis militants in Tikrit

Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered by militants near Tikrit

The soldiers were taken prisoner by the jihadists as they swept through northern and western Iraq during their blitzkrieg advance last year Warning: Some people may find the images below distressing

The Israeli Arab political leader Ayman Odeh says he wants to work for the benefit of the entire country

Israeli politician 'has a dream' of equality between Jews and Arabs

Ayman Odeh cites civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jnr as his inspiration to close gap

A man stands on a staircase inside a demolished building inside the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp

Syria civil war: Government's 'indiscriminate and stupid' bombing of the Yarmouk refugee camp is the latest threat to its 18,000 residents

Already bombed, starved and slaughtered, the refugees living on the outskirts of Damascus are now caught up in Isis's guerrilla war with Palestinian militants

The BBC's 'Syrian Journey' game, which has sparked controversy

BBC defends Syrian Journey game where players confront problems refugees face

A refugee charity said the game stimulates the imagination

A Saudi border guard officer on patrol. File photo

Yemen crisis: Saudi Arabia's border troops fear more attacks by the Houthi militia

Concerns about incursions were central to the kingdom's campaign to stop the rebels controlling its southern neighbour - something Riyadh fears would strengthen its main foe, Iran, and heighten security risks

A file photo released in 2014 by the UNRWA, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria.

Isis militants just three miles away from Syrian President Assad’s seat of power in Damascus

Syrian government aircraft have reportedly been dropping barrel bombs on the camp since Sunday

Isis mass execution: Soldier describes surviving brutal Tikrit massacre by playing dead

Suspected mass graves are being exhumed by Iraqi forensic teams

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