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US, allies stage 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: statement WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies conducted 14 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 three strikes near two cities in Syria hit two tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, a supply cache and a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.In Iraq, 11 strikes near six cities hit a staging area, several tactical units and destroyed a tunnel system, three anti-air artillery pieces, three bed down locations and a staging area, among other targets, the statement said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Obama calls for 'reinstated' Syria truce as more die in Aleppo ALEPPO: US President Barack Obama on Sunday called for Syria's warring parties to reinstate a troubled ceasefire, as regime and rebel bombardments killed 26 civilians in the flashpoint city of Aleppo.Eight weeks into the declared truce between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and non-militant rebels, violence has escalated around Aleppo, with dozens killed by government air strikes and rebel rockets.The surge in fighting and stalled peace talks in Geneva have dimmed hopes that the ceasefire would ...

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Saudi-led air strikes kill 10 al Qaeda fighters in Yemen ADEN: A Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the al Qaeda-held port of Mukalla in southern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least ten militants, medical sources and residents said, part of an offensive to recapture the city.Mukalla, a shipping hub and provincial capital, is a stronghold of the powerful al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which has taken advantage of Yemen's year-long civil war to win control over parts of the south and ...

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Saudi king sacks utilities minister amid anger over prices RIYADH: The king of Saudi Arabia has sacked the country's water and electricity minister, Abdullah al-Hussayen, amid public anger over price hikes, state media reported.King Salman issued a decree on Saturday ordering his dismissal and replacement in the interim by Agriculture Minister Abdel Rahman al-Fadli, said the official SPA news agency.His removal comes after the government reduced subsidies on electricity, water and other services.In March, the Arab News daily reported that Hussayen had called on ...

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Drone strike in Yemen kills two al Qaeda suspects KUWAIT: An air strike from a drone killed two men south of the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday suspected of belonging to al Qaeda, local residents said by phone."A drone fired two missiles at a car that had two men in it in al-Manain district south of Marib city, and the car was totally destroyed and the men were killed instantly," one of them said.The United States has used drone strikes in Yemen to ...

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Drone strike in Yemen kills two al Qaeda suspects KUWAIT: An air strike from a drone killed two men south of the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday suspected of belonging to al Qaeda, local residents said by phone."A drone fired two missiles at a car that had two men in it in al-Manain district south of Marib city, and the car was totally destroyed and the men were killed instantly," one of them said.The United States has used drone strikes in Yemen to ...

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UN envoy hails Yemen peace talks in Kuwait KUWAIT CITY: The UN envoy hailed a "constructive" first full day of Yemen peace talks Friday but called for a halt to air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and missile fire by Iran-backed rebels.Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said firming up an April 11 ceasefire was essential to the success of the hard-won peace negotiations in Kuwait.The United Nations hopes that the negotiations -- which were originally due to begin on Monday -- will end fighting ...