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Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed talks

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Yemen separatists pull out of UN-backed talks ADEN – Separatists from southern Yemen suspended their participation in UN-sponsored talks on the future of the crisis-hit country as nine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a clash with secessionist fighters. The violence coincided with a drone strike that killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen, tribal sources said. An official in the southern...


Iraq truck bomb attack kills 11: army

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Iraq truck bomb attack kills 11: army SAMARRA: A suicide truck bomb killed at least 11 Iraqi forces south of Tikrit Saturday during operations paving the way for an assault on the jihadist-held city, the army said. “Three suicide bombers driving tanker trucks sped towards a gathering of security forces at a checkpoint,” an army lieutenant colonel told AFP on condition of...


Iran shrugs off Netanyahu bid to block nuclear deal

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Iran shrugs off Netanyahu bid to block nuclear deal TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday shrugged off a bid by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abort a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers by lobbying opposition in a speech to the US Congress. “I believe this effort is fruitless and it should not be an impediment to an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...


Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms

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Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms ISTANBUL: The jailed leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) on Saturday made a “historic” call to the separatists to hold a disarmament conference, a key step in efforts to end Turkey’s 30-year Kurdish insurgency. “As we are ushering the 30 years of conflict towards permanent peace, it is our primary goal to reach a...


Dozens dead as Qaeda in Syria takes rebel base: monitor

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Dozens dead as Qaeda in Syria takes rebel base: monitor BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said. At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra Front jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said fierce fighting...


Egypt court declares Palestinian movement Hamas ‘terrorist’

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Egypt court declares Palestinian movement Hamas ‘terrorist’ CAIRO:  An Egyptian court on Saturday declared Hamas a “terrorist” organisation, a judicial source said, weeks after the Palestinian Islamist movement’s armed wing was given the same designation. Since Egypt’s military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the authorities have accused Hamas of aiding jihadists who have waged a string of deadly attacks on...


Egypt Brotherhood chief handed fourth life sentence

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Egypt Brotherhood chief handed fourth life sentence CAIRO:  An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of protesters who stormed the group’s Cairo headquarters in 2013. Three co-defendants of Mohamed Badie — the Islamist movement’s spiritual leader who already faces three other life terms from other cases — were sentenced to...


Egyptian officer killed in Sinai tunnel collapse

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Egyptian officer killed in Sinai tunnel collapse CAIRO:  An Egyptian army officer was killed on Friday in the collapse of a tunnel in the restive Sinai Peninsula on the border with the Gaza Strip, security sources said. Another officer was injured in the accident which occurred as the armed forces were trying to blow up the tunnel in the border town of...


Libya warns of more air strikes with Egypt against IS

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Libya warns of more air strikes with Egypt against IS CAIRO: Libya’s internationally recognised premier threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the Islamic State group in his country, warning Friday that the jihadists were poised to widen their presence there. Abdullah al-Thani was referring to February 16 air strikes on the IS stronghold of Derna after the group released a video showing the beheading...


Car bomb kills 11 outside Damascus: monitor

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Car bomb kills 11 outside Damascus: monitor BEIRUT:  Eleven people were killed on Friday in a car bomb blast in a rebel-held area outside the Syrian capital, while seven people died in regime air raids, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll from the bomb blast, which occurred near a mosque in the town of Dmeir, was...


Turkey, US to begin training Syria rebels from Sunday

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Turkey, US to begin training Syria rebels from Sunday ANKARA:  The United States and Turkey will begin training and equipping thousands of moderate Syrian rebel forces on Sunday as part of a deal the two NATO allies signed last week, an official said. “I can say that the train-and-equip (programme) will begin as of March 1,” Tanju Bilgic, spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry,...


Assad has no role in Syria’s future: Britain, France

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Assad has no role in Syria’s future: Britain, France LONDON:  Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad cannot “credibly” be part of any future government combating the threat from the Islamic State (IS) group in the country, Britain and France said Friday. Assad is “stoking injustice, disorder and extremism” in Syria, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius wrote in a joint editorial...


Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5-EU

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Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5-EU BRUSSELS:  Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear programme will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland on March 5, the European Union said on Friday. The talks between political directors will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings, EU spokeswoman Catherine Ray told reporters. “The EU continues to...


IS destroy ancient idols in Iraq museum: video

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IS destroy ancient idols in Iraq museum: video BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group released a video Thursday in which militants in Iraq are seen destroying ancient artefacts that included idols, which are prohibited by the Muslim faith. The five-minute video shows militants at the museum in Mosul knocking statues off their plinths and smashing them to pieces with sledgehammers. In another scene, a...


Libya could be next Syria without West’s help: foreign minister

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Libya could be next Syria without West’s help: foreign minister PARIS: Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri has called for Western military support, saying the growing threat from jihadist groups threatened to turn his country into another Syria. “Time is running out,” Dayri told AFP in an interview on Tuesday. “Terrorism amounts to a danger not just for Libya and its neighbours. It is an intensifying...


Twin bombs kill 10 on Baghdad outskirts: police

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Twin bombs kill 10 on Baghdad outskirts: police BAGHDAD:  Two bomb blasts killed at least 10 people and wounded 30 others on the main street of a suburb of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, security sources said. At least one of the explosions in the Jisr Diyala neighbourhood on the southeastern edge of Baghdad was caused by a car bomb, an interior ministry...


France deploys aircraft carrier in Gulf for IS fight

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France deploys aircraft carrier in Gulf for IS fight ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE: A French aircraft carrier launched operations in the Gulf on Monday as Paris stepped up its participation in the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State group. Seven weeks after extremist attacks killed 17 people in Paris, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian vowed France would face the militant threat head-on....


US Pentagon chief vows ‘lasting defeat’ against IS

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US Pentagon chief vows ‘lasting defeat’ against IS CAMPARIFJAN: New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Monday vowed “lasting defeat” against the Islamic State group as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadists. Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more than two dozen senior military officers, ambassadors and intelligence officials...


Egypt court acquits ex-oil minister of corruption charges

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Egypt court acquits ex-oil minister of corruption charges An Egyptian court acquitted former oil minister Sameh Fahmy of charges of selling cheap gas to Israel and squandering public funds and threw out his 15-year jail sentence, a judicial source said on Saturday. Fahmy was first arrested and held in custody in April 2011. Prosecutors said former president Hosni Mubarak’s government sold gas at...


Monitor says Syrian army and allies killed 48 in Aleppo offensive

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Monitor says Syrian army and allies killed 48 in Aleppo offensive A monitoring group said on Saturday Syrian government forces and allied militants killed 48 fighters and family members during last week’s offensive against opposition-held areas in Aleppo province, but the army denied it. “I deny completely such an act that cannot be committed by the Syrian army whose duty is to protect lives and not...


Violence displaces 521,000 families in Iraq

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Violence displaces 521,000 families in Iraq ISLAMABAD: The number of internally displaced families fleeing conflict in Iraq has reached 521,000 according to a government official on Friday. “The last statistic shows 521,000 internally displaced families. More than 2.6 million internally displaced persons exist if the average family is five people,” Asghar al-Mosawi of the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement told...


NATO urges Russia to ‘withdraw all its forces’ from eastern Ukraine

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NATO urges Russia to ‘withdraw all its forces’ from eastern Ukraine RIGA:NATO on Wednesday urged Russia to withdraw all forces from eastern Ukraine and to end  its support for the pro-Moscow separatists as a ceasefire appeared to unravel. “I urge Russia to withdraw all its forces from eastern Ukraine, to stop all its support for the separatists and to respect the Minsk agreement,” NATO Secretary General...


Islamic State targeted in 14 airstrikes by U.S., allies -task force

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Islamic State targeted in 14 airstrikes by U.S., allies -task force WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies have staged six airstrikes around the Syrian town of Kobani, where Kurdish forces have been pushing back Islamic State forces, a joint task force statement said on Tuesday. During a 24-hour period starting early Monday local time, the coalition forces also conducted eight strikes on Islamic State in...


Air Arabia blames fuel hedging as Q4 profit falls 30 pct

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Air Arabia blames fuel hedging as Q4 profit falls 30 pct DUBAI: Air Arabia, the United Arab Emirates’ only listed airline, blamed fuel hedging as it reported a 30 percent fall in fourth-quarter net profit on Sunday. The Sharjah based carrier made a net profit of 64.6 million dirhams ($17.59 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, down from 91.8 million dirhams in the same...


Iraqi Sunni tribal leader assassinated in Baghdad

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Iraqi Sunni tribal leader assassinated in Baghdad BAGHDAD:  A Sunni tribal leader and at least seven other people were killed in Baghdad in an attack that could further inflame sectarian tension in Iraq, officials said Saturday. Unidentified gunmen attacked a two-car convoy carrying Sheikh Qassem Sweidan al-Janabi and his nephew, lawmaker Zeid al-Janabi, late Friday, officials and security sources said. Janabi was...


U.S.-led forces launch 12 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria -U.S.

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U.S.-led forces launch 12 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria -U.S. WASHINGTON: U.S.-led forces hit Islamic State targets in Iraq with 12 air strikes and three air strikes in Syria since Wednesday, the U.S. military said. Four strikes near Mosul and three near Kirkuk hit Islamic State tactical units, bulldozers, vehicles, buildings and heavy machine guns, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on...


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