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Norwegian Refugee Council staff abducted in Yemen: minister

Aden - Yemeni rebels have abducted a dozen local staff working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Red Sea district of Hodeida, a minister and local sources said Monday.

Aid for Sudan to drop despite US easing sanctions: UN

Khartoum - Global financial support for humanitarian work in conflict-riven Sudan is expected to drop this year despite improved aid access and the easing of US sanctions, the top UN aid official in the country said.

Syria regime shelling 'bloody message" before talks: opposition

Birut - The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a "bloody message" aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week.

Syria regime shelling 'bloody message" before talks: opposition

Birut - The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a "bloody message" aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week.

Syria regime shelling 'bloody message" before talks: opposition

Birut - The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a "bloody message" aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week.

Optimism on the front line over Mosul assault

- In the arid hills, Iraqi forces drive their armed vehicles towards a village of around a dozen small stone houses. There is a sudden explosion. "Got it!" shouts an officer.

Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi

Fallujah - Security forces in Iraq's western region of Anbar began digging a trench around the provincial capital Ramadi Sunday to protect it against infiltrations by the Islamic State group, officials said.

Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi

Fallujah - Security forces in Iraq's western region of Anbar began digging a trench around the provincial capital Ramadi Sunday to protect it against infiltrations by the Islamic State group, officials said.

Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi

Fallujah - Security forces in Iraq's western region of Anbar began digging a trench around the provincial capital Ramadi Sunday to protect it against infiltrations by the Islamic State group, officials said.

Israel-US team to discuss settlements says Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israel and the US will set up a joint team to discuss Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, days after talks with President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu held secret Arab peace meeting: report

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with Arab rulers last year to hear then US secretary of state John Kerry pitch a regional peace plan, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.

'Race against clock' to prepare for west Mosul exodus: UN

Baghdad - The United Nations said Sunday as Iraqi forces launched their offensive to retake west Mosul that it was rushing to build more shelters ahead of an expected wave of displacement.

UN envoy De Mistura questions US engagement on Syria

Munich - UN envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday questioned US President Donald Trump's engagement in solving the Syrian war, just days ahead of a new round of peace talks in Geneva."Where is the US in all this?

Israel's Lieberman insists land swaps key to two-state solution

Munich - A two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict must include exchanges of people and land to ensure the two sides are completely separated, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday.

350,000 children trapped in west Mosul: Save the Children

London - Around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul, Save the Children warned on Sunday as Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on jihadists defending the strategic city.

Key dates in battle for Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi government forces launched a major offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on October 17, 2016.

Key dates in battle for Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi government forces launched a major offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on October 17, 2016.

Key dates in battle for Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi government forces launched a major offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group on October 17, 2016.

Iraq launches assault on IS-held west Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched an offensive Sunday on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country's second city.

Iraq launches assault on IS-held west Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched an offensive Sunday on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country's second city.

Iraq launches assault on IS-held west Mosul

Baghdad - Iraqi forces launched an offensive Sunday on jihadists defending Mosul's west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country's second city.

'War won't stop us' vow Syria child victims Bana, Abdel

Ankara - Two Syrian children who have become powerful symbols of their homeland's conflict met Saturday, vowing that "the war will not stop us" despite the horrific violence around them.

Syria regime shelling of funeral kills 9: monitor

Birut - At least nine people were killed on Saturday when government forces launched a barrage of rockets that hit a funeral on the edges of the Syrian capital, a monitor said.

Turkey presents US options for Raqa operation: report

Ankara - Turkey has presented two plans to the US detailing how a joint operation could retake the IS de-facto capital of Raqa in northern Syria, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

New Ukraine truce due to come into force Monday

Moscow - A truce between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine will come into force Monday, Moscow and Kiev said, though some separatists were already labelling it unfeasible.

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Washington - With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace?

Iraq's Bashiqa brings back the booze to clear IS hangover

Al Hamdaniyah - Surrounded by the ruins of pastel-coloured buildings still bearing slogans glorifying the Islamic State's "caliphate", Wissam Ghanem is having a slow day selling beer, vodka and whisky.

'Daddy, pick me up!' screams boy after Syria attack

Idlib - In the aftermath of a barrel bomb attack in Syria's Idlib, nine-year-old Abdel Basset Al-Satuf tries to sit up, his legs blown off, and screams "Daddy, pick me up!

IS leaders leaving Syria's Raqa, Pentagon says

Washington - Leaders of the Islamic State group are leaving their Syrian stronghold of Raqa, fleeing in the face of the Arab-Kurd offensive backed by the international coalition, the US Defense Department said Friday.

Libyans mark start of uprising that ended dictatorship

Tripoli - Libyans Friday marked the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi, waving flags in central Tripoli even as the country reels from political chaos and security problems.
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