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Syria forces impose 'curfew' in Raqa fearing instability, IS

Beirut - Security forces in Syria's Raqa announced a two-day curfew starting Sunday, citing instability and fears of Islamic State group attacks in the jihadists' former stronghold.

Air strikes kill five as southern Syria assault looms

Beirut - Air strikes on rebel towns in southern Syria killed five civilians and damaged two hospitals on Sunday, a monitor said, in fresh signs of a looming government assault.

Key talks to open on boosting world's chemical watchdog

Den Haag - Global powers will seek next week to take a historic step in the fight against chemical weapons by giving the world's toxic arms watchdog new power to identify those behind such attacks.

First Russia air strikes hit south Syria as assault looms

Beirut - Russia bombed rebel-held parts of southern Syria late Saturday for the first time since brokering a ceasefire there nearly a year ago, a monitor group said, as allied regime troops prepare a ground assault.

Syrian army gains ground in rebel south: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime forces on Saturday made their first gains on the ground against rebel fighters in the southern province of Daraa after several days of intensified bombardment, a monitor said.

Iraq says it killed 45 IS jihadists in Syria strike

Baghdad - Iraq said Saturday it had killed 45 jihadists from the Islamic State group, including senior members, in an air strike in eastern Syria, the second such operation in less than a month.

UN backs call for Russia to withdraw troops from Moldova

New York - The UN General Assembly on Friday backed a call from Britain, Canada, Poland and eight other countries for Russia to withdraw its troops from a breakaway region of Moldova.

UN chief appeals for end to fighting in south Syria

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for an immediate end to a military escalation in southwest Syria and a return to ceasefire arrangements agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan.

South Sudan foes to hold new talks on Monday

Khartoum - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and arch-foe Riek Machar are to meet in Khartoum on Monday for only their second round of talks in nearly two years, the Sudanese foreign ministry said.

UN envoy to Myanmar: perpetrators of Rohingya attacks must be held accountable

New York - The new UN envoy for Myanmar told authorities in Naypyidaw during her first visit that credible measures were needed to establish accountability for the violence that engulfed Rakhine state and drove 700,000 Rohingya from their homes, a UN statement sa...

Thousands flee as regime steps up shelling in south Syria

Beirut - Thousands of civilians have fled "intensified" regime bombardments of rebel-held areas in southern Syria in the past three days, a monitor said Thursday, as fears mount of a full-blown assault.

Regional leaders renew South Sudan peace push

Addis Ababa - East African leaders gathered in Ethiopia on Thursday hoping to revive stalled South Sudan peace talks, following a long-awaited face-to-face meeting between the two warring leaders.

Libya strongman's forces say key oil ports recaptured

Benghazi - A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Thursday it had recaptured two key oil ports, a week after they were seized by a rival militia in a blow to crucial exports.

Libya strongman's forces say key oil ports recaptured

Benghazi - A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Thursday it had recaptured two key oil export terminals, a week after they were attacked by a rival militia.

G7 ambassadors 'deeply concerned' about jailed filmmaker Sentsov

Kiev - G7 Ambassadors said Thursday they were deeply concerned about Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for more than a month as he serves a 20-year term in a Russian prison camp.

Damascus responsible for crimes against humanity in Ghouta: UN

Geneva - Forces loyal to Syria's government committed what amounted to crimes against humanity, including deliberately starving civilians, during the siege of Eastern Ghouta, UN investigators said Wednesday.

Biggest Iraqi tribe calls for arms to defend against IS

Baghdad - Iraq's biggest tribe has appealed for weapons to defend itself against the Islamic State jihadist group after several of its members were abducted and killed in a central desert region.

Clashes at Libya oil ports cut output by nearly half

Tripoli - Clashes between rival groups in Libya's key oil export ports have caused output to drop by nearly half, the head of the National Oil Company said on Wednesday.

Israel says could get tougher on Gaza after warplanes hit Hamas

Gaza - Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in a new flare-up of hostilities that saw dozens of rockets and mortar shells fired from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

Yemen pro-govt forces seize Hodeida airport from rebels

Sana - Yemeni forces seized Hodeida airport on Wednesday in a major step towards retaking the rebel-held port city after a week of fighting that has left nearly 350 people dead.

Yemen pro-govt forces seize Hodeida airport from rebels: coalition

Dubai - Emirati-backed Yemeni government forces seized Hodeida airport from Huthi rebels on Wednesday, the coalition said, in a major step towards retaking the key Red Sea port city.

In rebel Syria, a race to save precious property deeds

Beirut - The external hard drive had been smuggled from Syrian regime territory through jihadist-held towns and into Turkey. When Ghazwan Koronful finally got his hands on it, he sighed in relief.

Yemen's Hodeida braces for street battles

Sana - Trenches, military tanks and civilians fleeing by the busload: Yemen's Hodeida, once a bustling port city, is now bracing for battles in its streets.

UN Palestinian refugee agency to pare down operations in Gaza

New York - Facing a major funding shortfall, the UN Palestinian refugee agency is planning to defer payment of salaries and suspend some of its operations in Gaza, an official said Tuesday.

Israel court strikes down confessions of baby murder suspects

Lod - An Israeli court has struck down some of the confessions of two Jewish suspects in the arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, ruling that interrogators obtained them by duress.

Yemen government forces enter Hodeida airport

Sana - UAE-backed Yemeni government forces fought their way into Hodeida airport on Tuesday, pressing an offensive that has seen some of the most intense fighting of a three-year war against Huthi Shiite rebels.

Yemen government forces enter Hodeida airport: UAE

Abu Dhabi - Yemeni government forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, entered Hodeida airport on Tuesday, the UAE said, as the fight for control of the rebel-held port city intensifies.

Battle rages for airport in key Yemen aid hub

Sana - Intense fighting erupted Tuesday around the airport in rebel-held Hodeida in western Yemen as Saudi-backed government forces mounted a new offensive to capture the area, military sources said.

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

Geneva - A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday.

Israel mum on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria

Jerusalem - Israel declined to comment on Tuesday on a weekend air strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria after its US ally implicated it in the attack.
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