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Abbas says will reject reduced tax reimbursement from Israel

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would not accept partial payment of tax transfers owed by Israel, which decided to withhold reimbursements in retaliation for payments to prisoners jailed for attacks.

Ukraine asks UN to move ahead with peacekeeping mission

New York - Ukraine urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to draw up options for a peacekeeping mission to the war-torn Donbass region, despite opposition from Russia.

Convoy plucks women, children from last IS holdout in Syria

Sinjar - A convoy of trucks evacuated dozens of people including women and children from the Islamic State group's last Syria redoubt Wednesday, bringing US-backed forces closer to retaking the last sliver of the "caliphate".

Trucks carrying women, children leave IS Syria redoubt

- At least 10 trucks carrying men, women and children left the Islamic State group's last redoubt in eastern Syria on Wednesday, in a sign a final assault may be approaching.

US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in Syria

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it wanted to ensure foreign jihadists remain off the battlefield as it weighed options on an American detained in Syria who says she wants to return home.

US urges Pakistan to punish those behind Kashmir attack

Washington - The United States threw its support behind India on Tuesday and pressed Pakistan to punish those behind a suicide attack in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian security personnel.

UN urges India, Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree.

Dozens of civilians, fighters quit Syria jihadist holdout: SDF

Sulaymaniyah - US-backed forces said several jihadists and dozens of civilians quit the Islamic State group's last patch of territory in Syria Tuesday, and warned remaining fighters should surrender or face death.

After IS, French women held in Syria say ready to go home

- Detained after fleeing the Islamic State group's crumbling Syrian holdout, two women from France say they are ready to go home -- if they are judged fairly.

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - A double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said.

Germany wants trial for Syria jihadists but warns of difficulties

Berlin - Germany vowed Monday to prosecute German IS fighters but warned that it would be "extremely difficult" to organise the repatriation of European nationals from Syria, after US President Donald Trump called on allies to take back alleged jihadists.

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

Paris - A top Kurdish official has called on Europe not to abandon Syrian Kurds once the battle against the Islamic State group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from Turkey.

Yemen sides agree deal on first pullback: UN

New York - Yemen's government and Huthi rebels have agreed on the first phase of a pullback of forces from the key city of Hodeida, in a deal the United Nations described Sunday as important progress.

US army says still helping Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

Abu Dhabi - The US is still supporting the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, an American army general told AFP Sunday, days after lawmakers voted to end involvement in Riyadh's war effort.

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

India ends police protection for Kashmir leaders after bombing

Srinagar - Indian authorities withdrew police protection for five separatist leaders in Kashmir on Sunday amid mounting fallout from a suicide bombing that killed 41 soldiers in the disputed region.

Russia says Syrian Kurds should start dialogue with Assad

Munich - Syria's Kurds should start a dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad as their military allies the United States are readying to pull out, Russia said Sunday.

US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrender

Sulaymaniyah - Islamic State group jihadists defending their last scrap of territory in Syria have no choice but to surrender, a Kurdish-led force said on Monday, ahead of a victory declaration expected within days.

Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Washington - European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, President Donald Trump said late Saturday, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the "caliphate.

US pullout from Syria risks boosting Russia, Iran influence: Merkel

Munich - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Saturday that Washington's plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region.

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

Sulaymaniyah - Jihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometre of a village in eastern Syria.

Civilians prompt delay in assault on last IS enclave: Kurd-led forces

"Large numbers" of civilians remain inside the last Islamic State group enclave in Syria prompting a fresh delay in a final advance, Kurdish-led forces said on Saturday.

Trump promises announcement on IS 'caliphate' within '24 hours'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States would be announcing the end of the Islamic State group's once-sprawling "caliphate" within the next day.

Mines and tunnels slow final Syria onslaught on IS

Kurdish-led forces cleared landmines and searched for tunnels blocking their advance Friday on the last square kilometre of an east Syria village defended by a few hundred Islamic State jihadists.

IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi brides

London - A pregnant London schoolgirl's wish to return home after joining the Islamic State group in Syria splintered Britain on Friday as reports emerged of more UK women fleeing the war zone.

Tribal truckers, praying paramedics: mixed bag on last IS front

- As destitute civilians stumble out of the Islamic State group's last enclave in east Syria, a mixed bag of unlikely characters are pitching in to help get them to safety.

War kills over 100,000 babies a year: Save the Children

Munich - At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday.

IS suspects behind Kabul twin bombing arrested: officials

Kabul - Afghan spy agency says it has arrested two operatives from the Islamic State group suspected to be behind a twin bombing at a sports club in Kabul last year that killed at least 26 people, including two journalists.

UK teen runaway who joined IS 'wants to come home'

London - An unrepentant British teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria said in an interview Thursday that she wanted to come home, highlighting the challenge for Western governments on how to deal with returning jihadist supporters.

Syria jihadists trapped in last square kilometre

Islamic State group jihadists using tunnels and suicide bombers were mounting a desperate defence Thursday of their last square kilometre in eastern Syria.
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