Syrian rebels begin evacuating Golan frontier Jul 21, 2018 0 159 12345 REUTERSBEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTSSYRIAN rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, leaving for the rebel-held north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar al-Assad's control of the frontier.With a Russian-backed government offensive closing in, rebels in Quneitra province have agreed to either accept the return of state rule, or leave to Idlib province in the north in another major victory for Assad.Buses transporting both rebels and civilians fearing government persecution began leaving the Quneitra area in the mid-afternoon, a witness said.A military news service run by Lebanon's Hezbollah, which is fighting in support of Damascus, said buses"carrying militants" had left the city of al-Quneitra headed north.A Reuters witness at a vantage point on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights saw a steady movement of people out of the village of al-Qahtaniya, near Quneitra. A stream of motorcycles, heavily laden cars and flatbed trucks packed with men, women and children departed the village.The offensive has restored Syrian government control over a swathe of the southwest. It has been one of the swiftest campaigns of the seven-year-long war. The United States, which once armed the southern rebels, told them not to expect its intervention as the attack began. Many surrendered quickly. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Turkey in US talks to avoid 'negative impact' from Iran sanctions Jul 21, 2018 0 47 One killed in fresh southern Iraq protests Jul 21, 2018 0 44 4 Palestinians killed in Israeli air, ground assaults on Gaza Jul 21, 2018 0 32 Turkey and Netherlands agree to normalise ties REUTERS ANKARA TURKEY and the Netherlands have agreed to normalise ties, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Friday, restoring relations that have been strained since a 2017 diplomatic row. The decision was reached .. Syrian refugees set to return home from Lebanon Beirut Hundreds of Syrian refugees living in north-eastern Lebanon are set to return to Syria at the beginning of next week, the Lebanese General Security intelligence agency announced Friday. The returnees, mainly .. Shabaab captures strategic town in Somalia's Puntland BOSASO Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab has captured a small but strategic town 100 km (60 miles) south of Bosaso city in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, a military officer, al Shabaab and .. US rejects linking pastor's release with Gulen extradition Ankara The United States rejects any linking of the case of an American pastor held for almost two years in Turkey with the fate of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup bid, a senior US .. Greece frees Turks arrested in border zone Athens Greece on Friday freed four Turks, including two identifying themselves as journalists, arrested hours earlier in a restricted northeastern border zone by the River Evros, police said Friday."They did not know .. Turkish woman, kids missing at border with Greece ATHENS Greek police were searching on Friday for a Turkish woman and her three children missing after a boat carrying nine people capsized in the Evros river separating Greece from Turkey, police said. Police rescued .. New Jordanian govt wins trust of parliament Amman The Jordanian parliament has granted a vote of confidence to the country's new government, which was formed in June following nationwide protests. Official news agency Petra said in a statement late Thursday .. Return of internally displaced Syrians surges, says UN AFP GENEVA AN estimated 750,000 internally displaced Syrians returned to their homes through the first half of 2018, nearly equal the amount for all of last year, the United Nations said on Friday. The returns have ..