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Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, 10 civilians

Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, 10 civilians

At least 10 civilians and 35 combatants, mostly pro-regime forces, were killed yesterday in clashes and air strikes that erupted at dawn in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.

Sudan's Bashir to appear in court on graft charge

Sudan's Bashir to appear in court on graft charge

Ousted Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir will appear in court next week to face charges of corruption and possessing foreign currency, the country's acting prosecutor general told reporters on Saturday.

Jets hit Gaza after rocket fire into Israel

Jets hit Gaza after rocket fire into Israel

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas bases in Gaza early yesterday, the military said, after a rocket fired by Palestinian fighters hit a Jewish theological seminary in southern Israel. There were no reported casualties on either side.

Sudan opposition chief, US demand investigation on protest crackdown

Sudan opposition chief, US demand investigation on protest crackdown

Sudan’s veteran opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi called yesterday for an “objective” international investigation into last week’s deadly crackdown on protesters, after the ruling military council rejected such a probe.

UN chief calls for independent probe into Gulf tanker attacks

UN chief calls for independent probe into Gulf tanker attacks

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an independent investigation to establish the facts and who was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers this week in the Gulf of Oman.

Sudan risks becoming another Libya or Somalia, says US envoy

Sudan risks becoming another Libya or Somalia, says US envoy

Sudan risks becoming another failed state like Libya or Somalia if the opposition and military don't agree on a transition process, a senior US diplomat warned Friday.

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japanese PM’s mission

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japanese PM’s mission

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday categorically ruled out talks with US President Donald Trump, despite an unprecedented Japanese mission aimed at defusing tensions between Washington and the Islamic Republic.

US blames Iran for tanker attacks; oil prices, tension rise

US blames Iran for tanker attacks; oil prices, tension rise

Two oil tankers were attacked on Thursday and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman, driving up oil prices and stoking fears of a new confrontation between Iran and the United States, which blamed Tehran for the incident.

Japan’s Abe urges Iran to play ‘constructive role’

Japan’s Abe urges Iran to play ‘constructive role’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Tehran to play a “constructive role” for Middle East peace yesterday during a rare diplomatic mission to the Islamic republic aimed at defusing US-Iran tensions.

Houthi missile hits Saudi airport, 26 hurt

Houthi missile hits Saudi airport, 26 hurt

A Yemeni rebel missile attack on an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia wounded 26 civilians on Wednesday, drawing promises of "stern action" from the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels.

Shops reopen as Sudan protesters agree to talks with generals

Shops reopen as Sudan protesters agree to talks with generals

Shops and restaurants began to reopen in Sudan's capital Wednesday after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign and agreed to new talks, though many residents remained indoors after last week's deadly crackdown.

Syria refuses access to chemical weapons investigators - watchdog

Syria refuses access to chemical weapons investigators - watchdog

Syrian officials have refused access to a newly-created chemical weapons investigation team formed to identify culprits behind attacks with banned munitions, the organisation's top official said in remarks published on Wednesday.

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