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Fierce fighting, shelling shake Aleppo: AFP ALEPPO: Fierce fighting and shelling shook Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent reported, as sources said a deal to evacuate civilians and fighters from rebel-held districts was on hold.An AFP correspondent in a rebel-held area of east Aleppo saw several wounded civilians nearby as the area came under heavy tank fire.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed shelling and "very intense clashes on every front line." There was preliminary information about casualties, the Britain-based monitor said. "Regime forces have fired dozens of shells since this morning on areas held by the opposition factions, which have also fired at least eight shells so far into regime-controlled areas," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. Aleppo had seen several hours of calm after an agreement to evacuate civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held areas was announced on Tuesday. But rebels and a source close to the regime said the deal was ...

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Syria army resumes shelling of rebel Aleppo: monitor BEIRUT: Syria's army resumed shelling the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Wednesday, a monitor said, ending hours of calm after a deal to evacuate civilians and rebels was announced."This morning regime forces fired at least 14 shells onto the area held by the rebels for the first time since Tuesday," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights."Mortar fire was also heard on the front line between rebel- and regime-held ...

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IS claims deadly Cairo church bombing CAIRO: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a Cairo church that killed 25 people, in a statement circulated on social media on Tuesday.Suicide bomber Abu Abdallah al-Masri carried out Sunday's attack, the group said in the statement, one day after authorities named the bomber as Mahmoud Shafik Mohamed Mostafa.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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Iran says Boeing to provide financing for firm's first 6 planes BEIRUT: Boeing has agreed to provide financing for the first six planes it sells to Iran, Iran Air chief Executive Farhad Parvaresh was quoted as saying by Fars news agency on Tuesday. Parvaresh added that IranAir will pay 15 percent of prices of the passenger jet from Iran's development fund. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Death toll in Syria war rises to 312,000 BEIRUT: Syria's war has killed just more than 312,000 people since it began in March 2011, over 90,000 of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.The Britain-based group said it had recorded the deaths of 312,001 people since the war began with anti-government protests, including nearly 16,000 children.The toll includes more than 53,000 rebels and nearly 110,000 pro-regime fighters, among them over 60,000 Syrian soldiers, but also tens of thousands of ...

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Qatar to merge state-owned giant gas producers DOHA: Qatar, the world's largest liquified natural gas producer, announced on Sunday it is to merge state-owned Qatargas and RasGas to create a "truly unique global energy operator".Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, president and chief executive of state-owned Qatar Petroleum, said the move to the merger would begin right away and the companies would begin operating under a single entity, named Qatargas, within 12 months.He said the move would save "hundreds of millions of dollars"."The integration aims ...

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Kuwait emir tells MPs spending cuts 'inevitable' KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah opened the new parliament Sunday by declaring that a reduction in public spending is "inevitable" in the face of weak oil prices.The emir said the sharp drop in oil revenues has resulted in a huge budget deficit and "there is no other option but to take effective measures to deal with it.""I am confident that parliament and my brother citizens are all aware that reducing public expenditure ...