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More than 1,000 children killed, wounded in Yemen conflict: UN

More than 1,000 children killed, wounded in Yemen conflict: UN

Months of brutal conflict in Yemen have killed or injured more than 1,000 children, and the number of young people recruited or used as fighters has soared, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said Wednesday. Some 400 children have been killed and more than 600 injured - an average...

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Egypt detains Hamas official at Cairo airport: security sources

Egypt detains Hamas official at Cairo airport: security sources

Egypt detained a senior Hamas official at Cairo International Airport, security sources said on Tuesday, a day after it reopened the Rafah border crossing to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip. Hassan Asseify, the deputy religious affairs minister in Hamas-ruled...

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Saudi-led warplanes hit Yemeni port, aid group sounds alarm

Saudi-led warplanes hit Yemeni port, aid group sounds alarm

Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida on Tuesday, and officials there said the raids destroyed cranes and warehouses in the main entry point for aid supplies to the north of the country. Hodeida, controlled by Iranian-allied Houthi forces, has become a...

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Iraq's Abadi, in reform push, reduces ministerial adviser positions

Iraq's Abadi, in reform push, reduces ministerial adviser positions

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday he was cancelling the positions of advisers hired as contractors in ministries and limiting the number of advisers for himself, the president, and the parliamentary speaker to five each. It was not immediately clear how many positions...

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Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen 'aid port' Hodeida

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen 'aid port' Hodeida

Jets from a Saudi-led coalition targeted rebel Houthi positions in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida early on Tuesday, port officials said, destroying cranes and warehouses at a main import hub for critical aid supplies to the country's north. There were also clashes further south...

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Islamic State fighter urges fellow Turks to conquer Istanbul

Islamic State fighter urges fellow Turks to conquer Istanbul

A fighter proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State has appeared in a video urging fellow Turks to rebel against "infidel" President Tayyip Erdogan and help conquer Istanbul, highlighting the threat the NATO member faces as it battles the radical insurgents. Turkey has been in a heightened...

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Turkey's nationalists reject coalition, set stage for more turmoil

Turkey's nationalists reject coalition, set stage for more turmoil

Turkey's nationalist opposition rejected a coalition with the ruling AK Party and refused to support a minority government on Monday, further complicating Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's efforts to break a debilitating political deadlock. The breakdown in talks between the nationalists...

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Turkey: '440 PKK militants killed' since July operations

Turkey: '440 PKK militants killed' since July operations

At least 440 suspected militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed and 400 others have been injured in operations carried out by Turkish security forces between July 7 and August 17, figures compiled by Anadolu Agency have revealed. The figures were obtained from...

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Khamenei says nuclear deal, if passed, will not open Iran to U.S. influence

Khamenei says nuclear deal, if passed, will not open Iran to U.S. influence

Iran's nuclear deal with world powers will not open the Islamic Republic to political or economic influence from the United States and could still be blocked by either country, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday. The conservative cleric, Iran's highest authority, has...

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Egypt's Sisi approves anti-terrorism law setting up special courts

Egypt's Sisi approves anti-terrorism law setting up special courts

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday approved an anti-terrorism law that sets up special courts and provides protections to its enforcers in the face of a two-year-long insurgency that aims to topple his government. The law also details sentences for various terrorism crimes...

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Two Saudi guards killed on border with Yemen

Two Saudi guards killed on border with Yemen

Two Saudi border guards have been killed in an attack from Yemen by Iran-backed rebels, Riyadh's official news agency and a rebel-run news site said. Sergeants Ali al-Ghazwani and Sarwi al-Saeed were "martyred while carrying out their duty in protecting the country's borders from...

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Iraqi panel blames former PM, Turkey, Peshmerga over fall of Mosul: document

Iraqi panel blames former PM, Turkey, Peshmerga over fall of Mosul: document

An Iraqi parliamentary panel has called for former PM Nouri Maliki to face trial over the fall of the northern city of Mosul to Islamic State in June 2014. The panel also said that Turkey and Kurdish Peshmerga had stood behind the fall of Mosul, according to Zaman al-Wasl document. The...

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China blasts death toll 112 and likely to rise as scores of fire fighters missing

China blasts death toll 112 and likely to rise as scores of fire fighters missing

The death toll from massive explosions in China's port of Tianjin has risen to 112 and 95 people, most of them fire fighters, are missing, state media said on Sunday, suggesting the toll will rise significantly. More than 720 people remained in hospital four days after Wednesday's...

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Indonesian plane with 54 people on board missing in remote Papua region

Indonesian plane with 54 people on board missing in remote Papua region

An Indonesian domestic passenger aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote eastern Papua region, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said. "Lost contact with plane," BASARNAS chief Bambang Soelystyo told Reuters by phone....

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U.S. believes Islamic State likely used mustard agent in Iraq attack: WSJ

U.S. believes Islamic State likely used mustard agent in Iraq attack: WSJ

The United States believes Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq earlier this week, the first indication the militant group has obtained a banned chemical weapon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. "We have credible...

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US general says ISIS gaining in Afghanistan

US general says ISIS gaining in Afghanistan

A U.S. Army general says ISIS is making small inroads in Afghanistan and could grow into a more worrisome threat. Speaking to Pentagon reporters on Friday from his offices in Kabul, Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner said ISIS is not yet capable of coordinating military operations in more than one part...

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Egypt: Military aircraft crashes near Libya border, 4 dead

Egypt: Military aircraft crashes near Libya border, 4 dead

The spokesman of Egypt's armed forces says a military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya because of a technical failure while on a counterterrorism mission, killing four crew members and wounding two. Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir says on his Facebook page that the aircraft crashed Thursday...

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2 Israeli Arabs arrested after failed bids to join ISIS

2 Israeli Arabs arrested after failed bids to join ISIS

Two Israeli Arabs have been arrested after an unsuccessful bid to join the ranks of ISIS by passing through Turkey to Syria, security and judicial sources said Thursday. Adnan Salameh, from Ramleh near Tel Aviv, was arrested at that city's Ben Gurion airport on July 28 after having been...

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