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Troops pound Homs, 40 killed in Syria: NGO  BEIRUT: Syrian forces pounded Homs on Monday as they pressed their campaign against rebel strongholds in the city and as at least 40 people were reported killed across the strife-torn country, a watchdog said. Monday's casualties come a day after 67 people were killed nationwide, including 15 in Homs province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Shelling and shooting renewed in Homs city, with explosions heard in the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood," the Britain-based monitoring group said. "Regime forces trying to enter Khaldiyeh and other neighbourhoods are facing fierce resistance from rebel fighters." Six people, including at least three rebels, were killed in Homs province, and a civilian died in shelling in the town of Rastan, the Observatory said. And in Deir Ezzor province, seven people including two rebel commanders were killed in an explosion in Mohassan. Clashes and shelling continued overnight in several areas of Damascus province, including in Douma and Qoudsaya, which have been pounded ...

Kuwait KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issued a decree on Monday to suspend parliament for one month in an apparent bid to defuse tensions between the government and MPs. The decision was based on an article in the constitution that allows the ruler to suspend parliamentary proceedings for a maximum of a month, said an official statement cited by state media. Earlier on Monday, the cabinet approved a draft decree recommending to the emir that ...
Iran uranium enrichment activities TEHRAN: Iran's enrichment of uranium in large quantities is the priority concern of world powers worried about the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, and the top issue at talks under way in Moscow. According to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report, issued in May, Iran has declared enrichment to 3.5 percent and 20 percent purity at two facilities: NATANZ, central Iran: Iran enriches uranium here to 3.5 percent and to 20 percent purity, using more than 9,000 ...
Syria forces pound Homs: NGO  BEIRUT: Syrian forces renewed shelling of the central city of Homs on Monday while four people, including a local rebel commander, were killed in a blast in eastern Deir Ezzor, a watchdog said. The latest violence comes after 67 people were killed nationwide on Sunday, including 15 in Homs province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Shelling and shooting renewed in Homs city, with explosions heard in the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood," the Britain-based group said. It said that ...
Iraq bombings kill five  BAGHDAD: Bombings in Iraq killed five people and wounded 34 others on Sunday, security and medical officials said, after a bloody week that cost the lives of more than 100 people. A car bomb targeting an army patrol killed one soldier and wounded three others in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, army Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed al-Obaidi from the Anbar Operations Command said. A roadside bomb in Fallujah also killed a child and wounded three other people, Obaidi said. Doctor ...
Syria BEIRUT: Troops pounded besieged districts of the flashpoint city of Homs as 10 people were killed across Syria on Sunday, taking the weekend death toll to nearly 80, a watchdog said. A civilian was killed in the rebel stronghold of Khalidiyeh, which, like other parts of the central city, was "being shelled and shot at by regime forces who have been trying to enter these districts for several days," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Speaking ...
Car bomb kills three Yemeni police  SANAA: A bomb planted in the car of a southern Yemeni police officer killed him and his two bodyguards on Sunday, and wounded four other policemen, a security official said. "A bomb exploded in the car of Major Ahmed al-Harmali, the police chief in the town of Rawkab," east of Mukalla in Hadramawt province, said the official, adding that "he was killed along with two of his bodyguards." "Four others sustained minor wounds," he said, requesting anonymity. The ...


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