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Afghan women go online to set #myredline for peace

Kabul - Kobra Samim, who rides for Afghanistan's national cycling team, wrote on Facebook that women's participation in sport is her "red line" as the US tries to forge a peace deal with the Taliban.

A month after IS 'caliphate' defeated, challenges aplenty

Beirut - Sleeper cells, prisons teeming with jihadists, camps crammed with their wives and children -- perils abound in Syria, nearly a month after the Islamic State group's "caliphate" was declared defeated.

Amid security worries, gun sales thrive in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - Hunting rifles, pistols and towers of ammunition magazines: new gun shops are popping up in Iraq's Mosul, where residents are keen to own personal firearms in the unpredictable aftermath of jihadist rule.

Top regional officials in Iraq for symbolic summit

Baghdad - Top officials from Iraq's six neighbours gathered in its capital Saturday for a symbolic summit showcasing Baghdad's aspirations as a regional mediator, but which otherwise produced no tangible outcome.

Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's unity government announced Saturday a counter-attack against military strongman Khalifa Haftar's fighters, as clashes south of the capital Tripoli intensified."We have launched a new phase of attack.

Kosovo repatriates 110 citizens from Syria

Pristina - Kosovo on Saturday repatriated 110 of its citizens from Syria, mostly mothers with their children having followed their partners who went to join jihadist groups in the war-torn country.

Jihadists kill more than 60 regime fighters across Syria

Beirut - Jihadists have killed more than 60 Syrian regime fighters in 48 hours, a monitor said Saturday, in some of the deadliest attacks on pro-Damascus forces in recent weeks.

Saudi coalition destroys Yemen rebels' drone cave

Apo - The Saudi-led coalition launched an air raid Saturday on a cave in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, used by Huthi rebels to stockpile drones, a spokesman said.

Suicide bombers in deadly attack on Afghan ministry

Kabul - Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said, in a deadly, hours-long assault that destroyed weeks of relative calm in the capital.

Loud explosion, gunfire rock downtown Kabul

Kabul - A loud explosion and follow-up gunfire were heard near the Afghan communication ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, officials said.

IS hits Syria army with deadliest attacks since 'caliphate': monitor

Beirut - Islamic State group jihadists have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in Syria, in what a monitoring group described Saturday as their deadliest operation since the fall of the "caliphate".

Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war.

Yemen risks 'massive resurgence' of cholera: Oxfam

Mocha - Oxfam has warned that war-torn Yemen risks a "massive resurgence" of cholera, with around 195,000 suspected cases of the disease recorded so far this year.

Iraq parliament to host regional rivals in Baghdad

Baghdad - Iraq will host senior officials from neighbouring countries including regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday, as it carves out a role as a mediator in the deeply divided region.

Israel destroys family apartments of accused Palestinian killer

Hebron - Israeli forces destroyed two apartments in the occupied West Bank on Friday that housed the family of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli woman in February, the army said.

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

Geneva - The UN said Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention centres affected by clashes.

In South Sudan, illness is as deadly as war

Rumbek - By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Doha - Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan's gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed.

Taliban-Afghan talks derailed by delegate row

Doha - Critical peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar appeared to have been suspended Friday, with Washington signalling its disappointment and urging both sides to return to the table.

US, Russia thwart progress on UN call for Libya ceasefire: diplomats

New York - A British bid at the UN Security Council to demand a ceasefire in Libya faced opposition Thursday from Russia and the United States, raising doubts about prospects for a draft resolution to halt the bloodshed in Tripoli, diplomats said.

UN's Libya envoy warns Tripoli fight could spark 'conflagration'

Tripoli - The UN's Libya envoy warned Thursday of "a widening conflagration" in the North African country, as deadly clashes spread south to a key military base.

UN envoy to Libya warns of 'conflagration'

Tripoli - The UN's Libya envoy warned Thursday of "a widening conflagration" in the North African country, saying international divisions had encouraged strongman Khalifa Haftar to launch his assault on Tripoli.

Poppies bloom across Afghanistan as drought eases

Iran - A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade.

UN tells Yemen parties to pull back from Hodeida

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday urged Yemen's government and Huthi rebels to pull back their forces from the key city of Hodeida "as soon as possible" in line with a ceasefire deal reached four months ago.

World powers divided over UN call for Libya ceasefire

New York - The UN Security Council was divided Wednesday on how to address the crisis in Libya after fresh negotiations on a draft resolution demanding a ceasefire in Tripoli failed to yield agreement.

No Israeli move to annex ahead of Trump plan: Israel's UN envoy

New York - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not move to follow up on his election pledge to annex West Bank settlements before a US peace plan is released, Israel's UN ambassador said Wednesday.

South Sudan opposition urges delay to unity government

Juba - South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not ready to return to Juba and wants to postpone the formation of a unity government until security issues are resolved, an official from his party said Wednesday.

Iraq moves to ban online game PUBG for 'inciting violence'

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban the popular but brutal online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for "inciting violence" in the war-torn country.

Yemen's Huthi rebels say Trump veto proves US behind war

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthi rebels Wednesday slammed US President Donald Trump's veto of a Congress resolution directing him to end support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen as proof Washington was behind the conflict.

France to try Syrian President Assad's uncle on graft charges

Paris - The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said on Wednesday.
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