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Civilians flee their houses, as Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces fight ISIS in the village of Tob Zawa (AP)

The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety

A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia (AP)

Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bishaaro Guest House

An improvised explosive device, reportedly planted by ISIS, explodes in front of Iraqi special forces vehicles near Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)

Archbishop Warda of Irbil said his country will require intervention in order to achieve reconciliation between the country’s divided groups

People who fled ISIS strongholds of Hawija and Mosul receive aid at a camp for displaced people (CNS)

Aid workers say the assault on the city is ‘just the first of several phases’ paving the way for Christians to return to their homeland

Smoke rises from ISIS positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq (AP)

Iraq’s prime minister announced the start of the operations, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, on state television

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury at the service in Rome (AP)

The Pope and Archbishop Justin Welby signed the declaration at a Vespers service in Rome

Pope Francis greets the Archbishop of Canterbury at the service (AP)

The Catholic and Anglican leaders signed a joint-declaration during a vespers service in the church of St Gregory in Rome

Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa (CNS)

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa will focus on promoting dialogue between Christians

The boy who liked the Facebook post has been sent to jail, pending trial (Photo: PA)

The boy reportedly ‘liked’ a picture of a holy Islamic site in Mecca on the social networking site

Nigerian soldier, pictured in 2015, manning a checkpoint in Gwoza, Nigeria (AP)

Analysts are warning that a leadership struggle among Islamist groups could lead to more killings