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Evacuation of two pro-Assad Syrian villages complete

Evacuation of two pro-Assad Syrian villages complete

The evacuation of thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that were besieged by rebels in the northwest is complete, state media said on Thursday, with the government expected to release hundreds of detainees in return.

Buses to evacuate thousands from 2 Syrian villages

Buses to evacuate thousands from 2 Syrian villages

More than 100 buses arrived yesterday to evacuate thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that are besieged by rebels in the northwest, under a deal in which the government is expected to release hundreds of detainees.

Japan’s envoy conquers Iraqi hearts and minds

Japan’s envoy conquers Iraqi hearts and minds

While foreign diplomats often struggle to win over ordinary Iraqis, Japan’s departing ambassador has stolen hearts — thanks to witty social media videos in classical Arabic and local dialects.

Houthis say they attacked Aramco refinery with drone

Houthis say they attacked Aramco refinery with drone

The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it had attacked a Saudi Aramco refinery in Riyadh yesterday using a drone, but the oil company said a limited fire at the plant was due to “an operational incident”.

Thousands set to be evacuated from north-western Syria

Thousands set to be evacuated from north-western Syria

More than 100 buses headed early Wednesday to two towns in north-western Syria to evacuate thousands of people under a deal reached between an al-Qaeda-linked group and the Syrian government

Civilians killed, wounded in shelling on Yemen market: MSF

Civilians killed, wounded in shelling on Yemen market: MSF

Three civilians were killed and nine wounded when a mortar shell hit a crowded market in southwestern Yemen, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Wednesday.

Air strikes kill 12 civilians in south Syria rebel holdout

Air strikes kill 12 civilians in south Syria rebel holdout

Unidentified air strikes have killed 12 civilians in a rebel-held pocket of southern Syria as regime ally Russia presses talks for Damascus to retake the area, a monitor said Wednesday.

Israel tightens Gaza blockade

Israel tightens Gaza blockade

Israel tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip yesterday partly over kites carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland as concerns mounted over whether the rudimentary devices could spark another war.

Iran files suit in top court against US over sanctions

Iran files suit in top court against US over sanctions

Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States alleging that Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said yesterday.

Police disperse protesters outside oilfield

Police disperse protesters outside oilfield

Iraqi police wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra yesterday as unrest across southern cities over poor basic services gathered pace.

Air strikes kill seven civilians in southern Syria

Air strikes kill seven civilians in southern Syria

Air strikes on Tuesday killed seven civilians in a sensitive southwestern province of Syria bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitor said.

Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes in

Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes in

Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israeli forces.

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