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Iraqi Kurds elect first woman speaker in stop-gap measure

Iraqi Kurds elect first woman speaker in stop-gap measure

The parliament in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region yesterday elected its first ever woman speaker as a temporary stop-gap while deep political rifts persist more than four months after legislative elections.

Twin blasts in rebel-held Syrian city Idlib kill at least 15

Twin blasts in rebel-held Syrian city Idlib kill at least 15

Twin explosions in the bustling centre of the rebel-held northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Monday killed at least 15 people and injured scores, medics and witnesses said.

Iran arrests 3 'terrorists' for suicide bomb attack

Iran arrests 3 'terrorists' for suicide bomb attack

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Monday it has arrested three ‘terrorists’ involved in last week's deadly suicide bomb attack on security forces in southeastern Iran.

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

A top Kurdish official has called on Europe not to abandon Syrian Kurds once the battle against the Islamic State militants is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from Turkey.

Former Gaddafi official freed in Libya for ‘health reasons’

Former Gaddafi official freed in Libya for ‘health reasons’

A former official of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime sentenced to death in 2015 was released yesterday for “health reasons”, his family said.

Iran launches submarine with cruise missile capability

Iran launches submarine with cruise missile capability

Iran yesterday launched a new locally-made submarine capable of firing cruise missiles, state TV said, in the country’s latest show of military might at a time of heightened tensions with the US.

In Syria, IS in quiet last stand to defend territory

In Syria, IS in quiet last stand to defend territory

Diehard militants have blocked roads out of the last scrap of their Islamic State group “caliphate” in Syria, US-backed forces fighting them said yesterday, preventing hundreds of civilians from fleeing.

Sudanese fruit seller dies choking on tear gas fired at protesters

Sudanese fruit seller dies choking on tear gas fired at protesters

A Sudanese fruit seller died on Sunday after choking on tear gas fired at protesters in the market where he worked in Khartoum, his family members told Reuters.

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

Syrian Kurds hail Trump's call for repatriation of IS fighters

Syrian Kurds hail Trump's call for repatriation of IS fighters

A Kurdish-led faction that has played a key role in fighting Islamic State in Syria has welcomed a call by US President Donald Trump for Europe to take in hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured in the war-torn country.

Iran presents new Fateh submarine armed with cruise missile

Iran presents new Fateh submarine armed with cruise missile

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday inaugurated a new domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles at a time of rising tensions with its arch-enemy the United States.

IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat ...

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