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Gulf countries, Canada to cooperate in anti-IS fight JEDDAH: Gulf Arab foreign ministers agreed with their Canadian counterpart Monday to strengthen "cooperation" in the fight against the Islamic State group and other jihadist organisations, they said in a statement.Ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council agreed with Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion on the need to "dry up" sources of finance for jihadists."The campaign against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for IS) and other terrorist organisations is not religious or linked to a religion or sect but rather a war on terror," they added in a statement.They agreed to "strengthen joint cooperation... to eradicate terrorism", including by "doubling efforts to stop the flow of foreign terrorist fighters" to Syria and Iraq, where the Sunni jihadist group has seized territory.The joint Arabic-language statement was released following a "strategic dialogue" between Dion and GCC ministers in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah.The statement, which came after deadly IS attacks on ...

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US, allies stage 17 strikes in Iraq, Syria against Islamic State: statement WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies conducted 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the coalition leading the operations said.In a statement released on Monday, the Combined Joint Task Force said seven strikes near four cities in Syria hit two tactical units, a weapons storage facility and destroyed two vehicles, a rocket rail, an improvised explosives facility and an oil pump-jack.In Iraq, 10 strikes near five cities hit a communications ...

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7 million Umrah pilgrims expected in Makkah, Madina during Ramazan ISLAMABAD: Approximately 7 million Umrah pilgrims are expected in Makkah and Madinah before and during the holy month of Ramzan.They will be served by thousands of employees who want to guarantee the pilgrims' safety and comfort.The kingdom uses all its powers to receive the pilgrims and facilitate all procedures until they reach Makkah and Madinah.Mohammad Bejawi of the Ministry of Haj and Umrah in Madinah said this year Egypt ranked first in terms of the ...

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Yemen bombings kill at least 41 ADEN: Twin bombings targeting the Yemeni army in second city Aden on Monday killed at least 41 people, most of them would-be recruits, a military official said.A suicide bomber killed 34 people queueing up to enlist at recruitment centre near the Badr base in the Khormaksar district, said Brigadier General Nasser al-Sarei, commander of special security forces.A second explosion went off inside the base afterwards, killing seven soldiers, the official said.Aden is the headquarters of ...

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Dozens of casualties as bomb hits Yemen army recruits ADEN: A car bomb hit a crowd of young men queueing up to enlist in the Yemeni army in the southern port city of Aden on Monday, causing dozens of casualties, a security official said.The official was not immediately able to give a precise casualty toll from the bombing outside the Badr base in the Khormaksar district of the city, where the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi is based.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Heavy air strikes hit rebel road to Syria's Aleppo: monitor, rebels BEIRUT: Air strikes hit the only road into rebel-held areas of Aleppo city on Sunday in the heaviest bombardment since February, a rebel official and monitors said, jeopardising access to an area where around 300,000 Syrians live.They said Russian warplanes had carried out the attacks on the Castello road, which was still open but dangerous. Defence officials from Syria's government and its ally Russia could not immediately be reached for comment.The Syrian Observatory for Human ...

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Yemen govt to end peace talks boycott: UN KUWAIT CITY: The Yemeni government delegation is to rejoin UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait with Shiite rebels who control the capital, ending a four-day boycott, the UN special envoy said on Sunday.The hard-won negotiations on ending a conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people and driven 2.8 million from their homes since March last year have been interrupted by repeated boycotts by the government delegation since they opened on April 21.UN envoy Ismail Ould ...