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Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘genocide’ over Gaza deaths

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border. In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest…

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May 15, 2018

 

Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as US opens Jerusalem embassy

Israeli forces killed 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years on Monday as clashes and protests coincided with the deeply controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The surge in fatalities led South Africa to recall its ambassador in Israel “with immediate effect until further notice” while condemning…

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May 15, 2018

 

Iran turns to diplomacy amid high regional tensions

Iran’s foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the US withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria. Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave late Saturday for visits to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, a spokesman said Friday, holding meetings…

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May 12, 2018

 

Iran does not want ‘new tensions’ in Mideast: Rouhani

Iran does not want “new tensions” in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, after Israel carried out strikes against what it called Iranian targets in Syria. “Iran has always sought to reduce tensions in the region, trying to strengthen security and stability,” Rouhani told Merkel in a telephone…

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May 11, 2018

 

Syrian army shoots down dozens of Israeli missiles: state media

The Syrian army early Thursday shot down dozens of Israeli missiles launched at Syria, state media said citing a military source, as tensions escalated in the region. “Dozens of missiles were shot down in Syrian airspace by anti-aircraft systems,” the official SANA news agency said, without specifying if the missiles were aimed at the Syrian…

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May 10, 2018

 

Iranian forces fire on Israeli positions in Golan: Israeli army

Iranian forces in Syria have fired around 20 rockets and missiles at Israeli army positions in the part of the Golan Heights occupied by Israel, the Israeli army said early Thursday. The missiles, some of which were intercepted by Israel’s anti-missile system, did not cause any casualties, army spokesman lieutenant-colonel Jonathan Conricus told journalists. He…

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May 10, 2018

 

Six members of Hamas military wing killed in Gaza explosion

Six people were killed in an unexplained explosion in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, health officials said, with Hamas’s military wing saying they were members of its forces. Gaza’s health ministry confirmed six people were killed, updating the figure from an initial five, and three others wounded in what residents said appeared to be…

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May 6, 2018

 

Dozens of Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire in border protest

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire on Friday as thousands returned to the Gaza border for a sixth week of protests that have seen nearly 50 demonstrators killed. Medics treated 1,143 people, most for tear gas inhalation but 83 for wounds caused by live fire, the Gaza health ministry said. Black smoke billowed…

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May 5, 2018

 

Iran to respond to Israel ‘aggression’ in Syria: official

A senior Iranian official warned on Tuesday that his country will retaliate against Israeli “aggression” in Syria after strikes targeted military bases where Tehran’s “advisers” were stationed. “We are in Syria at the request of the Syrian government,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, president of Iran’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee. “The aggression of the Zionist entity on…

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May 2, 2018

 

Strength of Afghan security force declines sharply: US watchdog

The Taliban and other insurgent groups are gaining control over increasing numbers of the Afghan population and the strength of local security forces has declined sharply, a US government watchdog warned Tuesday. The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) paints a grim picture of the security situation in the war-torn…

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May 1, 2018

 

Israeli drone hits Gaza port: Palestinians

GAZA CITY: An Israeli air strike hit Gaza’s main port Friday night, Palestinian officials said, damaging two boats but causing no injuries. The attack, by armed drones, came at the end of a day of clashes with Israeli troops along the land border with Gaza, in which three Palestinians were killed. Israel “targeted two boats…

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April 28, 2018

 

UN peacekeepers from Nepal accused of child rape in S. Sudan

UNITED NATIONS: UN peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations of child rape in South Sudan, the UN spokesman said Monday, describing the case as “especially heinous.” At the request of the United Nations, Nepal agreed to send a team of investigators to work with the UN office of internal oversight on the case. “Any act…

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April 24, 2018

 

Syria regime bombards IS at camp near Damascus: monitor

BEIRUT: Syrian regime forces Friday intensified their bombardment of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the edge of Damascus for a second successive day in a bid to dislodge Islamic State jihadists, a monitor said. The UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said it was “deeply concerned about the fate of civilians” and thousands of refugees…

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April 21, 2018

 

Assad still has ‘limited’ chemical capability: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The Syrian regime remains able to conduct chemical attacks, though only at a limited level, the Pentagon said Thursday following last week’s international cruise missile strikes on chemical weapons-related targets. General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime retains a “residual” chemical capability at a variety…

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April 20, 2018

 

US ambassador hits back over Russian sanctions ‘confusion’

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday shot back at a White House aide who suggested that “confusion” had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” Haley said in a statement to Fox News that was confirmed by the US mission to the United…

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April 18, 2018

 

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

HOMS: Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the western city of Homs, the state news agency said Tuesday, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases. The news agency did not give further details and it was unclear who was behind the attack, which Syrian state television branded as an “aggression”. Big explosions were…

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April 17, 2018

 

Saudi-led coalition warns of ‘painful’ response over Yemen drones

RIYADH: A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Huthi rebels warned them Monday of a “painful” response if they mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones. Riyadh said last week it had shot down two drones in the south of the kingdom as well as intercepting ballistic missiles fired from rebel-held…

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April 17, 2018

 

US, France, Britain launch new UN bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, France and Britain on Saturday launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just hours after firing military strikes against Syrian targets. The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid,…

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April 15, 2018

 

Turkey hails US-led attack on Syria

ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as an “appropriate response” in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead. “We welcome this operation which has eased humanity’s conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime,”…

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April 14, 2018

 

UN boss urges restraint after strikes on Syria

UNITED NATIONS: The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime on Saturday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out air…

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April 14, 2018

 

NATO chief says supports US strikes on Syria: statement

BELGIUM: The head of NATO expressed his support for Western strikes in Syria on Saturday after bombings targeting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack. “I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France… This will reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria…

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April 14, 2018

 
 
 
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