The recent plundering of priceless artefacts from Syria and Iraq by both terrorists and criminal gangs has taken place on an unprecedented scale. Stolen items have been turning up in Europe and the US, where they have then been offered to private collectors.

Heavy snow and avalanches have killed more than 106 people and injured dozens in Afghanistan. In the deadliest incident, 53 people died in one village after an avalanche in Nuristan, a north-eastern Afghan province on the Pakistan border.

Israel is influencing student, activist and parliamentary groups in the UK, offering financial and strategic support in order to gather support among young organisers and shape British politics, Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveals.

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