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UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

Damascus - UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.

Iraq reopens Baghdad museum 12 years after looting

Baghdad - Iraq's national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered.

Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.

Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages

Paris - Faced with a seemingly unending bloody conflict in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State group, is President Bashar al-Assad the lesser of the country's evils and should the West re-engage with him?

Australia may join New Zealand's Iraq training mission

Auckland - Australia is considering joining New Zealand in a training mission in Iraq to help counter the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.

Iraq statue-smashing sparks outrage, heritage fears

Baghdad - A video of jihadists in Iraq gleefully smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers sparked global outrage and fears Friday that more of the world's oldest heritage will be destroyed.

Kofi Annan in Cuba to boost Colombia-FARC peace talks

Havana - Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrived in Cuba on Thursday to prod negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas to clinch a dragging peace agreement.

US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

Birut - The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named as London graduate

London - "Jihadi John", the masked Islamic State group militant believed responsible for beheading of at least five Western hostages, has been named as Kuwaiti-born computing graduate Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Six months after war, tempers fray among Gaza homeless

Gaza - For six months, Gazans left homeless by last year's war have waited patiently to be rehoused. But with no relief in sight and thousands still in UN shelters, tempers are fraying.

Fears grow as IS 'seizes 220 Assyrian Christians'

Birut - Islamic State group jihadists have abducted 220 Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria in recent days, a monitoring group said Thursday, as international concern grows for the minority group.

Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana

Havana - Colombia's government and leftist rebels launched a new round of peace talks Wednesday, one day ahead of the arrival of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to help facilitate negotiations.

New Yorkers charged over IS extremist plot

New York - Two New York Muslims were arraigned in federal court charged with plotting to join Islamic State extremists in Syria and threatening to carry out attacks in the United States.FBI agents arrested Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, at John F.

Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings

Birut - The kidnapping of nearly 100 Assyrian Christians by Islamic State militants in Syria has prompted terrified families to flee their homes, activists said, as Washington vowed to defeat the group.

Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

Mosul - After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq.

French warship on front line of air war against IS

A dozen French fighter jets are catapulted into the sky from an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, roaring off towards Iraq as part of the campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Timing for key Iraq battle spurs controversy

Baghdad - Iraqi officials have expressed irritation and analysts scepticism at the US prediction that an offensive to retake Iraq's key city of Mosul from jihadists could be launched in April-May.

US condemns IS jihadist kidnap of Christians in Syria

Birut - The United States has condemned the abduction by the Islamic State group of dozens of Assyrian Christians in Syria and demanded their immediate release.It was the first mass kidnapping of Christians in the war-torn country.

New Zealand military trainers to join anti-IS effort

Wellington - New Zealand will send troops to Iraq on a 'behind-the-wire" non-combat mission to boost the local military's ability to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday.

Turkey's evacuation of Syrian tomb 'no retreat'

Ankara - Turkey's decision to evacuate an historic tomb and the soldiers guarding it from Syrian territory was not a retreat, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, rejecting opposition claims Ankara had surrendered the area to jihadists.

U.S.-led strikes in Syria 'kill 1,600' in five months

Birut - US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria have killed more than 1,600 people, mainly jihadists, since they began five months ago, a monitor said on Monday.

French carrier joins fight as US reviews anti-IS effort

A French aircraft carrier launched operations against the Islamic State jihadist group Monday as the new Pentagon chief summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort.

US defence chief convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait

Kuwait City - New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will hold talks Monday in Kuwait with top US commanders and diplomats to discuss the war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.

Turkish troops enter Syria to relocate historic tomb

Ankara - Almost 600 Turkish troops pushed deep into Syria in an unprecedented incursion Sunday, relocating a historic tomb and evacuating the soldiers guarding the monument after it was surrounded by Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Suicide bomber kills 4 in Assad clan's hometown

Damascus - A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed four people on Sunday in an unprecedented attack on a hospital that took Syria's civil war to the ruling Assad clan's hometown for the first time, a monitoring group said.

Ukraine must pay for Russian gas sent to rebel areas: Medvedev

Moscow - Ukraine must pay for Russian gas being supplied to rebel areas in the country's war-torn east, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, raising the possibility of another gas dispute in the midst of winter.

UN probe ready to release Syria 'war criminals' list

Geneva - UN investigators said Friday they were prepared to publish secret lists of alleged war criminals in Syria to help stem an "exponential rise" in atrocities from nearly four years of war.

U.S. wants Mosul offensive on IS in April-May

Washington - The U.S. wants Iraq to launch its offensive to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group in April or May, military officials said.

Syria regime ready for Aleppo ceasefire, UN envoy says

Birut - The Syrian regime is ready to suspend aerial bombardment of Aleppo to allow a humanitarian ceasefire, a UN envoy said, even as government troops sought to encircle embattled rebels.

Israel's Likud claims vote for left will benefit IS

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party claims in a contentious new campaign ad that a vote for the left in Israel's March election would benefit jihadists from the Islamic State group.
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