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Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video

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Islamic State shoots and beheads 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video CAIRO: A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of the video, but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group that has...


Clashes, air strikes kill 85 in Yemen

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Clashes, air strikes kill 85 in Yemen Aden: Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces and Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 85 people in Yemen, medics and military sources said Sunday, after Riyadh pledged to fund a UN aid appeal. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families have fled their homes since the coalition air war...


Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq’s largest refinery: officials

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Iraqi forces retake most of Iraq’s largest refinery: officials BAGHDAD: The insurgents attacked Iraq’s Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installations, including storage tanks. A spokesman for Iraq’s counterterrorism forces told Reuters troops protecting the refinery had now retaken most facilities, although there were still small pockets of insurgents left on the site....


Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital

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Al Shabaab militants kill regional Somali lawmaker in capital MOGADISHU :  Gunmen from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed a regional lawmaker on Saturday after he had taken his wife to hospital in the capital Mogadishu, the group and officials said. Aden Haji Hussein, a legislator from the semi-autonomous Puntland region, was sprayed with bullets when he returned to his parked car outside the...


New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear

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New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear BEIRUT: New rules in Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, have left many thousands of them at risk of abuse from landlords and detention at any time, aid workers and a rights group say. Four years of civil war across the border in Syria means that one in...


At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting

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At least 76 dead in Yemen air raids, fighting Aden: At least 76 people were killed in Yemen Friday as Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and fighting raged in Taez, officials said. At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out...


No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog

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No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog VIENNA: The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had a “constructive exchange” with Iran this week but there was no sign of a breakthrough on aspects of its nuclear program that the agency says Tehran has failed to fully address. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating Iran’s nuclear program in parallel to talks between...


New Yemen Vice President says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion

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New Yemen Vice President says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion ADEN: Yemen’s newly-appointed Vice President Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country. Arab military exercises planned for Saudi Arabia have raised speculation that Riyadh is considering land...


Iran to name first woman ambassador since 1979: media

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Iran to name first woman ambassador since 1979: media TEHRAN: Iran is to appoint a woman ambassador for the first time since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to unconfirmed media reports Wednesday. The reports said foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham would be named ambassador to an Asian country. Afkham herself said she could not comment on “rumours”, quoted by state news agency IRNA. “Appointments...


Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani

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Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani downplayed Wednesday the threat of US congressional action against an eventual nuclear deal, saying Tehran is not negotiating with the lawmakers but with world powers. The US Senate foreign relations committee gave the green light Tuesday to a bill that would give Congress the right to review a possible final...


Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting

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Obama, Iraq’s Abadi to discuss Islamic State fight in White House meeting WASHINGTON: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State on Tuesday at a White House meeting likely to be dominated by Iraqi requests for U.S. arms and tension over Iran’s role on the battlefield. In his first U.S. trip since becoming prime minister, Abadi is expected to seek billions...


Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks

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Iran puts forward Yemen peace plan as Houthis suffer battlefield setbacks ADEN: Iran proposed a peace plan for Yemen on Tuesday and called for an end to Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels allied to Tehran, but the move was likely to draw a cool response from Riyadh. On the battlefront, militiamen loyal to deposed President President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said they had pushed back Houthi fighters at several...


Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran

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Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran WASHINGTON: As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In a little known aspect of Iran’s international isolation, around two dozen states have enacted measures punishing companies operating in...


Rebels in Syria bombard government-held part of Aleppo

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Rebels in Syria bombard government-held part of Aleppo BEIRUT: Insurgents bombarded a government-held part of Syria’s second city Aleppo overnight, killing at least eight people, Syrian state media reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that tracks the war, said eight people were killed in an air strike by government forces in a separate, rebel-held part of the city. Aleppo,...


Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State in northeast

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Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State in northeast BEIRUT: At least two dozen Islamic State fighters have been killed in northeastern Syria in a battle with Kurdish forces supported by U.S.-led air strikes, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said on Saturday. Ten members of the Kurdish YPG militia were also killed in the fighting in Hasaka province, a strategically...


Iran produces mouthwash from satureja

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Iran produces mouthwash from satureja ISLAMABAD:  Researchers at a knowledge-based company has developed a mouthwash using satureja. The product called Orthodentol is an antiseptic solution intended to reduce the microbial load in the oral cavity, Iran Daily reported. The mouthwash also has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and keeps teeth clean and breath fresh. Those who wear braces have a higher...


Afghan aid workers found dead; 100 students hospitalised after meal

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Afghan aid workers found dead; 100 students hospitalised after meal KABUL: Authorities in western Afghanistan are investigating whether 100 schoolboys who were hospitalised on Saturday were poisoned, police said, a day after five aid workers kidnapped by the Taliban were found dead. The boys, ages 10 to 14, fell sick after they ate beans from a vendor outside the school who told them the meal...


First Red Cross, UNICEF planes land in Yemen

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th April 2015

First Red Cross, UNICEF planes land in Yemen GENEVA: The first two planeloads of medical aid for Yemen landed in the capital Sanaa on Friday after weeks of conflict which have killed 600 people and displaced 100,000 others, and the United Nations appealed for a pause in fighting to allow more aid in. U.N. officials and aid workers say that the fighting is pushing...


Islamic State attacks Iraqi provincial capital

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Islamic State attacks Iraqi provincial capital BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants attacked the capital of Iraq’s vast Anbar province on multiple fronts on Friday, seizing two areas on the city outskirts in a setback for a government campaign to retake the desert terrain. The jihadists deployed vehicle and suicide bombs to tear through Iraqi government lines north of the city of Ramadi...


Israeli troops kill Palestinian at militant’s funeral in West Bank

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian at militant’s funeral in West Bank HEBRON: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian stone-thrower and wounded several others in the occupied West Bank on Friday after a militant’s funeral turned violent, hospital officials and witnesses said. An army spokeswoman confirmed soldiers opened fire during the incident at Beit Omar, near the Palestinian city of Hebron, saying they had feared for their lives...


Syria talks in Moscow yield no results

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Syria talks in Moscow yield no results MOSCOW: Talks in Moscow between the Syrian government and members of the domestic opposition tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad broke up on Friday with no progress made towards ending the war. Activists among the fractious opposition groups said they had made steps towards agreeing a common position among themselves but failed to make any headway...


Suicide bomb, roadside blast kill 15 Afghan civilians

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Suicide bomb, roadside blast kill 15 Afghan civilians KABUL: A suicide car bomber targeting foreign troops killed three Afghan civilians on Friday, while a dozen people on their way to a wedding were killed in a separate roadside blast, officials said. Afghanistan’s war with Taliban insurgents is grinding on after international troops ended their combat role last year, and civilians continue to make...


Iraqi forces move against Islamic State in Sunni heartland Anbar

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Iraqi forces move against Islamic State in Sunni heartland Anbar BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive against Islamic State insurgents in the Sunni Muslim heartland of Anbar on Wednesday, seeking to build on a victory over the jihadist group last week in the city of Tikrit. Fighting began in the western province’s desert terrain as Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi was touring Anbar, visiting...


Iranian establishment faces risks if nuclear deal fails

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Iranian establishment faces risks if nuclear deal fails ANKARA: Failure to finalize a framework agreement between Iran and the six major powers aimed at curbing the country’s sensitive nuclear work could profoundly destabilize the Islamic Republic, analysts and politicians say. Iranians’ hopes of ending their international isolation have risen so high since the accord that failure to finalize it would generate levels of dismay...


Shi’ite fighters leave Tikrit under govt deal after looting: Iraq officials

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Shi’ite fighters leave Tikrit under govt deal after looting: Iraq officials BAGHDAD: Shi’ite paramilitaries started leaving Tikrit on Saturday following a government deal after locals complained that some fighters had spent several days looting the Sunni city after helping retake it from Islamic State. “As of this afternoon, the (paramilitaries) started to leave the city towards the surrounding areas outside,” said Ahmed al-Kraim, the head of the...


Iranian media split on merit of nuclear deal

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Iranian media split on merit of nuclear deal TEHRAN:  The merit of an outline nuclear deal with world powers depends on tough details being settled in coming months, Iran’s newspapers said Saturday, with opinions split on the planned agreement. Conservative outlets maintained their long-held scepticism about negotiations with the United States and other powers, but rather than criticise the process outright many questioned...


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