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Syria regime pounds Aleppo on eve of Geneva meeting

Aleppo - Syria's regime intensified air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo province Monday as a UN envoy prepared to meet US and Russian officials to try to revive peace talks.

IS suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraq checkpoint

Ba'quba - A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, security and medical officials said.

Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights'

Havana - If Colombia signs its landmark peace deal to end a half century of civil war, the pact will offer equal social rights for women and LGBT victims, a draft inked Sunday in Havana showed.

Libya loyalists take IS bomb factory in Sirte

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's unity government said Sunday they had seized a building used by the Islamic State group to manufacture explosives in its coastal stronghold.

Air raids hit four hospitals in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Air raids have hit four makeshift hospitals in Syria's battered Aleppo city, doctors said Sunday, jeopardising medical care for more than 200,000 desperate civilians in rebel-held areas.

IS suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad

Baghdad - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, security and medical officials said.

UN summer camps give respite to traumatised young Gazans

Gaza - The UN is offering tens of thousands of children in the Gaza strip, traumatised by three wars with Israel since 2008, a summer break at play camps throughout the territory.

Coalition air strikes hit Qaeda in Yemen

Aden - Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Al-Qaeda positions in southern Yemen on Saturday killing several jihadists, as government forces appeared set on a new offensive, military officials said.

Clashes rock Syria's Manbij as IS ignores ultimatum

Birut - Islamic State group militants clashed on Saturday with US-backed fighters in the Syrian town of Manbij, pursuing their fierce defence of the jihadist stronghold and ignoring a deadline to leave.

Kerry announces fresh talks with Russia on Syria

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos.

UN backs plan to rid Libya of chemical weapons

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday endorsed plans to rid Libya of its chemical weapons and prevent them from falling into the hands of extremists like the Islamic State group.

IS uses civilians as human shields in Syrian city: Coalition

Washington - The Islamic State group is using civilians as human shields in Syria, a US military official said Friday, at a time when the coalition has been accused of killing dozens of civilians in strikes near Manbij.

HRW urges Syria regime to let aid into besieged Aleppo

Birut - Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Syrian regime forces to immediately let desperately needed aid into besieged districts of Aleppo and to allow civilians to leave the city.

Bodies of 14 executed in Libya's Benghazi received at hospital

Benghazi - A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime".

Russian warplanes 'targeted U.S., British outpost in Syria'

Washington - Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite US and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army: Hollande

Paris - France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country.

Aleppo rebel tunnel blast killed 38 regime forces

Birut - Nearly 40 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel under a government position in Aleppo city, a monitor said Friday.

U.S. retracts policy likening war journalists to 'spies'

Washington - The US military has stepped back from a policy published last year that likened journalists to spies and suggesting they may be treated as "belligerents.

French, British, U.S. soldiers 'monitoring' Libya: Commander

Benghazi - French, British and American soldiers are in Libya to "monitor" Islamic State group jihadists, a military commander in the east of the country told AFP on Thursday.

Ukraine rebels train locals to fight armed international police

- Pro-Russian insurgents in war-torn eastern Ukraine have staged sabre-rattling training exercises in preparation for the possible deployment of an armed international police force in rebel-held areas.

UN pleads for weekly 48-hour truce in Syria's Aleppo

Geneva - The UN on Thursday called for a weekly 48-hour truce in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries to reach some 250,000 civilians facing starvation.

51 civilians dead in bombardment of Syria rebel-held areas: monitor

Birut - At least 51 civilians, including 15 children, were killed in bombardment of several rebel-held areas across Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

US-backed forces give IS '48 hours' to leave Syria's Manbij

Birut - US-backed fighters on Thursday gave the Islamic State group 48 hours to leave the battleground Syrian town of Manbij, after US-led air strikes nearby reportedly killed dozens of civilians.

Syria activists urge protests over deadly coalition raids

Birut - Syrian activists on Thursday called for widespread protests after dozens of civilians were reportedly killed in US-led coalition air strikes near a northern town held by the Islamic State group.

IS-inspired attacks aid jihadists at low cost

Baghdad - The Islamic State group has claimed several high-profile attacks in the West that it appears to have inspired rather than planned, sowing fear and boosting its profile at low cost.

UN angry over European pullout of police from South Sudan

New York - Three European countries rushed to evacuate their nationals serving as UN police in South Sudan during the recent heavy fighting, without even consulting the United Nations, according to an internal UN memo obtained by AFP.

Allies finalize plans to defeat IS group

Washington - The United States gathered its allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group Wednesday and agreed on a plan to corner the jihadists in their final bastions.

Syria rebel beheading of child sparks outrage

Aleppo - Syrian residents and the opposition expressed outrage on Wednesday at the brutal beheading of a child by a rebel group in Aleppo city, branding it a "heinous act".

US, anti-IS coalition allies regroup after jihadist attacks

Washington - With jihadist attacks proliferating around the world, the United States has reassembled its coalition partners for meetings Wednesday and Thursday to review a two-year-old war that has so far failed to eliminate the Islamic State group.

Seven Ukraine troops die in worst clashes in two months

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday seven of its soldiers had been killed and 14 wounded in "very heated" fighting that marked the bloodiest clashes with pro-Russian separatists in two months.
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