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Iraq's Fallujah faces 'disaster', NGO warns OSLO: Under fire and nearing starvation, thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped in the jihadist bastion of Fallujah face a "humanitarian disaster", a prominent Norwegian NGO said Thursday.Tens of thousands of others who have managed to flee the city as Iraqi forces press a bid to dislodge the Islamic State group also find little relief on their way out."We have a humanitarian disaster inside Fallujah and another unfolding disaster in the camps," the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a statement."Thousands fleeing the cross-fire after months of besiegement and near starvation deserve relief and care, but our relief supplies will soon be exhausted," NRC chief Jan Egeland said.Fallujah, which lies west of Baghdad, is one of the last two major Iraqi cities IS controls, the other being Mosul.For three weeks, Iraqi forces backed by a US-led coalition air strikes have alternated barrages of artillery fire with an attempt to move forward ...

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Mistrust clouds Yemen peace talks, eight weeks on KUWAIT CITY: Yemen's warring parties are struggling to seal a peace deal as mutual mistrust has overshadowed eight weeks of UN-brokered talks in Kuwait that have failed to achieve any major breakthrough.Yemen's foreign minister and the head of the government delegation, Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi, told Sky News Arabia that nothing has been achieved since the talks began on April 21 and "we have been revolving in a vacuum".He went further, threatening to pull out of the ...

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Russia announces 48-hour ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo MOSCOW: Russia's defence ministry announced late Wednesday that a 48-hour ceasefire had been introduced, starting from Thursday, to help stabilise the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo."On Russia's initiative, a 'regime of silence' has been introduced in Aleppo for 48 hours from 00:01 16 June (2100 GMT Wednesday) with the goal of lowering the level of armed violence and stabilising the situation," a ministry statement said.The statement did not specify who Russia has discussed the two-day ...

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Yemen peace talks broach military, security concerns: UN KUWAIT CITY: Yemen's warring parties have discussed forming military and security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending 14 months of fighting, the UN special envoy said Wednesday."Discussions continued on security and military issues, including the details of military and security committees," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement.Peace talks in Kuwait between Iran-backed rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have completed their eighth week without any major breakthrough ...

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At least 70 fighters dead in clashes around Syria's Aleppo: monitor BEIRUT: At least 70 fighters have been killed in less than 24 hours of fierce clashes between pro-regime forces, jihadists and rebels in Syria's Aleppo province, a monitor said Wednesday.Pro-regime fighters -- backed by regime and Russian air strikes -- retook the villages of Zaytan and Khalasa to the southwest of Aleppo city after losing control of them hours earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.But Al-Nusra Front, Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate, launched a counterattack ...

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Coalition air strikes, Turkish artillery kill 10 IS militants DIYARBAKIR: Ten Islamic State militants were killed in northern Syria by coalition air strikes and cross-border artillery fire from Turkey, military sources said on Wednesday.A total of seventeen targets, including mortar positions, were hit in the operation, which was carried out on militants thought to have been preparing for an attack on Turkey, the sources said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Iran's Khamenei warns US candidates over nuclear deal TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned candidates in the US presidential election against questioning the Islamic republic's nuclear deal with world powers, his official website reported on Tuesday."We do not violate the nuclear accord... candidates in the American presidential election are threatening to tear up the nuclear deal. If they do so, we will burn it," he told visiting dignitaries.Republican candidate Donald Trump has called the nuclear agreement "catastrophic".In March, Trump said ...