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Burundi opposition to boycott new round of talks: UN

New York - A new round of talks aimed at ending the political crisis in Burundi will open later this month in Tanzania, but the main opposition alliance will not take part, the UN envoy said Monday.

Chief of mainstream Syria opposition group resigns

Birut - The head of Syria's umbrella opposition movement announced his resignation Monday, two days before a key conference aimed at forming a new delegation to upcoming peace talks in Geneva.

Hezbollah denies sending arms to regional conflicts

Birut - The head of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah on Monday flatly denied Arab accusations his group had sent weapons to conflict-ridden regional countries, while celebrating his fighters' military wins abroad.

UN warns of conflict in Gaza if Cairo talks fail

New York - Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian Authority to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday.

Hezbollah says ready to pull forces from Iraq after IS defeat

Birut - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after the Islamic State group lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country.

Israel president denies pardon to manslaughter soldier

Jerusalem - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday formally rejected a request to pardon a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant, Rivlin's office said.

Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from IS: military source

Ceylan - Syria's army and loyalist militiamen Sunday ousted the Islamic State group from its last urban stronghold in the country as regime strikes claimed more lives in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

Israel president denies pardon to manslaughter soldier: statement

Jerusalem - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday formally rejected a request to pardon a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant, Rivlin's office said.

Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from IS: military source

Ceylan - The Syrian army and loyalist militiamen Sunday retook full control of Albu Kamal from the Islamic State group, a military source said, ousting the jihadists from their last urban stronghold in Syria.

After fall of last town, IS loses grip over Iraqis

Rawa - "Islamic State - Euphrates Province" reads an abandoned sign covered by dust and sand in the Iraqi town of Rawa.

Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut

Ramallah - The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday.

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians: monitor

Birut - At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.

Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

Birut - Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

Egypt opens Gaza border for first time since unity deal

Gaza - Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza on Saturday after a reconciliation agreement with Hamas gave the Palestinian Authority control over the crossing for the first time since 2007.

IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters

Baghdad - Its "caliphate" has imploded, its de facto capitals in Iraq and Syria have fallen, and hundreds of its fighters have either surrendered or fled.

Renewed US-Russia rift threatens slim Syria peace hope

Washington - The latest US and Russian bid to find enough common ground on which to build some hope for Syria is in trouble, just days ahead of talks that could make or break the peace process.

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

IS attack kills 26 displaced people in Syria: monitor

Birut - A car bombing blamed on the Islamic State group killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Russia opposes UN bid to salvage Syria gas attacks probe

New York - Russia on Friday opposed a last-ditch bid at the Security Council to salvage a UN-led investigation tasked with identifying the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, a day after it vetoed the panel's renewal.

Fears of bombs, IS cells haunt Mosul months after 'liberation'

Mosul - Hussein Faleh has only one dream: to return to his home in the ravaged Old City of Iraq's Mosul.

Iraq forces retake last IS-held town in country

Baghdad - The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists' self-proclaimed "caliphate" faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria.

Palestinian rams car into Israeli civilians, is shot: army

Jerusalem - A Palestinian rammed his car into two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank Friday before trying to stab soldiers and being shot, the Israeli army said.

Philippine troops abused rights in Marawi battle: Amnesty

Manila - Philippine troops detained and tortured civilians trying to flee a besieged southern city during a five-month battle with militants loyal to the Islamic State group, Amnesty International alleged Friday.

Japan asks UN council to extend Syria gas attacks probe for 30 days

New York - Japan on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to renew for 30 days a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP.

'Very disappointed' UN chief urges Saudis to lift Yemen blockade

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very much disappointed" that the Saudi-led coalition is refusing to lift its blockade of Yemen and has written directly to Riyadh's representative, his spokesman said Thursday.

Final arguments in trial of Benghazi attack 'mastermind'

Washington - Prosecutors in the trial of the alleged Libyan mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed a US ambassador argued Thursday that he was equally responsible even if he did not personally take part.

UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya

New York - UN member-states on Thursday urged Myanmar authorities to end a military campaign against the Muslim Rohingya in a resolution adopted despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional neighbours.

UN envoy confident Libya political deal 'close'

New York - UN-led talks on a new political deal to unite Libya's rival governments are making progress, the UN envoy said Thursday, expressing optimism that a deal is within reach.

IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition

Amman - The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said.

'Untold thousands' will die unless Saudis lift Yemen blockade: UN

Geneva - Thousands of civilians will die, including many children, unless a Saudi-led coalition fully lifts a blockade that has "choked off" aid supplies to Yemen, the heads of three UN agencies said Thursday.
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