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Iraq PM says Paris attacks show need for global action BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday condemned gun and bomb attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people, saying they showed the need for action against militants worldwide."We condemn and deplore the terrorist attacks in Paris, which emphasise that fighting terrorism calls for international efforts to eliminate it in all countries," Abadi said in a statement.At least eight militants, all of whom were wearing suicide vests, killed diners and concert-goers, and launched suicide attacks outside the national stadium, also wounding 180 people.Iraq is battling the Islamic State group, which overran large parts of the country last year, and Baghdad was hit by multiple bombings on Friday that killed at least 19 people.While Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes have regained significant ground north of the capital, much of the country's west remains under IS control.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Saudi FM voices support for Yemen peace talks RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir voiced support Wednesday for peace talks on Yemen's conflict which the United Nations says will take place this month in Geneva."We hope they will be successful," Jubeir told reporters after a summit of Arab and South American countries in Riyadh."We support these negotiations and hope they will achieve peace, security and stability in Yemen," he said.Saudi Arabia has since late March led an Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels ...
Iran has yet to decide on going to Syria talks in Vienna BEIRUT: Iran's deputy foreign minister on Wednesday said Tehran had yet to decide whether to participate in talks on the Syria crisis in Vienna later this week, Lebanon-based al Mayadeen television reported. It cited Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying participation depended on Washington's "answers regarding some unilateral actions taken by some of the sides" attending the talks "without consulting others". The newsflash did not elaborate. An Iranian official was quoted last week as saying Iran ...
IMF's Lagarde urges tax, spending reforms in Gulf DOHA: Most of the six oil exporting nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council have put in place prudent fiscal policies, and those that haven't can learn from those that have, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Sunday.Lagarde made the remarks in a statement after a meeting with senior GCC economic officials in Doha. The plunge of oil and gas prices since last year has slashed governments' energy revenues, saddling most with big deficits.Lagarde ...
Coalition carries out 20 air strikes in Iraq, Syria: US military WASHINGTON: US and coalition warplanes carried out 20 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, primarily hitting targets around the Iraqi towns of Ramadi and Sinjar, the U.S. military said on Saturday.Coalition jets conducted six air strikes around Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, destroying Islamic State fighting positions, machine guns, weapons caches and mortar positions, it said in a statement.They hit an Islamic State weapons cache, vehicle-borne explosives, heavy machine guns ...
UN Syria envoy to meet Security Council next week UNITED NATIONS: The UN envoy for Syria will go before the Security Council next week to report on the way forward after holding talks in Damascus, Moscow and Washington, diplomats said Thursday.Staffan de Mistura is making the rounds ahead of another meeting in Vienna of key players with influence in Syria, including the United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia.De Mistura will brief the 15-member council on Tuesday. The UN envoy said in Moscow this ...
At least 19 civilians dead in Syria raids near Iraq border: monitor BEIRUT: At least 19 civilians and several Islamic State group fighters were killed Thursday in air raids against jihadist positions in the Syrian town of Bukamal, near the border with Iraq, a monitor said. "At least 19 civilians, including a woman and two children, as well as jihadists were killed by warplanes" in the town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding it was unclear which country carried out the bombing raids. Copyright AFP ...


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