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Soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian

AFP Tel Aviv An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant who lay on the ground, sparking criticism from rights groups. Defence lawyers announced ..

Syria talks remain focused on 'political transition': UN

afp Geneva Upcoming Syria peace talks remain focused on negotiating a"political transition" in the war-ravaged country, the UN mediator's office said on Tuesday, following concern the UN was backing away from that aim. ..

CAIRO Reuters After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Islamic State fighters who have killed ..

reuters BEIRUT CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against ..

AFP Istanbul Diplomatic tensions escalated on Tuesday between Turkey and Iran as the countries traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East. The pair have been regional rivals for centuries but have ..

Beirut France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen sparked controversy Tuesday during her brief visit to Lebanon when she refused to wear a headscarf to meet the country's top Sunni Muslim cleric. On her last ..

DUBAI Bahraini lawmakers voted on Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts, further empowering its security forces amid a crackdown on dissent. The decision by the Council of ..

Khartoum Clashes between Sudan's government and rebels in South Kordofan province on Tuesday smashed a months-long lull in fighting, the two sides said. Ethnic minority rebels in the southern state who say they are ..

AFP Riyadh Influential American Senator John McCain, a critic of President Donald Trump, held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday, official media said. McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, ..

SOUTH OF MOSUL US-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the ..