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Rocket fire kills at least 8 in Syrian capital: monitor BEIRUT: Rebel rocket fire into Old Damascus on Sunday killed at least eight people and wounded more than 20, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.The Britain-based monitor said the rockets were fired from rebel positions on the outskirts of the capital and struck several neighbourhoods in the city centre.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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IS suicide bomber kills at least 15 in Baghdad BAGHDAD: A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, security and medical officials said.The bombing, which struck near a checkpoint in the Kadhimiyah area, home to a major Shiite shrine, also wounded at least 29 people, the officials said.IS issued a statement claiming the attack, saying it targeted soldiers and pro-government paramilitaries in the area.The jihadist group frequently carries out ...

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Iran condemns Kabul twin blasts, urges unity TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned twin bomb attacks by the Islamic State group that ripped through crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras in the Afghan capital, killing at least 80."Afghanistan terror bombings another instance of depth of Daesh depravity: Shia and Sunni are both victims & must unite to defeat extremists," Zarif tweeted on Saturday, using another name for IS.Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi added that "eradicating this unfortunate phenomenon (IS) wouldn't be ...

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Coalition air strikes hit Qaeda in Yemen ADEN: Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Al-Qaeda positions in southern Yemen on Saturday killing several jihadists, as government forces appeared set on a new offensive, military officials said.Two air strikes targeted Al-Qaeda militants gathered on the outskirts of Jaar town in Abyan province, killing and wounding several jihadists, military officials said.The raids came after several military meetings were held in Aden to discuss plans for a new operation against jihadists in Abyan, they added.Government forces backed ...

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Iraq PM seeks to speed up death penalty implementation BAGHDAD: Iraq's prime minister is seeking to speed up the implementation of death sentences, his office said Saturday, despite persistent concerns over flaws in the judicial system that hands them down.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the formation of a committee "to determine the obstacles and causes that result in the delay in the implementation of death sentences," a statement said.The committee is to make recommendations to "speed up the ratification of those sentences and their ...

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Bus crash kills 16 in Iran TEHRAN: At least 16 people were killed and 12 others injured early Saturday when a speeding bus smashed into an electricity pole in northern Iran, state television reported.It quoted a police official as saying that the driver of the bus, that was travelling to the capital Tehran from a city near the Caspian Sea, was driving at high speed and lost control of the vehicle.The accident came a day after at least 30 people were ...

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Iran condemns Munich mall attack TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday condemned a shooting spree at a busy shopping centre in Munich by a teenage German-Iranian gunman who killed nine people before committing suicide.Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi denounced "the killing of innocent and defenceless people" and expressed Iran's solidarity with the German government and people, official IRNA news agency reported.Ghasemi also called for a "relentless and comprehensive fight" to eradicate violence.Sixteen people were also wounded in Friday's shooting spree in Munich, ...