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UN demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday demanded that Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory, after the United States refrained from vetoing a resolution condemning its closest Middle East ally.In a rare and momentous step, the United States instead abstained, enabling the adoption of the first UN resolution since 1979 to condemn Israel over its settlement policy.Applause broke out in the chamber after the text was passed with support from all remaining members of the 15-member council. The landmark move by the Security Council came despite an effort led by Israel and backed by US President-elect Donald Trump to block the text.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately rejected the UN resolution and slammed the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama for refusing to veto it."Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms," a statement from Netanyahu's office said."The Obama administration not ...

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Aleppo recapture deals setback to Gulf rebel backers DUBAI: The Syrian army's recapture of Aleppo has dealt a setback to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two supporters of rebel forces whose struggle to oust President Bashar al-Assad appears increasingly fruitless.Along with fellow US ally Turkey, the two wealthy Gulf countries have backed armed groups fighting government forces in Syria's civil war.But with forceful military support from its traditional ally Russia and fighters from Iran and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, the regime has made significant ...

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Yemen drone strike 'kills three Qaeda members' ADEN: A drone strike, likely carried out by US forces, has killed three suspected Al-Qaeda members in southern Yemen, local security sources said on Wednesday.The strike on Tuesday night targeted a vehicle in Shabwa province and incinerated the bodies of the three suspected militants, one of the sources said.Washington is the only government to operate drones over Yemen, but the United States only sporadically releases statements on its long-running bombing campaign against the country's powerful ...

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Jordan arrests man suspected of funding Karak attack AMMAN: Jordanian security forces have arrested a man suspected of funding an attack by the Islamic State group that killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist, a security source said Wednesday.The suspect was detained in a raid on a house in Karak province on Tuesday by police looking for the perpetrators behind Sunday's shooting rampage, official news agency Petra quoted the source as saying.The suspect "admitted to ties with the terrorist cell that targeted security ...

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Egypt, Arab League condemn terrorist attacks in Jordan CAIRO: Egypt has condemned, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attacks carried out by gunmen on security stations in the southern Jordanian city of Karak, resulting in several deaths and injuries.The Foreign Ministry confirmed, in a statement, Egypt's full solidarity with the Jordanian brotherly people in the face of this painful incident.It also reiterated Egypt's inherent commitment to stand by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in this situation, which requires the concerted efforts of all ...

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At least 20 Syrian regime forces killed by IS near Palmyra: monitor BEIRUT: Attacks by Islamic State group militants on Monday near Palmyra in central Syria killed at least 20 members of the regime's forces, a monitor said."At least 20 regime forces and pro-government fighters were killed in an IS attack on Tayfur airport in Homs province. Two high-ranking Syrian officers were killed when a regime helicopter was shot down near the airport," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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Thousands evacuated from Aleppo after deal over besieged villages BEIRUT: Thousands were evacuated from the last rebel-held enclave of the Aleppo on Monday after a deal was reached to allow people to leave two besieged pro-government villages in nearby Idlib province. In bitter winter weather, convoys of buses from eastern Aleppo reached rebel-held areas to the west of the city, and more buses left the Shia Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya for government lines, according to a UN official and the Syrian Observatory ...