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Violence kills 29 as Iraqi forces hit militants RAMADI: Violence in Iraq killed 29 people on Saturday, most of them militants who died in a security forces assault that pushed them out of an area west of Baghdad, officials said.Anti-government fighters have held shifting parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi and all of the city of Fallujah, both west of Baghdad, for more than three months, with security forces still struggling to bring parts of the province back under government control.Early on Saturday, security forces assaulted the Al-Hamira area south of Ramadi, retaking it from militants, an army colonel and a police lieutenant colonel said.The fighting killed 21 militants and two soldiers, the officers said. The crisis in the desert province of Anbar erupted in late December when security forces dismantled Iraq's anti-government protest camp just outside Ramadi.Militants subsequently seized parts of Ramadi and all of Fallujah, the first time anti-government forces have exercised such open control in ...

Kidnapped Uzbek doctor freed in northern Yemen: official SANAA: An Uzbek doctor kidnapped in northern Yemen last week has been freed, a provincial official said on Saturday.The official told Reuters tribal mediators had succeeded in convincing armed tribesmen to release the doctor, who had been abducted last Sunday from the hospital he worked at in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa."He was handed to the mediators who took him to Marib and then he was handed to local officials," the local official, ...
Egyptian court jails Muslim Brotherhood leader CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy, to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the judiciary, the first sentence handed to a leader of the organisation since it was outlawed last year, security and judicial sources said.Beltagy is standing trial along with former president Mohamed Mursi and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace during unrest ...
Dozens of Palestinians wounded in Al-Aqsa clashes: AFP JERUSALEM: Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police that erupted on Wednesday when Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was opened to Jewish visitors, an AFP correspondent said.Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw "stones and firecrackers" at police when they opened the walled compound's gates.Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site.An AFP correspondent at ...
Dubai airport to cut 26 pct flights during runway work DUBAI: Airlines flying into Dubai are preparing for diversions and schedule changes as the emirate's main airport, a hub for tourism and trade in the region, plans to reduce the number of flights it handles during construction work on its runways.Dubai International, which handled 66.4 million passengers in 2013, making it the world's second busiest airport for international passenger traffic after London's Heathrow, will cut flights by 26 percent for an 80-day period, Dubai's airports ...
Assad says war at ‘turning point’ BEIRUT: President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that Syria's three-year conflict was at a "turning point" due to his forces' military gains against rebels, state media said.Assad's allies have portrayed him as confident and in control and they expect him to run for and win a presidential election in July a turnaround from last year when he looked on the verge of defeat as rebels advanced towards Damascus, struck in the heart of the capital ...
Israel appropriates land in West Bank: newspaper JERUSALEM: Israel has carried out a new land appropriation in the occupied West Bank, the Haaretz daily said on Sunday, in a move that could complicate efforts to extend troubled peace talks with the Palestinians.Haaretz said the Defence Ministry declared nearly 250 acres (100 hectares) of territory in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc just south of Jerusalem "state land".Asked by Reuters about the report, the ministry declined to comment but said it might have something ...


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