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In parts of the Middle East the West appears powerless to help beleaguered Christians

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Syrians 'forced to eat cats and dogs' to survive the war as three-quarters of population of 22 million will need aid to survive next year

An Iraqi man inspects damaged vehicles in a car bomb attack in Baghdad - Several bombings have hit different parts of Baghdad and the surrounding area

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Suicide bombers attacked a police station on Monday, killing eight officers in the deadliest of a series of attacks across the country that killed more than 60 people.

Gun attack at gas pipeline on Iraq-Iran border leaves 18 dead

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Members of jihadist group the Al-Nusra Front, which the West opposes

West suspends aid for Islamist rebels in Syria, underlining their disillusionment with those forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad

A spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army said the move was rushed and mistaken

One insurgent group linked to al-Qa’ida hopes to gain support in Syrian communities torn apart by two years of civil war by distributing aid and setting up its own schools and courts

Syria’s moderate rebel groups launch ‘soft power’ plan to beat Islamists

They hope a ‘hearts and minds’ campaign – promising extra aid and public services  in opposition-held areas – will help counter similar efforts by more radical Muslim groups

Iraqi detainees at Camp Bucca, run by US and British forces; a Red Cross report details abuse of prisoners there

Britain in dock over violent death of Iraqi

European court to decide if detention during search for Saddam supporters was unlawful

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It was the arrival of the cannon in the 19th century that finally heralded the end of elephants being used as an instrument of war. Until that time, from as early as 1000BC, they trampled across battlefields around the globe, through wars in places as far flung as Yemen and Sri Lanka.

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The Free Syrian Army (pictured) has produced an intelligence dossier charting the rise of the jihadists

Syrian rebels consider joining forces with regime troops to fight al-Qa’ida

Alliances are shifting after West warns war-torn country poses greatest terror threat

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Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan are the most corrupt regions according to Transparency International

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An Iraqi-born man has been stripped of his British citizenship for a second time on the orders of the Home Secretary, weeks after the Supreme Court overturned her  original decision.

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