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Bomb kills four policemen in Yemen's Aden ADEN: A bomb killed four policemen on Wednesday in Yemen's second city Aden, where jihadists have repeatedly targeted security forces, a security official said.Another six officers were wounded in the blast in the southern port city where the Saudi-backed government has its base, the official told AFP.Despite a 16-month-old Saudi-led military intervention, the government has struggled to secure the city.On Friday, a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda hit the convoy of Aden governor Aidarus al-Zubaidi, wounding three people travelling with him.The jihadists also claimed two suicide bombings on Monday that killed 11 people in two of their former strongholds in the southeast.Earlier this year, the Saudi-led coalition launched a major offensive against Al-Qaeda, helping to recapture the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla in April after a year of jihadist rule.Coalition forces had previously focused their guns on Shiite rebels and their allies who control the capital Sanaa and much of ...

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US-led strikes kill 56 civilians in Syria: monitor BEIRUT: Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.The civilians had apparently been mistaken for militants and were bombed while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar in Aleppo province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Elsewhere in Aleppo province, air strikes probably carried out by Russia killed 21 civilians, including six children, in the ...

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UN chief deplores ban on Bahrain Shia opposition UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday deplored the dissolution of the main Shia opposition party in Bahrain, warning the ban could fuel tensions in the Gulf kingdom.A court on Sunday ordered the dissolution of Al-Wefaq despite international criticism of Bahrain's intensified crackdown on dissent."The move is the latest in a series of restrictions of the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of expression in Bahrain," said a statement from ...

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Iran denounces 'unconstructive' Bahrain opposition ban TEHRAN: Iran has criticised as "unconstructive" a Bahraini court's decision to dissolve and seize the funds of the country's main Shiite opposition group.The order -- which can be appealed -- came Sunday despite international criticism of the Gulf kingdom's intensified crackdown on dissent.The administrative court in Manama found Al-Wefaq guilty of "harbouring terrorism" and ordered the government to seize its assets."Such actions by the Bahraini government prove that they don't seek to resolve the existing ...

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Iran resumes flights to Turkey after failed coup DUBAI: Iran resumed flights to and from Turkey on Sunday, a spokesman for Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation said, a day after suspending them following a coup attempt in the neighbouring country. Reza Jafarzadeh was also quoted as saying by the state broadcaster IRIB that at least 12 empty planes had been sent by Iran to Turkey on Saturday to repatriate thousands of Iranians. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Air raids kill 25 civilians in Syria's Aleppo: monitor ALEPPO: Air raids on rebel-held districts of Syria's battleground second city of Aleppo killed at least 25 civilians including children on Saturday, a monitor said. The death toll steadily rose throughout the day as bombardment rocked the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Eleven civilians, including four children, were killed by air raids after midnight in the Bab al-Nasr area of Old Aleppo, and seven others were killed in Fardous neighbourhood," the ...

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UN says Yemen talks still on despite boycott threat KUWAIT CITY: The United Nations said Yemen's peace talks were expected to resume later Friday or the next day despite a threat by the government to boycott the negotiations.The rebel delegation of Shiite Huthis and representatives of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party was on its way to Kuwait City for the talks, a rebel spokesman said.UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Riyadh for talks with Yemen's ...