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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 split the security forces and allowed Islamist militants to flourish.The United States has for years launched drone strikes against al Qaeda's powerful Yemen branch, which planned several foiled bombing attempts on Western-bound airliners and claimed responsibility for the 2015 attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine's offices in Paris.Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) exploited the conflict to grab territory in the south and east of Yemen, but an offensive by government and Emirati forces ...

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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 ...

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Saudi government to provide 300 wheelchairs to feeble pilgrims ISLAMABAD: The Saudi government has decided to provide additional 300 battery operated Electric Wheel Chairs to enable elder and feeble pilgrims to perform hajj rituals with ease and comfort.According to official sources, the wheelchairs would remain available for the needy hujjaj round the clock during hajj days.Meanwhile, Saudi companies have started establishing modern tents at Maidan e Arafat.18,000 tents have been established for 130,000 pilgrims.A total of 177 fully equipped ambulances would remain alert for ...

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Syria rebels make gains in major Hama offensive: monitor BEIRUT: Syrian opposition fighters have seized several areas in a rapid advance against government forces in central Hama province, prompting a wave of regime air strikes, a monitor said Thursday.At least 25 civilians, including children, were killed in the strikes early Thursday as fighting raged in parts of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Britain-based monitoring group said an alliance of rebel and militant forces had launched an offensive on Monday in Hama, ...

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Amnesty condemns 'heightened crackdown' on Bahrain opposition DUBAI: Amnesty International urged Bahraini authorities Thursday to end a "heightened crackdown" on its Shiite opposition, after some 60 clerics were summoned or arrested for participating in a protest.The clerics were among scores of other demonstrators detained after taking part in a sit-in protesting the stripping of top Shiite cleric Isa Qassim's citizenship."The Bahraini authorities should halt immediately their heightened crackdown on peaceful critics and opponents," said the rights watchdog in a statement.Bahrain has been ...

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Syrian Kurdish YPG says Turkish troops fire at their fighters along border AMMAN: Syria's Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish forces fired at their fighters along the border on Monday, wounding one fighter, hundreds of miles east of Turkey's main incursion into northern Syria. Chief YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters that Turkish armoured vehicles were patrolling the area and opened fire on the YPG fighters between the Kurdish-controlled cities of Qamishli and Amouda in Syria's northern Hasaka province. Turkish-backed forces' push into northern Syria drew a rebuke ...

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Suicide bombing kills 11 at Yemen army camp: security official ADEN: A suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen's second city of Aden killed 11 people on Monday, a security official said. The official told AFP that the attacker drove his vehicle into a gathering of new recruits at the camp in northern Aden, warning that the death toll from the bombing could rise. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...