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Tillerson meets with British, Saudi, UAE ministers on Yemen

Paris - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Tuesday with the foreign ministers of Britain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss "a political solution" to the conflict in Yemen, sources said.

Russia says it's not behind Syria chemical attacks

New York - Russia rejected Tuesday fresh US accusations that it bears responsibility for recent chemical attacks by the Syrian government, calling instead for a new "truly impartial" international investigation.

Turkish attack highlights Syrian Kurds' isolation

Washington - After Turkey assaulted a relatively peaceful Kurdish enclave of northern Syria, regional leaders fear the world will abandon them even though they provided the ground troops who beat the Islamic State group.

US-led strikes kill up to 150 IS fighters in Syria: coalition

Washington - The US-led coalition has killed as many as 150 Islamic State fighters in an operation in the middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria, officials said Tuesday.

UN's Western Sahara envoy to hold talks in Berlin

New York - The UN envoy on Western Sahara talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front has invited the parties and neighboring countries to Berlin for bilateral talks, a UN spokesperson said Tuesday.

Pentagon funded Afghan units accused of rights abuses: report

Washington - The US military funded Afghan police and security units even though American officials knew members were implicated in gross human rights violations, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.

Pence visits Western Wall, says 'very inspiring'

Jerusalem - US Vice President Mike Pence visited Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, on Tuesday as he wrapped up a trip to the disputed city that Washington has declared Israel's capital.

Syria Kurds urge civilians to take up arms against Turk assault

Beirut - Syrian Kurdish leaders called on civilians Tuesday to take up arms to defend the Afrin enclave against a Turkish assault now in its fourth day."We announce a general mobilisation and we invite...

Turkey in deadly Kurdish militia clashes as US sounds alarm

Hassa - The Turkish army on Tuesday clashed with Kurdish militia in Syria in an operation that has already left three of its soldiers dead, as the United States voiced alarm that the offensive could endanger attempts to end the Syrian civil war.

Turkey presses assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

Beirut - Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies pressed an assault on a border enclave held by Kurdish militia on Tuesday but the fighting was more narrowly focused, a monitor said.

Qatar backs Turkey's military action against Kurds

Doha - Qatar has thrown its weight behind Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria, coming to the defence of the "national security" of one of its closest allies.

France sanctions businesses linked to Syria chemical weapons

Paris - France announced Tuesday that it was sanctioning 25 people and companies over their links to Syria's chemical weapons programme, as diplomats were set to meet in Paris to push for action against perpetrators of the deadly attacks.

World powers step up pressure on Syria, Russia over chemical attacks

Paris - Two dozen countries agreed Tuesday to push for sanctions against perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying Russia "ultimately bears responsibility" for such strikes.

Turkey detains dozens more in 'terror propaganda' clampdown

Ankara - Turkish security forces on Tuesday detained dozens more people across the country on accusations of disseminating propaganda for "terror" groups, in a major clampdown as Ankara presses its new offensive inside Syria.

Pence visits Western Wall after pro-Israel speech

Jerusalem - US Vice President Mike Pence visited Jerusalem's Western Wall on Tuesday while Palestinians held a general strike after denouncing his fervently pro-Israel speech the previous day as "messianic".

Turkey strikes Kurdish militants in Iraq 'planning attack'

Ankara - Turkey launched air strikes in northern Iraq on Kurdish militants planning an attack, the army said on Tuesday, just days after Ankara began an offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria.

UN Security Council refrains from condemning Turkey

New York - The UN Security Council discussed Turkey's intensifying offensive against Kurdish militias and the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria on Monday but did not condemn or demand an end to the sensitive Turkish operation.

US warns Russia on Syria chemical attack report

Washington - The United States sternly criticized Russia's failure to rein in its Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad on Monday after reports of a new regime chemical weapons strike.

EU's Mogherini 'extremely worried' by Turkish offensive in Syria

Brussels - The European Union's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Monday she was "extremely worried" by Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria, saying she would seek urgent talks with Turkish officials.

Iraq condemns German woman to death for belonging to IS

Baghdad - An Iraqi court said Sunday it had condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.

Tillerson 'concerned' over Turkey offensive in Syria

London - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday he was "concerned" about Turkey's new offensive against Kurdish militia in northern Syria, as he urged all sides to show restraint in the conflict.

Abbas urges EU countries to 'swiftly' recognise state of Palestine

Brussels - Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday urged EU member states to "swiftly" grant official recognition to the state of Palestine as he arrived to meet foreign ministers from the bloc in Brussels.

Pence says US embassy in Jerusalem to open by end of 2019

Jerusalem - US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Monday that his country would move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "by the end" of 2019, a step fiercely opposed by Palestinians.

Russia calls for diplomatic solution to Yemen conflict

Moscow - Russia on Monday called for an end to fighting in Yemen, saying there could be no military solution to the nearly four-year war between Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.

Erdogan vows 'no step back' in operation against Kurdish militia in Syria

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed that Turkey would not take any step back in its operation against Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region, saying the campaign had the backing of Moscow."We are determined. Afrin will be sorted out.

Kurds invited to join Syria peace congress in Sochi: Lavrov

Moscow - Russia said Monday it has invited Kurds to take part in an upcoming Syrian peace congress in Sochi despite a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Events since Trump decision on Jerusalem

Jerusalem - Below are the main developments since the controversial decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital:- Shockwaves -In a speech from the White House on December 6, 2017, Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli...

Turkey steps up assault on Kurdish militia in Syria

- Turkey on Monday intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and neighbours.

Turkey detains 24 over 'terror propaganda' against Syria operation

Istanbul - Turkish authorities have detained 24 people on suspicion of disseminating "terror propaganda" against Turkey's military operation inside Syria, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Saudi-led coalition announces $1.5 bn in new aid for war-torn Yemen

Riyadh - A Saudi-led military coalition on Monday announced $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen after the United Nations made what it called a record appeal for assistance for the war-ravaged country.
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