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Syria forces ready for assault on rebel enclave

Syria forces ready for assault on rebel enclave

Syrian forces readied Sunday for a ground offensive against the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, a monitor said, as residents of the capital braced for retaliatory shelling.

Iraq court convicts IS foreign widows

Iraq court convicts IS foreign widows

A court in the Iraqi capital on Sunday sentenced to death a Turkish woman and 11 other foreign widows to life in jail for belonging to the Islamic State group.

Jordanian government survives no-confidence vote amid price protests

Jordanian government survives no-confidence vote amid price protests

The Jordanian government on Sunday survived a no-confidence vote in the parliament amid street protests against recent hikes in prices and taxes.

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran

Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran was increasing its power as the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria regains territory from militants.

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 left Tehran around 0800 for the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres to the south, the airline's public relations chief Mohammad Tabatabai told state broadcaster IRIB.

Israeli fire kills 2 in Gaza after blast wounds soldiers

Israeli fire kills 2 in Gaza after blast wounds soldiers

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, Gaza medical sources said on Sunday, after four soldiers were wounded in an apparent bomb attack on the border with the Palestinian enclave.

Reports ‘clearly show’ Assad’s use of chemical weapons

Reports ‘clearly show’ Assad’s use of chemical weapons

US National Security Adviser HR McMaster said yesterday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account.

Drone kills 2 Qaeda suspects as Yemen troops launch assault

Drone kills 2 Qaeda suspects as Yemen troops launch assault

A US drone strike in central Yemen killed two suspected Al-Qaeda members on a motorbike including a local commander, a security official said Saturday.

Indian minister says Indian firms seek stake in Iran's South Azadegan field

Indian minister says Indian firms seek stake in Iran's South Azadegan field

Indian oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday that Indian companies seek a stake in Iran's South Azadegan field.

Fears of Syrian war expanding might trigger peace deal

Fears of Syrian war expanding might trigger peace deal

Syria's civil war is in danger of flaring into a regional or even global conflict, but some diplomats hope the high stakes could, paradoxically, pave the way for a peace accord.

Lebanon urged to be firm in energy dispute

Lebanon urged to be firm in energy dispute

Hezbollah yesterday urged Lebanon to stand firm in its offshore energy dispute with Israel and warned it could act against Israeli oil facilities if necessary, as the US mediates between the two countries.

Turkey and US  agree to ‘work together’ in Syria after crisis

Turkey and US agree to ‘work together’ in Syria after crisis

Turkey and United States yesterday agreed to work together in Syria after weeks of tensions over Ankara’s latest cross-border operation that raised fears of a military confrontation between the two Nato allies.

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