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Lavrov says US will not strike North Korea

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that the United States would not carry out a strike on North Korea because it knows Pyongyang has nuclear bombs.

Conflict leaves blind in rebel-held Ukraine stuck in dark

Donetsk - Partially sighted Georgiy Lukyanov makes his way through the ageing lathes in the factory where he works in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Turkish parliament extends mandate for troops in Iraq, Syria

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq, two days before Iraq's Kurdish region is due to hold a controversial independence referendum.The bill was overwhelmingly passed.

Syria at UN says 'victory is now within reach'

New York - Syria's foreign minister told the United Nations on Saturday that a military victory in the six-year war was "now within reach" following a series of battleground gains by government forces.

Syria opposition activist, daughter 'assassinated in Istanbul'

Istanbul - A veteran Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter were found stabbed to death at their apartment in Istanbul, Turkish media reported Friday, in a crime supporters claimed was an "assassination" to avenge their work.

Young lives obliterated by Yemen's war

Ibb - Yemeni teenager Nasr Mansour Ghaleb was working at his family's nut shop and hoping to go back to school in his home city of Taez when his life was cut short.

Civilians trapped as IS mounts last stand in Syria's Raqa

Ak - Among the ruins of a street in Syria's Raqa, an anti-jihadist fighter's call echoes from a loudspeaker: "Civilians, we are waiting for you to leave to safety.

Israeli strikes hit weapons depot by Damascus airport: monitor

Birut - Israeli strikes hit a weapons depot by Damascus airport overnight, targeting a warehouse belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government, a monitor said Friday.

Syria opposition activist, daughter found dead in Istanbul: report

Istanbul - A senior Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found dead at their apartment in Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported on Friday.

Pakistan tells UN won't be 'scapegoat' in Afghan war

New York - Pakistan refuses to be a "scapegoat" for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday.

Yemen president promises UN to open to aid

New York - Yemen's president on Thursday promised the United Nations to open the entire war-torn country to aid as millions of people are at risk of famine and cholera.

US-backed force clearing last IS fighters from Raqa: monitor

Birut - Syrian fighters backed by US special forces were on Thursday clearing the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists from their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said.

US watchdog highlights slapdash training to Afghan police

Washington - US efforts to train Afghanistan's security forces are being hampered by slapdash instruction, shoddy oversight and failures in governance, a watchdog warned Thursday as America sends thousands more troops to the war-torn nation.

Syria's Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial independence referendum by Iraq's Kurds.

Moscow warns US after artillery hits Syrian regime forces

Moscow - Russia warned the United States of reprisals Thursday after artillery fire from an area controlled by US-backed fighters in eastern Syria targeted government troops.

Iraq brings all remaining IS territory under attack

Baghdad - Iraq brought all of its territory still held by the Islamic State group under attack Thursday, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighbouring Syria.

Suffering grips Yemen three years after rebel takeover

Sanaa - Three years after Iran-backed rebels swept into Sanaa, a semblance of normality has returned to the Yemeni capital. But across the war-wracked country a humanitarian disaster is unfolding.

US-backed force says in 'final stages' of defeating IS in Raqa

Birut - US-backed fighters said Wednesday they were in the "final stages" of capturing Raqa from the Islamic State group as waves of air strikes pounded the jihadists' Syrian bastion.

US-backed force takes 90% of Syria's Raqa from IS: monitor

Birut - US-backed fighters have captured 90 percent of the Syrian city of Raqa from the Islamic State group after overrunning five strategic neighbourhoods, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan arms civilians to protect mosques during holy month

Kabul - Afghanistan is arming hundreds of civilians nationwide to help protect mosques during one of the holiest months on the Islamic calendar after several deadly attacks on Shiite religious sites.

Russia accuses US-backed rebels of hindering Syria IS fight

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday accused US-backed rebels in Syria of targeting regime forces to try to halt their advance against Islamic State jihadists around the city of Deir Ezzor.

At least 25 dead in South Sudan oil state battle

Juba - An outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan's oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead, a state official said Tuesday.

Egypt's Sisi meets Israeli PM at UN for first public talks

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu publicly for the first time in New York to discuss Middle East peace after US President Donald Trump said he would push for resuming stalled negotiations.

Iraqi forces launch assault for last IS bastions in Anbar

- Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units launched a dawn assault Tuesday against one of the Islamic State group's last bastions in the vast western province of Anbar bordering Syria.

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

Trump touts peace hopes at Netanyahu meeting

New York - US President Donald Trump again expressed his hopes for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis Monday as he met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WHO urges Yemen to accept vaccines as cholera crisis deepens

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Monday urged Yemen to approve cholera vaccinations it has offered to help contain an epidemic that could affect nearly a million people by year's end.

'Ridiculous' if Trump doesn't back two-state solution: Palestinian official

Ramallah - A senior Palestinian official said Monday it would be "utterly ridiculous" if Donald Trump did not commit to the two-state solution, ahead of a meeting between the US president and Mahmud Abbas.

Syria troops closer to besieging IS after crossing key river

Moscow - Syrian government troops came closer Monday to encircling the Islamic State group in a pocket of Deir Ezzor city after crossing the adjacent Euphrates River, Moscow and a monitoring group said.
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