10 detained

ISTANBUL – Turkish police have detained 10 people including the local director of Amnesty International and other rights activists on suspicion of membership of a terrorist organisation, Amnesty said in what it called a “grotesque abuse of power”.

City destroyed

ERBIL, Iraq – The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State has damaged thousands of structures in the historic Old City and destroyed about 500 buildings, satellite imagery released by the UN showed.

Troop casualties

KABUL – The American military in Afghanistan, says it will delay announcing troop casualties until after next of kin have been notified, potentially leaving casualties unreported for days. The change in policy was instituted by General John Nicholson, the senior US commander in Kabul.

Economic crisis

DUBAI/DOHA – A month after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism, it is suffering from isolation but is nowhere near an economic crisis. The alliance against it, meanwhile, may not have options to inflict further damage.

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