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01

Australian terror plan to hide plane bomb in Barbie revealed

BBC / Australia

Details emerge of plans to hide bombs inside a doll and a meat grinder on an Australian flight.

Monday, Aug 21

14

Iraqi forces push towards IS stronghold of Tal Afar

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Popular Mobilisation militiamen are taking part in the assault on the last IS enclave in north Iraq.

12

Syria war: Russian jets 'destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour'

BBC / Middle East

Russia says 200 militants were killed in the strike, which activists say took place on Friday.

IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

BBC / Middle East

The northern city was once a strategic IS supply route between Mosul and the Syrian border.

Sunday, Aug 20

17

Syria war: Rocket 'hits Damascus trade fair'

BBC / Middle East

The event is being held for the first time in five years. with reports speaking of five deaths.

06

IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

BBC / News

The northern city, one of the last held by IS, has been a target since the fall of Mosul in July.

03

Lebanese army recaptures third of IS stronghold near Ras Baalbek

BBC / Middle East

A third of the area held by jihadists near Ras Baalbek is retaken in offensive launched on Saturday.

Saturday, Aug 19

02

Baghdad's Little Manchester

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Old Trafford's footballing giants help Iraqis escape the uncertainty and violence of everyday life.

Friday, Aug 18

19

Can Mosul University recover from IS years?

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Yalda Hakim looks at what remains of the University of Mosul.

04

Broken city

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Rebuilding Mosul and restoring trust among its residents is a monumental task, says Yalda Hakim.

Thursday, Aug 17

22

Anger over Netanyahu silence on Trump

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Israeli politicians and press decry Donald Trump's remarks on Charlottesville's violent protests.

20

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

BBC / Middle East

Mehdi Karroubi had stopped eating to demand the removal of agents from his home and a public trial.

19

Yazidi boy reunited with family after being rescued from IS

BBC / US / Canada

Emad Mishko Tamo, 12, was separated from his family after being captured by IS in 2014.

09

Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj

BBC / Middle East

The move comes after the first high-level meeting between the two neighbours since ties were cut.

Wednesday, Aug 16

21

Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of fomenting unrest

BBC / Middle East

Bahrain's state TV says Qatar plotted with opposition group to stoke anti-government unrest in 2011.

18

Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole

BBC / Middle East

MPs repeal a provision that had allowed a rapist to be exonerated if he married his victim.

16

Awamiya: Inside the devastated Saudi Shia town

BBC / News

Awamiya has been devastated by fighting between government forces and Shia militants.

14

IS conflict: Iraqi jets bomb Tal Afar ahead of ground assault

BBC / Middle East

Armoured units and special forces are gathering outside the last IS stronghold in northern Iraq.

10

Khaled Sharrouf: Australia cannot confirm IS militant's death

BBC / Australia

Khaled Sharrouf, one of Australia's most notorious figures, is reported to have died in Syria.

03

Awamiya: Inside Saudi Shia town devastated by demolitions and fighting

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Sally Nabil visited to Awamiya in Saudi Arabia, which has been devastated by demolitions and fighting.

Tuesday, Aug 15

18

Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

BBC.com

The tombs contained sarcophagi of various sizes, along with bones and clay fragments, say officials.

14

Iran judiciary freezes assets of BBC Persian staff

BBC / News

The BBC said it deplores the apparent "targeted attack" on staff, former staff and contributors.

12

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours - Rouhani

BBC / Middle East

Hassan Rouhani warned the United States to end the "language of threats and sanctions".

02

Saudi Arabia's missing princes

BBC.com

In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government.

Monday, Aug 14

13

Yemen cholera epidemic: Cases exceed 500,000 in four months

BBC / Middle East

The overall caseload has declined since early July, but 5,000 people a day are still being infected.

12

Syria war: Lion rescued from Aleppo zoo gives birth in Jordan

BBC / Middle East

Staff at the Al-Mawa reserve in Jordan found Dana nursing the cub, who they named Hajar.

Sunday, Aug 13

00

Syria war: Killing of White Helmet workers condemned

BBC.com

The US and UN express sadness after seven White Helmet members were killed in a jihadist-held town.

15

Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m

BBC / Middle East

Tehran's parliament approves a proposed bill to boost military funding in response to US sanctions.

Friday, Aug 11

00

Egypt trains collide in Alexandria killing dozens

BBC / Middle East

The transport minister says a "human error" led to the collision of two trains in Alexandria.

19

World's oldest man, Auschwitz survivor Yisrael Kristal dies

BBC / Middle East

Polish-born Yisrael Kristal survived two World Wars and Nazi camps before immigrating to Israel.