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Air raids on market kill 40 as Syria regime hits back

Birut - Air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key border town.

New UN Yemen envoy looks to revive talks as fighting rages

Sanaa - A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen as battles raged Sunday between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes.

Syria warplanes strike northwest city seized by rebels

Kabanah - Syrian government warplanes pounded the northwestern city of Jisr al-Shughur on Sunday, a day after its capture by Al-Qaeda and its allies, a monitoring group said.

Swedish hostages held by Syrian jihadists return home

Stockholm - Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel.

Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout in northwest Syria

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could expose the regime's coastal heartland to rebel attack.

Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow

Ibb - Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks.

'Stress test' will flush out desire for Syria peace: UN envoy

New York - The United Nations envoy to war-torn Syria said he will know by the end of June if there is any appetite among the opposing sides to find a peaceful way out of the conflict.

Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back

Sanaa - Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin.

Iran ships 'turn back' from Yemen as fighting rages

Sanaa - An Iranian naval convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Shiite rebels in Yemen has turned back, US officials said, as Saudi-led warplanes kept up air strikes on anti-government forces.

Yemen clashes rage as Saudi-led air strikes target rebels

Ibb - Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit a camp housing rebel troops in Yemen's third city Taez on Friday, after a night of clashes and raids throughout the war-hit country, residents said.

New deadly strikes in Yemen despite rebel demands

Sanaa - Saudi-led warplanes launched more deadly strikes in Yemen Thursday despite a demand by Iran-backed rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.

Saudi-led coalition keeps up strikes on Yemen rebels

Sanaa - Saudi-led coalition warplanes launched new strikes in Yemen on Thursday despite a demand by rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.

IS group is 'Russia's greatest enemy', not U.S., says Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the Islamic State group was Moscow's greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United States over the Ukraine conflict.

Yemen rebels demand end to all attacks as talks condition

Ibb - Yemeni rebels demanded a Saudi-led coalition completely end its attacks as a condition for UN-sponsored talks, as the alliance launched new air strikes Wednesday a day after declaring its month-long campaign over.

No let-up in Yemen ground fighting despite air war end

Aden - Ground fighting between rebels and pro-government forces raged on in Yemen's second city Aden and other towns on Wednesday, despite the end of a Saudi-led air campaign, witnesses said.

Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters

Washington - Turkey appealed for more help Tuesday in cracking down on foreign fighters flooding to join militant ranks in Iraq and Syria, revealing it had placed 12,800 people on a no-entry list.

Coalition ends Yemen air war, but keeps options open

Riyadh - A Saudi-led coalition declared an end Tuesday to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying the threat of Iran-backed rebels there had been removed and that operations are entering a political phase.

Saudi king mobilises National Guard for Yemen operations

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered the National Guard, a ground force that exists apart from the army, to mobilise for operations against rebels in Yemen, the official SPA news agency said Tuesday.

Over 114,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Ramadi area: UN

Ginebra - More than 114,000 people have fled fighting over the past two weeks in the Ramadi area of Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations said Tuesday, expressing concern over the mounting problems faced by the displaced.

UN warns of Yemen health crisis as death toll tops 900

Ginebra - Yemen risks an imminent collapse in its health system, the UN health agency warned Tuesday, estimating the latest death toll from fighting there at 944.

In exile, Syrian Armenians feel echoes of genocide

Birut - For thousands of Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon, the slaughter and expulsion of their ancestors a century ago is less a historical event than an ongoing trauma.

Colombia, FARC trade accusations over deadly clash

Havana - Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process.

U.S. sends carrier to Yemen waters with eye on Iran convoy

Sanaa - A U.S. aircraft carrier was headed to the Arabian Sea Tuesday as Washington said it was monitoring Iranian vessels suspected of carrying weapons to Huthi rebels in Yemen in violation of a UN embargo.

Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran

Washington - Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors.

Colombia, FARC trade accusations over deadly clash

Havana - Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations Monday over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process.

Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group

Washington - Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support a terrorist organization.

18 dead, 300 hurt as raids on Yemen capital spark blasts

Sanaa - Saudi-led air strikes on a missile depot in Yemen's rebel-held capital Monday sparked explosions that left at least 18 people dead and 300 wounded, flattening houses and shaking faraway neighbourhoods.

Australian PM to talk border security on Turkey trip

Wellington - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he will use a trip to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations to push Ankara for increased security on its border with Syria and Iraq.

Two suspected FARC fighters killed in Colombia

Estanzuela - Two suspected FARC guerrillas have been killed in central Colombia, officials said, days after President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes on the Marxist rebels.
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