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Troops under Russian command fire weapons into the air and shout orders to turn back at an approaching group of more than 100 unarmed Ukrainian troops at the Belbek airbase, which the Russian troops are occupying, in Crimea, Ukraine
People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. Christians and Muslims used to live to together in relative harmony in Bossangoa, but now religious tensions are high and the two sides live in camps separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes. Read more
A man carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighbourhood on Monday. Read more
An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade armoured corps exercise on Wednesday. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army stands inside a rebel hideout in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria.
Evacuees line up to receive their food ration as fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels continues in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The Philippine president has asked the last remaining pockets of rebel holdouts still holding residents hostage in coastal communities in the south to surrender and save their lives, adding that a major offensive he was overseeing to end the 11-day standoff may be nearing an end
A Free Syrian Army fighter rests in the old city of Aleppo Read more
Afghan local police attend their graduation ceremony in Laghman Province on Monday. Afghan forces took control of security across the country on June 18, marking a milestone as US-led troops prepare to withdraw after 12 years of fighting the Taliban. Read more
A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his weapon as he takes up a defensive position inside a building in Aleppo’s al-Sayyid Ali neighbourhood, on Tuesday
Hizbollah supporters in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, fire their weapons to celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to Hizbollah fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday. The Syrian army captured the strategic town near the Lebanese border after a gruelling three-week battle, handing a heavy defeat to rebels and solidifying a shift in the country’s civil war in favour of Assad’s regime. Read more