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Lebanese president makes landmark visit to Iraq

Lebanese president makes landmark visit to Iraq

President Michel Aoun led a delegation yesterday to Iraq on the first visit by a Lebanese head of state to the war-scarred country, for talks that included ways to eradicate terrorism.

Egypt puts prominent politician critical of Sisi on terror list

Egypt puts prominent politician critical of Sisi on terror list

An Egyptian court put former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh on a terrorism list yesterday, state news agency MENA reported, following his arrest for alleged contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Russia blamed as Syria clinic bombed out of service

Russia blamed as Syria clinic bombed out of service

A key hospital in Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta was put out of service on Tuesday, a medical group said, with a monitor blaming Russian air strikes.

Abbas, in rare UN speech, calls for Mideast peace conference

Abbas, in rare UN speech, calls for Mideast peace conference

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to pave the way for recognition of Palestinian statehood as part of a wider Middle East peace process.

Syrian state TV shows pro-government fighters enter Afrin

Syrian state TV shows pro-government fighters enter Afrin

Syrian state television showed a convoy of pro-government fighters entering the Kurdish-held Afrin region on Tuesday to help fend off a Turkish assault.

Several dozen Russian, ex-Soviet fighters wounded in Syria clash

Several dozen Russian, ex-Soviet fighters wounded in Syria clash

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that several dozen Russian citizens and citizens of other countries in the former Soviet space had been wounded in recent clashes in Syria and were being treated in Russian hospitals.

Netanyahu aides named as suspects in new corruption probe

Netanyahu aides named as suspects in new corruption probe

Israeli police revealed on Tuesday that two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the suspects in a new corruption probe, with five others central figures in the Bezeq telecommunications group.

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

Pro-government forces pounded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said.

Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

Iranian rescue teams struggled to recover bodies on Tuesday from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in hazardous terrain near a mountain peak two days earlier with 66 people on board.

Search for missing Iran plane halted again

Search for missing Iran plane halted again

Iranian rescue teams were forced to suspend their hunt for a missing passenger plane for a second night yesterday as severe weather and hazardous mountain conditions thwarted search efforts.

Bombing kills 71 in eastern Ghouta

Bombing kills 71 in eastern Ghouta

A surge in attacks by the Syrian government and its allies has killed 71 people in the rebel pocket of eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours, a war monitoring group said yesterday.

Erdogan warns Syrian government against deal with YPG

Erdogan warns Syrian government against deal with YPG

Syria's government will face consequences if it reaches an agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia against Turkey's military operation, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday.

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