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    US-backed forces say 'major military operation' is over

    US-backed forces say 'major military operation' is over


    US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say "major military operations" in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost their grip on their self-declared...

    US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say "major military operations" in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost their grip on their self-declared capital.
    US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq

    US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq


    The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed...

    The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory.
    US President infuriates Iranians across political spectrum

    US President infuriates Iranians across political spectrum


    Tehran is a city that wears its political colors on its sleeve. The sprawling Iranian capital nestles between barren mountain ranges, its streets packed with high rises, leafy parks and...

    Tehran is a city that wears its political colors on its sleeve. The sprawling Iranian capital nestles between barren mountain ranges, its streets packed with high rises, leafy parks and markets.
    Ancient Roman theater unearthed

    Ancient Roman theater unearthed


    Israeli archeologists say they have made a dramatic discovery adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem after unearthing what they believe could have been a theater dating from ancient Roman...

    Israeli archeologists say they have made a dramatic discovery adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem after unearthing what they believe could have been a theater dating from ancient Roman times.
    New Palestinian agreement could end a decade of misrule

    New Palestinian agreement could end a decade of misrule


    In a brief ceremony held in Cairo last Thursday, Palestinian negotiators signed an agreement meant to bring an end to the bitter feud that has divided Hamas from the main Palestinian leadership. The leaders of Hamas and of the Palestinian Authority...

    In a brief ceremony held in Cairo last Thursday, Palestinian negotiators signed an agreement meant to bring an end to the bitter feud that has divided Hamas from the main Palestinian leadership. The leaders of Hamas and of the Palestinian Authority hailed the deal as the beginning of a new era, but much remains to be resolved, and the plan could unravel just as similar ones did in the past.
    Bana Alabed's message on #DayOfTheGirl

    Bana Alabed's message on #DayOfTheGirl


    Famed Syrian refugee Bana Alabed, 8, says she wishes every boy and girl had the opportunity to go to...

    Famed Syrian refugee Bana Alabed, 8, says she wishes every boy and girl had the opportunity to go to school.
    Bringing ISIS to justice for Yazidi war crimes

    Bringing ISIS to justice for Yazidi war crimes


    Nadia was just 15 when ISIS fighters swarmed into her homeland. She says she was kidnapped, bought and sold by men who told her they owned her, and repeatedly raped by...

    Nadia was just 15 when ISIS fighters swarmed into her homeland. She says she was kidnapped, bought and sold by men who told her they owned her, and repeatedly raped by them.
    Israeli, Palestinian women join peace march

    Israeli, Palestinian women join peace march


    Under a white tent on the shores of the Dead Sea, Huda Abuarquob's frustration melted away. Dancing arm-in-arm with thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women, she felt hope surround...

    Under a white tent on the shores of the Dead Sea, Huda Abuarquob's frustration melted away. Dancing arm-in-arm with thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women, she felt hope surround her.
    Turkish forces scout Syria's Idlib province

    Turkish forces scout Syria's Idlib province


    A Turkish military reconnaissance team has been deployed to the northern Syrian province of Idlib ahead of the establishment of a "de-escalation zone" there, the Turkish army...

    A Turkish military reconnaissance team has been deployed to the northern Syrian province of Idlib ahead of the establishment of a "de-escalation zone" there, the Turkish army said.
    ISIS militants surrender to Kurds, general says

    ISIS militants surrender to Kurds, general says


    Nearly 1,000 suspected ISIS militants have surrendered to Kurdish forces near Kirkuk in the last few weeks, Kurdish Gen. Shawrash Hakim said...

    Nearly 1,000 suspected ISIS militants have surrendered to Kurdish forces near Kirkuk in the last few weeks, Kurdish Gen. Shawrash Hakim said Tuesday.
    Gaza's children visit Jerusalem for first time

    Gaza's children visit Jerusalem for first time


    The selfie stick looked a bit out of place in front of the Dome of the Rock, but no one seemed to...

    The selfie stick looked a bit out of place in front of the Dome of the Rock, but no one seemed to care.
    Syria's World Cup hopes dashed

    Syria's World Cup hopes dashed


    One year, two months and 29 days after Syria began their qualifying campaign against Afghanistan, their hopes of reaching a first ever World Cup were finally ended against Australia in...

    One year, two months and 29 days after Syria began their qualifying campaign against Afghanistan, their hopes of reaching a first ever World Cup were finally ended against Australia in Sydney.
    Look what you can buy in Mosul now

    Look what you can buy in Mosul now


    Shops in Mosul that were forced to close when ISIS banned the sale of items like CDs, alcohol and cigarettes are beginning to...

    Shops in Mosul that were forced to close when ISIS banned the sale of items like CDs, alcohol and cigarettes are beginning to reopen.
    Lebanese photographers aim for stars

    Lebanese photographers aim for stars


    A collective of astrophotographers in Lebanon are capturing spectacular images of the night...

    A collective of astrophotographers in Lebanon are capturing spectacular images of the night skies.
    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.
    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.
    Design lessons from the world's smartest education centers

    Design lessons from the world's smartest education centers


    It's easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it's functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam...

    It's easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it's functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.