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Veteran Chad leader Deby dies after battling rebels: army

Ndjame - Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno died Tuesday from wounds sustained in battle after three decades in power, the army said, opening a period of uncertainty in a country that is a key strategic ally of the West.

Chemical weapons watchdog weighs Syria sanctions

Den Haag - World powers urged the global chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday to hit Syria with unprecedented sanctions for alleged toxic gas attacks and for failing to declare its arsenal.

Russia block of Black Sea would be 'escalation': Washington

Washington - The US State Department on Monday branded as an "unprovoked escalation" reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports.

US says Russian build-up on Ukraine border is bigger than in 2014

Washington - Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as "very seriously concerning.

Top US envoy: terror threat has 'moved' from Afghanistan

Washington - Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday defended the US decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying the terror threat had moved elsewhere and that Washington needed to refocus resources on challenges such as China and the pandemic.

Russia, Ukraine expel diplomats as tensions soar

Sanktpeterburg - Russia on Saturday said it would expel a Ukrainian diplomat, prompting an immediate pledge of retaliation from Kiev, further escalating tensions over Moscow's troop build-up on Ukraine's eastern flank.

Ukraine's battle-hardened troops say ready to repel Russia

Korop - On the frontline in Ukraine's east, battle-weary soldiers are sceptical that US sanctions against Moscow and Kiev's appeal for NATO help will deter Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

Eritrea says troops in Ethiopia's Tigray, vows pullout

Addis Ababa - Eritrea has acknowledged its troops are participating in the war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region but has vowed to pull them out amid mounting international pressure.

Eritrea says troops in Ethiopia's Tigray, vows pullout

Addis Ababa - Eritrea has acknowledged its troops are participating in the war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region but has vowed to pull them out amid mounting international pressure.

UN Security Council unanimously endorses Libya progress

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the progress that Libya's warring sides have made towards peace since signing a ceasefire in October, diplomats said.

Ukraine urges Putin summit, ceasefire after Russia build-up

Paris - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called for a summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and a new ceasefire, as France and Germany urged Moscow to pull back troops after a build-up on borders raised fears the Kremlin was planning t...

Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza after rocket attack

Jerusalem - The Israeli military said early Friday it had carried out airstrikes on military targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit southern Israel.

Ukraine-Russian tensions on menu at Paris talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the former Soviet state, which fears a Russian invasion.

High seas the new front in Iran-Israel shadow war

Jerusalem - Arch-foes Israel and Iran have long fought an undeclared shadow war across the Middle East, landing blows in Lebanon, Syria and inside the Islamic republic itself.

Ukraine slams Russia's 'open' threats ahead of France, Germany meeting

Kiev - Kiev on Thursday accused Russia of flagrantly threatening Ukraine with destruction ahead of President Volodymyr Zelensky's meeting with the leaders of Germany and France.

Top US envoy Blinken vows 'enduring' Afghan ties despite troop pullout

Kabul - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Thursday that the United States will have a lasting partnership with Afghanistan even after it withdraws all forces from the country before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Syria reporters start Spain's first refugee-led news site

Madrid - Before arriving in Madrid, Muhammed, Ayham, Okba and Moussa honed their skills as journalists during Syria's bloody civil war and now they have opened Spain's first refugee-led digital magazine.

Biden tells US 'time to end America's longest war' in Afghanistan

Washington - It is "time to end America's longest war," US President Joe Biden will say Wednesday as he announces Washington's withdrawal from Afghanistan, which it invaded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks two decades ago.

Biden summit offer hailed in Moscow as win for Putin

Moscow - US President Joe Biden's invitation to Vladimir Putin to hold a summit was being hailed in Moscow Wednesday as a sign that Washington had blinked first in the showdown with Russia over Ukraine.

Biden says 'time to end' US war in Afghanistan with total pullout

Washington - President Joe Biden announced Wednesday it's "time to end" America's longest war with the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, where they have spent two decades in a bloody, largely fruitless battle against the Taliban.

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Washington - President Joe Biden will remove all US troops from Afghanistan before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, ending America's longest war around five months later than planned, a US official said.

Biden urges Putin to ease Ukraine tensions

Washington - US President Joe Biden urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ease mounting tensions with neighboring Ukraine Tuesday, joining a pushback against a build-up of troops along their border that has alarmed NATO allies.

Fury in Armenia as Azerbaijan displays war trophies

Yerevan - Armenia on Tuesday accused its historic rival Azerbaijan of fomenting ethnic hatred by displaying helmets of Armenian soldiers killed during the war between the neighbouring countries last year.

G7 urges Russia to stop 'provocations,' de-escalate on Ukraine

Paris - The Group of Seven leading economic powers on Monday called on Russia to stop its "provocations" and "de-escalate tensions" following its troop build-up on the border with Ukraine.

Canada blocks arms exports to ally Turkey

Ottawa - Canada on Monday blocked military arms exports to NATO ally Turkey after a probe found Canadian drone technology had been misdirected for use in conflicts.

'Seize opportunity' for peace in Yemen, UN urges

Berlin - The United Nations calledMonday on all parties involved in the conflict in Yemen to "seize the opportunity" for a diplomatic solution as world powers held virtual talks.

Syria used chemical weapons in 2018 attack: OPCW probe

Den Haag - The Syrian regime's air force used the chemical weapon chlorine in an attack on the town of Saraqib in 2018, the global toxic arms watchdog said on Monday after an investigation.

Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in war-torn separatist east

Kiev - Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in clashes with pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine's war-torn east, its military said Monday, as Kiev again accused Moscow of massing tens of thousands of soldiers on its border.

70 dead as battle for Yemen's Marib rages on three fronts

Dubai - Fierce fighting for Yemen's strategic Marib city has killed 70 pro-government and Huthi rebel fighters over the past 24 hours, with battles raging on three fronts, loyalist military officials said Sunday.

Battle for Yemen's Marib heats up, 53 dead in 24 hours: loyalists

Dubai - Fighting for the key Yemeni region of Marib has intensified, with 53 pro-government and Huthi rebel fighters killed in the past 24 hours, loyalist military officials said Saturday.
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