Alleged Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash receiving consular help from Australia

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Coalition says basic assistance being given due to hopes alleged conspirator will share intelligence on terrorist group Australia is giving consular help to the alleged senior Islamic State recruiter and conspirator Neil Prakash, with hopes he will share intelligence on the terrorist group, a federal minister has said. Australias most wanted man, who has been […]

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Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

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More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline in July as a potential turning point made possible by tougher actions against smugglers operating […]

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

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Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables […]

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Al-Qaida-linked militants’ advance throws west’s Syria plans into disarray

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Growing success of Hayat Fateh al-Sham in northern province of Idlib raises fears that regime and allies will use move as pretext to wage military campaign The wests policy on Syria has been thrown into disarray due to sweeping advances by al-Qaida-linked militants in the north-west of the country, gaining the military upper hand in […]

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers

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Concerns raised that Hassan Rouhani may unveil all-male list of ministers in cabinet reshuffle as he prepares for second term Irans president, who is mulling a cabinet reshuffle before his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, is under pressure to appoint female ministers. Hassan Rouhanis Rouhanis landslide victory in May. Officials have declared Sunday a bank holiday […]

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‘The worst it’s been’: children continue to swim as raw sewage floods Gaza beach

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For most of the 2 million people in this overcrowded strip of land largely cut off from the outside world the beach and sea are the only affordable form of recreation. The only option now is to swim and even fish in filthy water It is high summer on Gaza Citys beach. A horse and […]

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Macron attempts to broker Libyan peace with meeting of leaders

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French president convenes talks between heads of rival factions in attempt to increase conflict-ravaged countrys political stability The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to convene face-to-face talks in Europe between the leaders of the rival Libyan factions in an attempt to bring peace and political stability to the country. A stable ending the flow of […]

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Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

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The long read: When Isis rounded up Yazidi women and girls in Iraq to use as slaves, the captives drew on their collective memory of past oppressions and a powerful will to survive The day before Isis came was a holiday in Sinjar district, northern Syria and Turkey have mostly all fled to neighbouring countries or to Europe. In […]

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More Jerusalem clashes feared as Israel searches for way to secure holy site

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Death toll of violence over access to compound housing al-Aqsa mosque reaches seven, bringing global calls for restraint Israels security forces and Palestinian leaders are bracing for weeks of violence as the death toll in a bloody killed two Israeli policemen at the entrance to the site by three Israeli Arabs who Israel says smuggled […]

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