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Tens of thousands turn up for funeral of Saudi suicide attack victims

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QATIF, Saudi Arabia - Tens of thousands of people turned out at a mass funeral in eastern Saudi Arabia for 21 Shi'ite Muslims killed last week in a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State, a Reuters witness said.

Tunisian soldier shot dead after killing seven in army base shooting spree

TUNIS - A Tunisian soldier opened fire at a military base in the capital on Monday, killing seven colleagues and wounding 10 others before being shot dead himself, according to the army which said the shooter had "family problems".

7:44pm IST

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.

Top News, World, Iraq 7:12pm IST

Turkmen leader cements personality cult with gilded monument

ASHGABAT - Turkmenistan unveiled the first monument to President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Monday - a gilded 6-metre-high statue of the leader on horseback perched on a white cliff, reflecting his flourishing personality cult in the reclusive gas-rich nation.

3:38pm IST

Taliban truck bomb hits government offices in southern Afghanistan, wounds dozens

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighbourhood in Zabul in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding nearly 70 people, officials said.

South Asia, World 3:29pm IST

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. | Video

World, Top News, Syria, Iraq 9:01am IST

Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker docked at Sirte

SIRTE, Libya - Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire, officials said.

World, Libya 7:57am IST

Syria says Islamic State kills hundreds, including children, in Palmyra

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters have killed at least 400 people, including women and children, in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city four days ago, Syrian state media said on Sunday.

World, Syria 12:13am IST

Libyan government warplanes attack oil tanker docked at Sirte

SIRTE, Libya - Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked an oil tanker docked outside the city of Sirte on Sunday, wounding three people and setting the ship on fire, officials said.

World, Libya 24 May 2015

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. | Video

World, Iraq, Syria 24 May 2015

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