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Bombings kill at least 14 in northeast Syria city, monitor says BEIRUT: Two bomb blasts hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens more, a monitoring group said.The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least one of the explosions hit near a security headquarters of the Kurdish administration that controls most of Hasaka province, where Qamishli is located.State TV said one blast was from a car bomb and the other from a bomb on a motorbike. It said the death toll had reached at least 12 people.One explosion was so powerful it shattered windows of shops in the Turkish town of Nusaybin directly across the border. Two people were slightly hurt in Nusaybin, a witness said.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts. The jihadist group, which is fighting against the Kurdish YPG militia and its allies in Hasaka and Aleppo provinces, has targeted Qamishli and the ...

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Qatar condemns IS attack on French church DOHA: The Gulf state of Qatar Tuesday condemned as "contrary to all human values" the deadly attack in France which saw a priest killed by followers of the Islamic State group."Qatar has expressed its condemnation and denunciation of the armed attack on a church" in France, Doha's foreign ministry said."This criminal act is contrary to all human values and principles," a statement added.Qatar also expressed its "solidarity" with France and expressed its sympathy to the ...

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Emirates Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Mumbai DUBAI: An Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft heading to the Maldives made an emergency landing in Mumbai on Tuesday because of a "technical fault", the airline said in a statement."Emirates can confirm that... flight EK652 from Dubai to Male was diverted to Mumbai due to a technical fault," the airline said, adding that the passengers had disembarked safely."The aircraft has been serviced and will continue its journey to Male with a six-hour delay," it said, without ...

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Air strikes, rebel fire kill 19 in Syria's Aleppo: monitor BEIRUT: Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province on Monday, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, a monitor said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 civilians had been killed in multiple air strikes on the town of rebel-held Atareb in Aleppo province.The group said the strikes in the early hours of Monday morning were believed to have been carried out by ...

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IS suicide bomber kills 12 at Iraq checkpoint BAQUBA: A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people at a crowded checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, security and medical officials said.The blast at the entrance to the town of Khales also wounded 37, according to Diyala province police spokesman Colonel Ghalib al-Attiyah and health department spokesman Faris al-Azzawi.Attiyah said the checkpoint was crowded with cars, and that a number of them were burned in the blast.IS issued a ...

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Air raids hit four hospitals in Syria's Aleppo BEIRUT: Air raids have hit four makeshift hospitals in Syria's battered Aleppo city, doctors said Sunday, jeopardising medical care for more than 200,000 desperate civilians in rebel-held areas.The bombardment since Saturday has worsened the plight of residents of besieged eastern neighbourhoods of Syria's second city, where food and medical supplies are becoming increasingly scarce.The hospitals, as well as a blood bank that was hit, are in the Al-Shaar neighbourhood, said the Independent Doctor's Association, a ...

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Shoulder injury forces Serena out of Montreal MONTREAL: Serena Williams will miss next week's WTA event in Montreal after the world number one withdrew with a shoulder injury, tournament organisers announced on Sunday."Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the (tournament). I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon," Williams said in a statement.Williams, a three-time winner of the event that rotates between Montreal and Toronto each year, equalled Steffi Graf's ...