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A provincial official in Afghanistan say a suicide car bomber has attacked a security checkpoint in the country's east, killing three police officers.

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39-year-old lodges applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence

Human remains 'fall from the sky' in Saudi Arabia

Police unable to confirm if incident is related to emergency landing of Saudi flight suffering landing gear malfunction on same day

Sunni fighters arm themselves with RPG missiles launcher and machine guns as they take up position in Fallujah city, western Iraq

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As the wars in Iraq and Syria increasingly become one, Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki must restore order before sectarianism worsens

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A seagull flies past pope Francis as he arrives for the Angelus noon prayer he celebrates from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday 5 January

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Pontiff will travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan on May 24-26

Leader of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II (right), welcomes Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour visits Coptic cathedral in symbolic move to see Pope Tawadros II

Egypt's interim president on Sunday made a rare visit to see the pontiff of the nation's Orthodox Christians at St. Mark's Cathedral, the papal seat in central Cairo, according to a brief statement by the church.

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A senior Iraqi military commander has said it will take a few days to fully dislodge al-Qa'ida-linked fighters from two key western cities.

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