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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, the source said.Further south on the outskirts of the oil-rich Usailan district of Shabwa province, rebel forces attacked loyalist positions sparking clashes that killed 12 insurgents and five pro-government soldiers, another military source said.Yemen has been rocked by war since the Huthi rebels and their allies expanded from their northern historic strongholds seizing the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country.The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition of Arab states that have ...

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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, ...

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Saudi prince flogged in court-ordered punishment: newspaper DUBAI: A prince of Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud family was given lashes in a prison in Jeddah as a court-ordered punishment, a Saudi newspaper reported on Wednesday, less than a month after the kingdom executed another prince for murder.The brief report in Okaz daily did not disclose the offence for which he was being punished but said the unidentified prince was also ordered to serve a prison sentence.The flogging was carried out by a ...

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Iraq PM warns Turkey as Ankara deploys troops BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday warned Turkey against provoking a confrontation while saying he does not want war, after Ankara deployed tanks and artillery near the border.Turkey has insisted that it will play a role in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, but Baghdad has rejected this assertion and repeatedly called on Ankara to withdraw troops it has deployed near the jihadist-held city."The invasion of Iraq will lead ...

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Iraq forces fight way into Mosul BARTALLA: Iraqi forces fought their way into jihadist-held Mosul on Tuesday, the military said, as a top commander declared the "true liberation" of the city from the Islamic State group had begun.Just over two weeks into the massive offensive to retake Mosul -- IS's last major stronghold in Iraq -- soldiers managed to push within city limits.Troops had "entered the Judaidat Al-Mufti area, within the left bank of the city of Mosul," said the Joint ...

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Turkey says Raqa operation should start after Mosul operation ends ANKARA: Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday Turkey wants the drive to oust Islamic State jihadists from the Syrian city of Raqa to begin after operations in Iraq's Mosul and a Turkish-backed mission in northern Syria are over."It would be right, militarily and strategically, to conduct this Raqa operation after the Mosul operation and Turkey's Euphrates Shield operation have ended," he told reporters in Ankara.Last week US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said operations for ...

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Drone halts traffic at Dubai airport DUBAI: A drone forced Dubai international airport, one of the world's busiest, to halt air traffic for an hour and a half Saturday evening, the third such incident in less than five months.Air space around the airport was closed from 7:25 pm to 8:49 pm (1525-1649 GMT) "due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in flight diversions", said operator Dubai Airports.The General Civil Aviation Authority said the airport at Sharjah, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) away, ...