The number of Turkish diplomats requesting asylum in Germany is increasing. A voting rights group has claimed that people in Germany with migrant origins are excluded from political office and the Iraqi army is on the verge of capturing Mosul from the "Islamic State."  All this and more in today's news roundup.

Turkish diplomats ask for asylum in Germany: German authorities received at least 136 asylum requests by Turkish citizens bearing diplomatic passports. Berlin's response might worsen the already tense relations with Ankara. Click here to find out more.

Germany: Voting rights group decries migrant exclusion: A Berlin-based voting rights group has begun a campaign to expose the scarcity of German parliamentarians with migrant origins. Citizens For Europe says "every political party" must improve its representation. Click here to read more.

Iraqi forces claim key Mosul base, eye victory against 'IS': Government troops have taken Ghazlani army base, an important launch pad for pushing "Islamic State" militants out of the city. About 750,000 civilians are still trapped in the Western part of Mosul. Click here to read more.

Scores killed in car bomb in Syrian town of al-Bab: At least 42 people have been killed in a car bomb reportedly perpetrated by the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) militant group. The town was captured from IS  by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on Thursday. Click here to read more.

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