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  • Iraq air strike in Syria kills 45 IS jihadists

    Iraq yesterday said it had killed 45 jihadists from the Islamic State group, including senior members, in an air strike in eastern Syria,

  • Assad defies US

    Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the country's southwest yesterday for the first time in a year, a war

  • UN for addressing root causes of Rohingya crisis

    The United Nations commends the commitment demonstrated by the government of Bangladesh in supporting the Rohingya refugees and highlighted that the root causes of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar must be addressed.

  • Taliban kill 16 Afghan soldiers, kidnap engineers after ceasefire ends

    Taliban militants kill at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials say.

  • Israeli PM's wife charged with meal fraud

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara was yesterday charged with fraud and breach of trust after a lengthy police probe into allegations she falsely claimed meals worth $100,000, the justice ministry said.

  • Erdogan doesn't rule out coalition

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his ruling AK Party could seek to form a coalition if it fails to secure a parliamentary majority in Sunday's elections, a prospect which has unsettled investors who fear it could lead to political deadlock.

  • Thousands flee rebel-held areas

    Thousands of civilians have fled regime bombardment on rebel-held areas in Syria's southern province of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said yesterday.


    In a royal decree issued on June 21, 2017, King Salman ousts his nephew as crown prince and installs his 31-year-old son, Mohammed, as his heir. Widely known as MBS, Prince Mohammed retains his role as defence minister. The move caps a meteoric rise for the young prince. It comes at the start of a major fallout with Qatar.

  • Yemen govt forces seize key rebel-held airport

    Yemeni forces seized Hodeida airport yesterday in a major step towards retaking the rebel-held port city after a week of fighting that has

  • Up to 192 people believed drowned

    As many as 192 passengers could be missing after a ferry sank into the depths of a volcanic lake in Indonesia, the search-and-rescue

  • Gaza border area heats up

    Several dozen rockets and mortar bombs launched at Israel by Palestinians in Gaza, and Israeli air strikes on the enclave's dominant

  • Yemen govt forces storm Hodeida airport

    UAE-backed Yemeni government forces fought their way into Hodeida airport yesterday, pressing an offensive that has seen some of the

  • Warplanes strike south Syria city: monitor

    Warplanes struck an opposition-held area in Syria's southwestern Deraa province yesterday, a war monitor and local activists reported, a

  • 128 feared dead

    The search for victims of a ferry that sank in the lake of an ancient supervolcano crater in Indonesia will resume today with divers and

  • 2 Bangladeshis burnt to death in Saudi Arabia

    Two Bangladeshi men were burnt to death as a fire broke out in a fume factory in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, last Saturday.

  • Afghans tired of war

    Hundreds of Afghan peace marchers arrived exhausted in the capital, Kabul, yesterday after spending the fasting month of Ramadan crossing the sun-baked, war-torn country, much of it under Taliban control.

  • UN truce efforts fizzle

    UN ceasefire efforts in Yemen appeared to have fizzled yesterday, raising fears for civilians as Saudi-backed pro-government forces press an offensive to retake the key rebel-held port city of Hodeida.

  • Battle for key Yemen port leaves 39 people dead

    Yemeni pro-government forces were locked in heavy fighting with rebels that left 39 people dead yesterday, as they pressed a Saudi and UAE-backed offensive to retake the key aid hub of Hodeida.

  • 120 countries at UN condemn Israel

    The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence.

  • Libya militia attacks oil facility in east

    A militia opposed to Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar yesterday attacked eastern oil sites under his control, setting fire to at least

  • Palestinians protest

    UN condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

    The UN General Assembly condemns Israel for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an "international protection mechanism" for occupied Palestinian territory.

  • Afghans will have bright future if US 'invaders' leave: Taliban

    The Taliban told "American invaders" to leave Afghanistan in an announcement marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan,

  • Sadr, pro-Iran Shias set to lead talks

    Iraqi nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri were set yesterday to lead talks to form a

  • Biggest assault of war launched

    A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched the largest assault of Yemen's war yesterday with an attack on the main port city, aiming

  • Saudi Arabia intercepts another Yemen missile

    Saudi air defences yesterday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan after being fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. No casualties were reported.

  • 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018: UN

    More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the United Nations said yesterday.

  • Europe's time to save deal 'almost over'

    Iran's powerful parliament speaker Ali Larijani yesterday said that the time for Europe to show it can save the nuclear deal was coming

  • Taliban agree Eid truce

    The Taliban announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion yesterday, with a three-day halt in hostilities

  • US to step up anti-IS fight in Afghanistan

    A one-week ceasefire with the Taliban announced by the Afghan government will allow the fight against the Islamic State group to be stepped up, the top US general in the country said yesterday.

  • 44 civilians killed in Syria's Idlib

    Air strikes thought to have been carried out by Russian jets on a rebel-held residential area in northwestern Syria have killed 44 civilians, a Britain-based monitor said yesterday.