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  • Violent protests grip Iraq

    Basra airport was targeted by rocket fire yesterday after a night of protests over perceived misrule by Iraq's political elite during which

  • Putin rules out ceasefire

    The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian goverment offensive in rebel-held Idlib province which the United Nations fears could cause a humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians.

  • Turkey jails filmmaker for movie portraying execution of Erdogan

    A Turkish filmmaker is convicted of membership of a terrorist group for a feature film that portrayed President Tayyip Erdogan having a gun pointed at his head as his family lay dead all around him, the state news agency says.

  • Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: US envoy

    There is “lots of evidence” that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib in northwest Syria, the new US adviser for Syria says, as he warns of the risks of an offensive on the country’s last big rebel enclave.

  • ROYAL FAMILY RIFT: Saudi prince plays down speculation

    Saudi King Salman's brother has played down controversial remarks he made to anti-Saudi protesters in London that sparked furious speculation about possible discord within the royal family.

  • Israel shuts its Paraguay embassy

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the closure of Israel's embassy in Paraguay, his office said, after the South American

  • Uncertainty looms over peace talks

    Scheduled peace talks in Geneva between Yemen's government and Huthi rebels hung in the balance yesterday as both sides traded ultimatums and a UN envoy scrambled to mediate.

  • Trump denies he demanded Assad's killing

    US President Donald Trump denied Wednesday having discussed wanting to kill Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, a key claim in a new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward.

  • Hundreds of civilians flee Idlib

    Hundreds of Syrian civilians fled Idlib province yesterday as the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey readied for last-ditch talks on the fate of the last rebel bastion.

  • IS to lose all Syria territory by 2019

    The Islamic State group will have been driven from all the territory it once controlled as a self-declared "caliphate" before the end of the year, French military chief Francois Lecointre said yesterday.