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US, Russia to carry out joint air strikes in Syria: Lavrov GENEVA: The United States and Russia have agreed to carry out joint air strikes in Syria if a newly agreed ceasefire holds for a week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday."We will jointly agree on strikes against terrorists to be carried out by the Russian and American air forces. We have agreed on the zones in which these strikes will be carried out," said Lavrov.The truce, agreed after a day of marathon talks in Geneva between Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry, will come into force on Monday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.It will be followed by coordinated strikes against Al Nusra jihadist rebels and the Islamic State group -- if it holds for a week, Lavrov said."Only the Russian and American air forces will work in these zones," Lavrov said.The Americans and their allies have been insisting that Syrian regime forces, accused ...

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Jolie decries fate of Syria refugees on Jordan border AZRAQ: US actress Angelina Jolie on Friday urged the international community to come to the rescue of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees stranded without humanitarian aid on Jordan's border."Seventy-five thousand Syrians are stranded at the berm in no man's land at the Jordanian border including children, pregnant women and gravely ill patients," she told reporters during a visit to Azraq refugee camp, 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of the Jordanian capital Amman."None of the ...

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Fighting in Yemen oil region area kills 26 ADEN: At least 26 fighters were killed in clashes on Monday between pro-government troops and rebels over control of an oil-rich region east of the Yemeni capital, military sources said."Pro-government forces launched a military operation today to retake Sarwah," a loyalist military source said of the only part of Marib province still held by the rebels who have controlled nearby Sanaa since September 2014.Clashes and air raids by the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's internationally recognised ...

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Palestine's Abbas agrees to Moscow talks with Israel's Netanyahu MOSCOW: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Russia, Interfax news agency cited the Palestinian embassy in Moscow as saying on Monday.Netanyahu's office said earlier on Monday the prime minister was considering an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to host the talks between the Israeli leader and Abbas.The last Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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String of bomb blasts hit across Syria, at least 48 killed DAMASCUS: A string of bomb attacks hit across mostly government-controlled areas of Syria Monday, killing several dozen people including at least 35 in President Bashar al-Assad's coastal stronghold of Tartus, state media said.At least 48 people died in the multiple blasts, with dozens also wounded in the double bombing outside of Tartus city, which is home to a Russian naval base. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blasts, but the Islamic State ...

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Suspected US drone strike kills six Qaeda militants in Yemen SANAA: A suspected US drone strike killed six al Qaeda fighters in Yemen's central Marib province on Sunday, residents said, as Washington continues its years-long campaign against militants who have exploited an 18 month civil war in the country.The men were killed in the bombing of a house in the Wadi Obeida tribal area east of the capital Sanaa.Conflict in Yemen pitting the exiled government backed by Saudi Arabia against the dominant Houthi group has ...

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Syria ceasefire deal with Russia close, but Obama says 'not there yet' HANGZHOU: President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia were working on Sunday to try to finalize a ceasefire in Syria that would allow more deliveries of humanitarian aid in the war-torn country.A deal could be announced as early as Sunday, a senior U.S. State Department official said on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou."We're not there yet," Obama told reporters after a meeting with UK Prime ...