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Iraq army starts offensive to retake Anbar town from IS

afp Baghdad Iraqi security forces and allied fighters launched an operation on Monday to retake the town of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group, the military said. Special forces, soldiers, police, border guards and ..

Rights group urges Jordan to ease transit for Gaza Palestinians

afp Amman Human Rights Watch urged Jordan Monday to lift recent"restrictions"on transit through its territory of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, but the authorities in Amman denied any policy change. Since August ..

Reuters CAIRO/DUBAI Islamic State efforts to exploit chaos may have have brought Saudi-backed forces and Iran-allied Houthis tentatively closer at peace talks in Yemen's civil war, but a deal seems unlikely in time to avert ..

afp Vienna World powers said on Monday they supported the lifting of an arms embargo on Libya and were ready to supply weapons to the country's new unity government to help it fight the growing threat posed by the Islamic State ..

afp Kuwait City The African island nation of the Comoros has said it is ready to consider taking thousands of stateless people denied citizenship in Kuwait, newspapers reported on Monday. "If the issue is raised officially, we are ..

CAESAREA Archaeologists in Israel have recovered bronze statues and thousands of coins from a merchant ship that sank off the Mediterranean coast some 1,600 years ago during the late Roman period. The Israel Antiquities Authority ..

DUBAI Iran has launched a new crackdown on social media, arresting fashion models active on photo-sharing websites and a blog website manager after Tehran's top leader declared war on un-Islamic thoughts on the Internet. ..

Kuwait City Kuwait's supreme court on Monday upheld a one-year jail sentence against leading stateless rights activist Abdulhakeem al-Fadhli and five others for demonstrating. The six men were convicted of illegal ..

Sanaa At least five Yemeni soldiers were killed and four others injured on Monday in an suicide attack on a checkpoint in the south-eastern city of Mukalla, a day after another attack killed 31 would-be army recruits there, security ..

Reuters JERUSALEM A century after Britain and France secretly mapped out a Middle East they would control upon defeating the Ottomans in World War One, its borders have been blurred by sectarian bloodshed - and some in the region see ..

Reuters UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA The Obama administration's failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country's ..

afp Istanbul Turkish authorities on Monday detained seven suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, including figures described as a senior leader and an"executioner", the state-run Anatolia news agency said. ..

afp Diyarbakir Turkish authorities were on Monday working to confirm the fates of at least 12 civilians who are missing and feared dead after a huge blast last week blamed on Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country, reports and ..

Reuters KILIS (Turkey) Turkish shopkeeper Mehmet Baykal knew he had less than 10 seconds to dive under his desk when he heard another rocket being fired from Islamic State-held territory across the border in Syria. Once a safe haven ..

Beirut Powerful blasts rocked a key gas field in central Syria on Monday, with a monitor saying they were caused by the Islamic State group blowing up pumping stations. The Shaer gas field -- one of the biggest in the central province of ..