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Ukraine clashes kill eight, hurting push for new truce

Kiev - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east.

Former Ukraine rebel head starts support group for Russian fighters

Moscow - A former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine on Thursday announced he was launching a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed.

Final MH17 report due October 13: Dutch investigators

Den Haag - The final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine last year will be released in October 13, Dutch investigators said on Thursday.

Palestinians set dates for first congress in two decades

Ramallah - Palestinian leaders have set September 15-16 as the dates for their first congress in nearly 20 years after president Mahmud Abbas announced his resignation as head of a top executive body.

IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Baghdad - A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

Ukraine averts default with major debt write-down deal

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday it has reached a crucial debt restructuring deal that will see lenders accept a 20-percent write-down and keep global markets open to the cash-strapped ex-Soviet state.

IS advances against rebels in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion there, a monitor said Thursday.

HRW urges coalition to stop using cluster bombs in Yemen

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the Saudi-led coalition battling Iran-backed rebels in Yemen to stop using cluster munitions, saying it had uncovered new evidence of their devastating impact.

Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold

Aden - An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday.

Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns

Birut - A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said.

UN gives S. Sudan president deadline to lift peace deal reservations

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday gave South Sudan President Salva Kiir until September 1 to get fully behind a peace deal after he signed the accord with reservations.

Aid groups appeal for end to Gaza blockade

Paris - Some 35 aid groups from around the world, including ActionAid and Oxfam, launched a joint call Wednesday to end Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is in dire need of reconstruction.

EU-Russia ties at new low ahead of Ukraine talks

Brussels - Ties between the EU and Russia remain at their lowest ebb over the conflict in Ukraine, ahead of a series of key talks including a visit by President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels on Thursday.

Military may have skewed IS analysis: Report

Washington - The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials have improperly rewritten intelligence assessments to give a more optimistic view of the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Assad 'confident' of Russian support for Syria regime

Birut - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed "strong confidence" Tuesday that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, speaking in an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar television network.

UN council to 'act immediately' if S. Sudan peace deal not signed

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday piled pressure on South Sudan's president, warning it was ready to "act immediately" if he does not sign a deal to end the 20-month war ripping apart the world's youngest nation.

Ukraine says EU ready to toughen stance against Russia

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday that the leaders of Germany and France had agreed to back "firm" steps against Russia should pro-Moscow rebels hold disputed elections in the ex-Soviet state's separatist east.

Sentsov: Film director turned political prisoner

Moscow - Oleg Sentsov, jailed by Russia Tuesday for 20 years on "terrorism" charges, is a promising young film director who financed his first movie from the proceeds of his children's computer and video-gaming club.

IS publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Birut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, after international condemnation of the act.

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

Rostov-on-don - A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced a Ukrainian filmmaker to 20 years in a prison colony on terror charges in a trial condemned by Kiev, Western rights groups and top film directors.

14 suspected IS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

Madrid - Spain and Morocco on Tuesday arrested 14 people on suspicion of belonging to a network that recruited and sent fighters to the Islamic State group.

Mideast leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia's military industry.

U.S. to deploy F-22 Raptor fighter jets in Europe

Washington - The United States soon will deploy F-22 Raptors in Europe, sending the stealth fighter jets to reassure NATO partners concerned about Russia's actions in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said.

Colombia rebels admit killing community leader

Havana - Colombia's FARC rebels admitted Monday to killing a black community leader in the country's southwest in early August, a crime they had strongly condemned.

UN council hears from gays who fled IS terror

New York - UN Security Council members on Monday heard Syrian and Iraqi gays tell of their terror-filled lives under the Islamic State, in the first-ever council meeting on LGBT rights.

Palmyra temple destruction by IS a 'war crime': UNESCO

Paris - The head of the UN cultural watchdog on Monday branded the destruction by IS jihadists of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra ruins as a "war crime.

Two Turkish troops, one policeman killed in PKK attacks in southeast

Istanbul - Two Turkish troops died Monday and a policeman was killed in new attacks blamed on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the country's southeast, the army and officials said.

Ukraine leader accuses Russia of arms supplies to rebel east

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday accused Russia of sending major military backup to pro-Moscow rebels, speaking just ahead of talks on the conflict with the French and German leaders.

IS blows up ancient temple at Syria's Palmyra

Birut - Jihadists with the Islamic State group have blown up a famous temple at Syria's ruins of Palmyra, an official said, confirming fears they would destroy more world-class heritage sites.

Hunger strike puts Israel under fire to curb detention without trial

Jerusalem - A Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike has sparked new calls for Israel to curb its use of a form of detention without trial, with activists charging routine abuse of a measure aimed at preventing attacks.
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