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    Civilians trapped by ISIS battle

    Civilians trapped by ISIS battle


    CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from the old city of Mosul where civilians remain trapped in the crossfire between the Iraqi army and ISIS...

    CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from the old city of Mosul where civilians remain trapped in the crossfire between the Iraqi army and ISIS fighters.
    6 Israelis charged with hate crimes

    6 Israelis charged with hate crimes


    Six Israelis were charged Sunday in a monthslong hate crime investigation and a Palestinian was arrested in the stabbing of four Israelis on Sunday afternoon, a reminder that tensions are always bubbling under the surface, even in relatively quiet...

    Six Israelis were charged Sunday in a monthslong hate crime investigation and a Palestinian was arrested in the stabbing of four Israelis on Sunday afternoon, a reminder that tensions are always bubbling under the surface, even in relatively quiet times.
    ISIS leader associate linked to Istanbul nightclub strike killed

    ISIS leader associate linked to Istanbul nightclub strike killed


    A close associate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who is tied to the New Year's nightclub bombing in Turkey was killed by US forces in Syria two weeks ago, the US Central Command announced...

    A close associate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who is tied to the New Year's nightclub bombing in Turkey was killed by US forces in Syria two weeks ago, the US Central Command announced Friday.
    Israeli pot smokers say relaxed law still a drag

    Israeli pot smokers say relaxed law still a drag


    Hundreds of pot smokers unabashedly gathered outside the Knesset on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the unofficial "Weed Day" and the recent decriminalization of marijuana in...

    Hundreds of pot smokers unabashedly gathered outside the Knesset on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the unofficial "Weed Day" and the recent decriminalization of marijuana in Israel.
    Opinion: Trump's failure to justify his use of force

    Opinion: Trump's failure to justify his use of force


    Joshua Geltzer: President Trump has made clear he intends to rely heavily on military force, but has failed to fully explain and justify using force -- and that sends a very bad signal to the...

    Joshua Geltzer: President Trump has made clear he intends to rely heavily on military force, but has failed to fully explain and justify using force -- and that sends a very bad signal to the world.
    Qatari royals among 26 hostages released in Iraq

    Qatari royals among 26 hostages released in Iraq


    Members of the Qatari royal family held hostage in Iraq since 2015 were among 26 Qataris released on Friday, a Qatari source told CNN's Becky...

    Members of the Qatari royal family held hostage in Iraq since 2015 were among 26 Qataris released on Friday, a Qatari source told CNN's Becky Anderson.
    Evidence of Sarin in Syria chemical attack

    Evidence of Sarin in Syria chemical attack


    International chemical weapons inspectors have found "incontrovertible" evidence that Sarin gas, or a similar substance, was used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 89...

    International chemical weapons inspectors have found "incontrovertible" evidence that Sarin gas, or a similar substance, was used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 89 people.
    Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators

    Assad and Kim Jong Un: A tale of two dictators


    In its first 100 days, the Trump Administration has found itself in confrontation with two dictators: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and North Korea's Kim Jong...

    In its first 100 days, the Trump Administration has found itself in confrontation with two dictators: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
    US talks tougher on Iran but sticks with deal

    US talks tougher on Iran but sticks with deal


    The Trump administration ratcheted up the rhetoric on Iran Wednesday, declaring the international deal to restrain Tehran's nuclear program had failed and that Iran continues to be "the world's leading sponsor of...

    The Trump administration ratcheted up the rhetoric on Iran Wednesday, declaring the international deal to restrain Tehran's nuclear program had failed and that Iran continues to be "the world's leading sponsor of terrorism."
    Syria evacuations resume after convoy attack

    Syria evacuations resume after convoy attack


    The evacuation of civilians and rebels from several besieged Syrian towns resumed on Wednesday, Syrian state media and a monitoring group...

    The evacuation of civilians and rebels from several besieged Syrian towns resumed on Wednesday, Syrian state media and a monitoring group reported.
    US: Syria regime change is inevitable

    US: Syria regime change is inevitable


    The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has told CNN that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority, cementing an extraordinary U-turn in the Trump administration's stance on the embattled...

    The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has told CNN that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority, cementing an extraordinary U-turn in the Trump administration's stance on the embattled leader.
    Will gas attack change Trump's mind on refugees?

    Will gas attack change Trump's mind on refugees?


    In a pair of statements, one a day before and another just after he launched a missile strike against Syria on Thursday, President Donald Trump told Americans that the chemical weapons attack launched by the Assad regime on its own people fundamentally...

    In a pair of statements, one a day before and another just after he launched a missile strike against Syria on Thursday, President Donald Trump told Americans that the chemical weapons attack launched by the Assad regime on its own people fundamentally altered his view of the long, bloody conflict.
    Haley: An unprecedented step on human rights

    Haley: An unprecedented step on human rights


    Widespread human rights violations are a warning sign -- a loud, blaring siren -- that a breakdown in peace and security is coming, writes Nikki...

    Widespread human rights violations are a warning sign -- a loud, blaring siren -- that a breakdown in peace and security is coming, writes Nikki Haley.
    Report: US didn't do 'homework' on mosque airstrike

    Report: US didn't do 'homework' on mosque airstrike


    A new report suggests American forces failed to take necessary precautions to avoid dropping a pair of bombs on a Northern Syria mosque full of hundreds of...

    A new report suggests American forces failed to take necessary precautions to avoid dropping a pair of bombs on a Northern Syria mosque full of hundreds of worshipers.
    What makes the Arab world laugh?

    What makes the Arab world laugh?


    Manal Awad and Fadi Al Shehri are two stand-up comedians who are laughing through conflict. CNN meet up with them at the Yas Mall Arab Comedy...

    Manal Awad and Fadi Al Shehri are two stand-up comedians who are laughing through conflict. CNN meet up with them at the Yas Mall Arab Comedy Festival.
    What are Russia's objectives in Syria?

    What are Russia's objectives in Syria?


    CNN's Matthew Chance explains why Russia wants to maintain its strong presence in the Middle Eastern...

    CNN's Matthew Chance explains why Russia wants to maintain its strong presence in the Middle Eastern country.
    DiCaprio as a Persian poet? Sure, says Maz Jobrani

    DiCaprio as a Persian poet? Sure, says Maz Jobrani


    The Iranian-American comedian calls for more diversity in Hollywood -- something he's also written about in "I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On...

    The Iranian-American comedian calls for more diversity in Hollywood -- something he's also written about in "I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV."
    UK chose war 'before diplomacy' was exhausted

    UK chose war 'before diplomacy' was exhausted


    CNN's Becky Anderson dissects the findings of the Chilcot report with former U.S. Central Command adviser Ali Khedery and journalist Faisal Al...

    CNN's Becky Anderson dissects the findings of the Chilcot report with former U.S. Central Command adviser Ali Khedery and journalist Faisal Al Yafai.
    Aspiring star killed by ISIS

    Aspiring star killed by ISIS


    Iraq is mourning the death of "Adel Euro" who was killed in a Baghdad suicide blast on Sunday. At least 250 people lost their lives in the same...

    Iraq is mourning the death of "Adel Euro" who was killed in a Baghdad suicide blast on Sunday. At least 250 people lost their lives in the same attack.
    Arabs can't stop talking about this TV show

    Arabs can't stop talking about this TV show


    From terrorism to sectarian divides, "Seflie" is the most-watched television program in Saudi Arabia and tackles tough issues facing the Middle...

    From terrorism to sectarian divides, "Seflie" is the most-watched television program in Saudi Arabia and tackles tough issues facing the Middle East.
    Car bomb attacks hit shopping districts in Baghdad

    Car bomb attacks hit shopping districts in Baghdad


    Twin car bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed more than 120 people. CNN's Ben Wedeman...

    Twin car bombings in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed more than 120 people. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.