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IS claims deadly Iraq truck bomb targeting pilgrims: SITE BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bomb attack against Shiite pilgrims that killed at least 70 people Thursday in Iraq.In a statement quoted by the SITE Intelligence Group, the militant organisation said a bomber "blew up his vehicle amidst their assembly, inflicting among them more than 200 killed and wounded, including Iranians."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Twelve Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike SANAA: Twelve Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi-led air strike while riding in a pickup truck in the country's northwest early on Wednesday, residents said.Locals said the passengers were shoppers heading to a local market in the Hiran area of northwest Hajja province, which is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen's Houthis since March 2015 to restore the internationally recognised president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in exile ...

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Twelve Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike SANAA: Twelve Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi-led air strike while riding in a pickup truck in the country's northwest early on Wednesday, residents said.Locals said the passengers were shoppers heading to a local market in the Hiran area of northwest Hajja province, which is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen's Houthis since March 2015 to restore the internationally recognised president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in exile ...

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Opposition groups agree Syria's Assad must go: Germany's Steinmeier BERLIN: Despite all their differences, opposition groups in Syria agree that there cannot be a future with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a conference hosted by his Social Democrat party on Tuesday. Steinmeier repeated his call for an end to the bombardment of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and other parts of the country, and said a transition plan was needed to get to a political solution for ...

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Clashes as Yemen ceasefire nears end SANAA: Yemeni government forces and rebels were engaged in fierce fighting as a 48-hour ceasefire declared by the pro-government Arab coalition approached its end Monday, military officials said.Fifteen rebels and nine loyalist troops were killed in clashes overnight in and around the flashpoint southwestern city of Taez, military and medical sources said.Four civilians were killed and 11 others wounded in rebel bombing of loyalist-held neighbourhoods, the sources said.Early Monday, forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour ...

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US under Trump must remain 'open to world': French FM DOHA: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday urged the United States to reject isolationism after president-elect Donald Trump takes office and to remain "open to the world".Speaking at the World Policy conference in Doha before around 250 decision-makers and delegates, Ayrault became the latest senior Western politician to reveal apparent concern over Trump's forthcoming presidency."We need an American partner open to the world, fully engaged, cooperating with its allies," said Ayrault.He added that Washington ...

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UN Syria envoy warns time 'running out' for east Aleppo DAMASCUS: The UN's Syria envoy warned Sunday that time was "running out" for eastern Aleppo as he expressed international outrage over a regime bombing campaign of rebel-held parts of the city.After talks in Damascus, Staffan de Mistura also confirmed that Syria's regime had rejected a truce proposal that would have allowed the opposition to administer Aleppo's opposition-controlled east.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...