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Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July. Khamenei, the highest authority...

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Iraq leans toward Russia in war on Islamic State

Iraq leans toward Russia in war on Islamic State

Iraq may request Russian air strikes against Islamic State on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the war against the militant group, the head of parliament's defense and security committee said on Wednesday. “In the upcoming few days...

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Ex-Yemen president's party says accepts peace terms

Ex-Yemen president's party says accepts peace terms

The party of Yemen's former president, a main player in the messy, months-old civil war, said in an emailed statement that it accepts a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman. The General People's Congress (GPC) is the party of former president Ali Abdullah...

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Israel lifts restrictions on Muslim prayer at Al-Aqsa: police

Israel lifts restrictions on Muslim prayer at Al-Aqsa: police

Israel is to lift temporary restrictions on Muslim worship at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, imposed after the weekend killing of two Israelis nearby, police said Tuesday. "So far the decision is to return to normal procedures, with no restrictions on entry of worshipers,"...

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Tunisia busts Islamic State recruitment cells, arrests 11 suspected recruits

Tunisia busts Islamic State recruitment cells, arrests 11 suspected recruits

The Tunisian police has broken up three "cells" that were recruiting fighters for Islamic State and arrested 11 people suspected of trying to join the Islamist militant group in Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior said. Tunisia has been on high alert against possible attacks since Islamist...

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Kunduz air strike decision made within U.S. chain of command: general

Kunduz air strike decision made within U.S. chain of command: general

The decision to carry out a deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan provincial capital of Kunduz was made within the U.S. chain of command, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan told lawmakers on Tuesday. On Saturday, an Afghan hospital run by the...

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Explosions hit Aden compounds of Yemen government, Gulf Arab troops

Explosions hit Aden compounds of Yemen government, Gulf Arab troops

Unidentified assailants fired missiles at an Aden hotel housing Yemeni officials and at a Gulf military base in Aden on Tuesday, a government spokesman and residents said, in the biggest attack on the government since it retook the city from Houthi foes in July. An unknown number...

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Libya's elected parliament extends mandate, complicating peace talks

Libya's elected parliament extends mandate, complicating peace talks

Libya's elected parliament voted on Monday to extend its mandate, due to expire on Oct. 20, in a move likely to complicate U.N. attempts to end a crisis between the country's two rival governments. Four years after the uprising that toppled veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the...

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Iraq car bombs kill 50, rare attack in south

Iraq car bombs kill 50, rare attack in south

Three car bombs killed at least 50 people in Iraq Monday, including 35 in a single blast north of Baghdad and 10 in a rare attack in the south, officials said. The bombing in Zubayr, near Basra in southern Iraq, was claimed by the Sunni extremist Islamic State group, which has controlled...

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Officials: 55 fighters killed in Yemen's Marib province

Officials: 55 fighters killed in Yemen's Marib province

Yemeni security officials say at least 55 fighters have been killed and more than 100 injured in battles in Marib province, a key front in the fighting against Shiite Houthi rebels. The officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered the country, say most of the casualties...

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Gulf Arabs wrest strategic Yemen island from Iran-allied group

Gulf Arabs wrest strategic Yemen island from Iran-allied group

Perim Island may be a small lump of windswept volcanic rock at the entrance to the Red Sea but its capture by Gulf Arab forces from Houthi fighters was a welcome victory for Yemen's government and its allies. Gulf Arab troops swooped in from air and sea last week to take back...

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Turkish PM condemns video of militant's body dragged by car

Turkish PM condemns video of militant's body dragged by car

Turkey's prime minister condemned dissemination of a video purporting to show a dead Kurdish militant dragged through the streets tied by the neck to an armored police vehicle, images that could further inflame tension in the country's southeast. "It is unacceptable to treat any...

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Flash floods in France kill at least 17 people

Flash floods in France kill at least 17 people

Four people were still missing on Monday after flash floods on the French Riviera killed at least 17 people over the weekend, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region. Some 5,000 homes were still without electricity on Monday...

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Two Egyptian policemen shot dead in Sinai

Two Egyptian policemen shot dead in Sinai

Gunmen have shot dead two Egyptian policemen in the bastion of the ISIS group in the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said. "A police captain and a policeman died of their wounds after unknown assailants shot them" late Saturday in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish, the ministry...

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Death toll rises in Guatemala landslide

Death toll rises in Guatemala landslide

The death toll from a landslide in Guatemala rose to 73 on Saturday, according to officials. The area where the landslide occurred remains unstable, according to the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). On Saturday evening, the agency urged the general population not to stay...

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2 Israelis, 1 Palestinian killed after Jerusalem stabbing

2 Israelis, 1 Palestinian killed after Jerusalem stabbing

At least two Israelis and a suspected Palestinian assailant have been killed in Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian was shot after the knife attack in Jerusalem's old city which also left at least two others injured, including a...

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PKK abducts two Turkish soldiers: army

PKK abducts two Turkish soldiers: army

Suspected militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) abducted two Turkish soldiers in eastern Turkey amid a flare-up of violence between Kurdish rebels and security forces, the army said Saturday. The militants seized the soldiers late Friday after stopping a passenger bus on a highway...

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Saudi arrests Syrian, Filipina over alleged bomb plot

Saudi arrests Syrian, Filipina over alleged bomb plot

Saudi authorities say they've arrested a Syrian man and a Filipina for allegedly manufacturing bombs in the kingdom, AP said. The official Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday that the two were arrested in Riyadh. It said the Filipina sewed explosive belts for the Syrian and that bombs...

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