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Displaced Iraqi people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, walk at the Qadia camp on the outskirts of Dohuk province December 7, 2014.

Kurds press Iraq offensive against militants

Peshmerga recapture eight villages and kill 80 Daesh fighters in initial phase of offensive

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

Move ‘reflects Al Abadi’s keenness to ensure freedom of expression’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu arrive to attend a joint press conference in Tehran, Iran. Cavusoglu held talks with Zarif on Wednesday during his first official visit to Tehran.

Turkey, Iran spat over Syria comes to fore

Turkish minister’s Iran visit coincides with Syrian premier’s trip to Tehran

File photo of a hot air balloon

Chinese tourist killed in Turkey balloon crash

Nine other tourists, all Chinese and Malaysian, were hospitalised for fractures and broken bones

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas march during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City. The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on December 17, 2014, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

Hamas ordered removed from EU terror list

The ruling does not ‘imply any substantive assessment of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group’