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Beirut blast caused by bomb under a car: state news agency BEIRUT: The blast that rocked the western part of Lebanese capital late Sunday was caused by a bomb placed under a car parked near a major bank, the state news agency said."The bomb was placed under a car in a narrow street behind the BLOM BANK building," the agency said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Iraq army says secures first safe exit route for civilians in Falluja BAGHDAD: The Iraqi army said on Sunday it had secured the first "relatively safe" exit route for civilians trying to leave Falluja, Islamic State's besieged stronghold near Baghdad. An exit route was secured on Saturday southwest of Falluja, known as al-Salam (Peace) Junction, Joint Operation Command spokesman Brigadier Gen. Yahya Rasool told Reuters. "There were exit routes previously, but this is the first to be completely secure and it's relatively safe," he said. Copyright Reuters, ...

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UN chief slams attack near Hazrat Zeinab's shrine in Damascus UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned an attack carried out on Friday near the Hazarat Sayidda Zeinab shrine in a Damascus suburb of Syria, in which several civilians were killed and many others wounded. A statement issued by the secretary-general's spokesperson said local monitor groups, several civilians, including women and children, were killed and many others wounded in the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ...

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Iran says 80pc of oil contracts with Europe are operational DUBAI: Some 80 percent of Iran's oil contracts with Europe are operational, Iran's oil export chief said on Saturday according to the ministry's news agency SHANA, adding Tehran was continuing talks with major European oil companies to sell more.Asked about Iran's oil contracts to sell 600,000 to 800,000 barrels per day to the European buyers, Mohsen Ghamsari, the director for international affairs at the National Iranian Oil Company, said: "80 percent of them are operational." ...

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Baghdad area suicide attacks kill at least 18: police BAGHDAD: Two suicide bomb attacks near the entrance of a military base north of Baghdad and by a market in the Iraqi capital killed at least 18 people Thursday, police said.Both explosions, claimed by the Islamic State group, occurred at around 9:00 am (0600 GMT).The attack by the entrance of one of Iraq's largest military bases in Taji, just north of Baghdad, killed at least seven people and wounded 18, a police colonel said.An interior ...

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Car bomb kills 8, wounds at least 30, in eastern Baghdad: police BAGHDAD: A car bomb killed eight people and wounded at least 30 in Baghdad al-Jadida, an eastern district of the Iraqi capital, on Thursday, police said.The explosion, which targeted a commercial street, comes as Iraqi forces are trying to dislodge Islamic State militants from Falluja, their stronghold just west of Baghdad. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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U.N. says 90,000 civilians could be trapped in Iraq's Falluja BAGHDAD: The United Nations on Wednesday revised significantly upward the number of civilians believed trapped in besieged Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold near Baghdad, to possibly 90,000 from a previous estimate of 50,000.In a telephone interview with Reuters in Baghdad, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, warned that civilians could face a "harrowing" situation in the besieged city 50 kilometers (32 miles) west of Baghdad.The Iraqi army began an offensive to dislodge the ...