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Syria hits back with ban on Turkish flights  DAMASCUS: Syria banned Turkish passenger flights from its airspace from Sunday in a retaliatory move after Turkey confiscated a cargo of what Russia said was radar equipment en route from Moscow to Damascus.   The reprisal, just weeks before the annual hajj when thousands of Turkish pilgrims head to the Muslim holy places in Saudi Arabia on a route that would normally take them through Syrian airspace, came despite a flurry of diplomacy on Saturday intended to calm soaring tensions between the neighbours.   Syria accuses Turkey of channeling arms from Gulf Arab states to rebels fighting its troops, who have been under mounting pressure across large swathes of the north, including second city Aleppo.   The flight ban went into force from midnight (2100 GMT Saturday) "in accordance with the principle of reciprocity", SANA state news agency said, although Turkey has said its airspace remains open to Syrian civilian flights.   Since last Wednesday, Turkey had warned ...

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Palestinian dies in Israeli air raid on Gaza: medics  GAZA CITY: A Palestinian man was killed and another was wounded in an Israeli air raid on the Gaza Strip early Sunday, the second such attack within hours, Palestinian medical sources said.   The latest incident followed an Israeli air force raid that killed two Salafist activists late Saturday. In both cases the victims were travelling on a motorbike.   Saturday's air strike on Gaza killed Jordanian national Sheikh Hisham al-Saedini, 43, also known as Abu Al-Waleed Al-Maqdissi, of ...

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Syria rebels down fighter jet near Aleppo: watchdog  ATME: Syrian rebels shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group and a military defector said.   "The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."   A defected military officer in the province confirmed the reports, adding that the MiG ...

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Yemeni tribesmen free eight truck drivers ADEN: Yemeni tribesmen freed four Syrian and four Yemeni truck drivers on Saturday five days after they were abducted in an attempt to pressure the government to release jailed kinsmen, a security official said.   The Sabbeiha tribesmen had seized the eight truck drivers as they passed through the province of Lahej in south Yemen while traveling from Aden to Hodayda on the Red Sea coast.   "All eight drivers have been released and are on their way to ...

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Syria rebels fight army advance on seized town  MAARET AL-NUMAN, Syria, Oct 13, 2012 (AFP) - Syrian rebels blocked on Saturday army reinforcements advancing towards the town of Maaret al-Numan which has been under rebel control for nearly a week, an AFP journalist said.   In its bid to retake the town, strategically located in the northwest on the road from Turkey to the embattled city of Aleppo, the army used warplanes to bombard Maaret al-Numan, killing two civilians and destroying three homes.   Some 40 military ...

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Syria conflict death toll at least 33,000: NGO BEIRUT: Violence in Syria has killed at least 33,082 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Saturday.   Some 1,000 people have been killed in the past five days alone, the Britain-based watchdog said.   "This is all-out war -- there is no other way to describe the violence in Syria," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.   At least 23,630 civilians have been killed, along with 8,211 soldiers and 1,241 army ...

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Two killed in Iraq attacks  MOSUL: Shootings and bomb attacks in and around Iraq's main northern city on Saturday killed two people, including a soldier, and wounded four others, security and medical officials said.   In a Kurdish-majority neighbourhood in the east of Mosul, a civilian was killed in a drive-by shooting, according to Iraqi army Lieutenant Khaled Hamed and doctor Mahmud Haddad at the city's main hospital.   It was not immediately clear why the man was gunned down.   South of Mosul in the ...