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Iraqi Kurds seize IS-held town near Mosul BASHIQA: Iraqi Kurdish forces have seized the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from the Islamic State group, an official said Tuesday, as US-backed militia forces advanced on the militants' Syrian stronghold Raqa.Capturing Bashiqa would be a final step in securing the eastern approaches to Mosul, three weeks into an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the country's second city.Iraqi troops have also seized the town of Hamam al-Alil south of Mosul, and Tuesday investigators carried out an initial examination of a mass grave site discovered in the area.Bashiqa was under the "complete control" of Kurdish peshmerga forces, Jabbar Yawar, secretary general of the Kurdish regional ministry responsible for the fighters, told AFP."Our forces are clearing mines and sweeping the city," Yawar said.An AFP correspondent on the outskirts of Bashiqa said clashes were ongoing, with three air strikes hitting the town and gunfire and an explosion heard.The peshmerga said there were ...

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Yemen war death toll surpasses 7,000: WHO SANAA: Yemen's 20-month war has killed more than 7,000 people and wounded nearly 37,000, the World Health Organization said, as the UN envoy voiced alarm over the worsening humanitarian situation."More than 7,070 people have been killed and over 36,818 injured" as of October 25, the WHO said in a statement.Another 21 million people are in need of urgent health services, the UN health agency said.Speaking to reporters at the airport of the rebel-held capital Sanaa ...

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Islamic State deploys car bombs in new Syria battle BEIRUT: Islamic State militants have set off five car bombs targeting US-backed Syrian armed groups attacking Raqqa, a Kurdish source said on Monday, saying the fight to drive IS from its stronghold city would "not be easy". The operation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including the Kurdish YPG militia, that began on Saturday aims to encircle and ultimately capture Raqqa, adding to the pressure on IS as it faces a major assault in Iraq. ...

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Yemen war death toll surpasses 7,000: WHO SANAA: Yemen's 20-month-old war has left more than 7,000 people dead and nearly 37,000 wounded, the World Health Organisation announced in its latest toll update.As of October 25, "more than 7,070 people have been killed and over 36,818 injured, according to health facility-based data," the WHO said in a statement late Sunday.Another 21 million people are in need of urgent health services, said the UN health agency.Yemen has been rocked by fighting between Iran-backed rebels ...

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Syria regime shelling kills six children in kindergarten: monitor BEIRUT: At least six children were killed on Sunday in Syrian government shelling that hit a kindergarten in the rebel-held town of Harasta outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said 17 people, most of them children, were also injured in the shelling.An AFP photographer saw the body of one child, a girl, lying on a bed at a makeshift hospital, her face bloodied and her clothes torn. ...

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Fresh Yemen fighting kills 20: officials ADEN: Fresh clashes in two different parts of Yemen on Sunday killed 14 pro-Iran rebels and six fighters loyal to the internationally recognised government, military officials said.Among them was loyalist General Yehia al-Khayati who died at a Saudi hospital where he was taken after being wounded in clashes in Midi, a northwestern town close to the Saudi border and the Red Sea coast, an official told AFP.Two rebel fighters were also killed in those clashes, ...

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Bombs hit convoy of displaced people in Iraq, kills 18 TIKRIT: Two roadside bombs struck a convoy carrying Iraqi families fleeing an Islamic State-controlled town in the north of the country late on Friday, killing 18 people, a police officer said.The bombs targeted a truck carrying people from Hawija, about 120 km (75 miles) south of Islamic State's stronghold in Mosul, as they were being taken to the town of Al Alam, next to the Tigris river.Seventeen of the dead were from the displaced families, ...