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Coalition air strikes hit Qaeda in Yemen ADEN: Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Al-Qaeda positions in southern Yemen on Saturday killing several jihadists, as government forces appeared set on a new offensive, military officials said.Two air strikes targeted Al-Qaeda militants gathered on the outskirts of Jaar town in Abyan province, killing and wounding several jihadists, military officials said.The raids came after several military meetings were held in Aden to discuss plans for a new operation against jihadists in Abyan, they added.Government forces backed by the Arab coalition had launched an all-out offensive in March against jihadists in south Yemen, recapturing main cities. But government troops retreated from Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan, after Al-Qaeda militants struck back.The jihadists have been seen planting mines and explosive devices along the route linking Abyan with the southern port city of Aden, in preparation for an anticipated attack, witnesses said.The government of UN-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has been using Aden ...

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Iraq PM seeks to speed up death penalty implementation BAGHDAD: Iraq's prime minister is seeking to speed up the implementation of death sentences, his office said Saturday, despite persistent concerns over flaws in the judicial system that hands them down.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the formation of a committee "to determine the obstacles and causes that result in the delay in the implementation of death sentences," a statement said.The committee is to make recommendations to "speed up the ratification of those sentences and their ...

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Bus crash kills 16 in Iran TEHRAN: At least 16 people were killed and 12 others injured early Saturday when a speeding bus smashed into an electricity pole in northern Iran, state television reported.It quoted a police official as saying that the driver of the bus, that was travelling to the capital Tehran from a city near the Caspian Sea, was driving at high speed and lost control of the vehicle.The accident came a day after at least 30 people were ...

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Iran condemns Munich mall attack TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday condemned a shooting spree at a busy shopping centre in Munich by a teenage German-Iranian gunman who killed nine people before committing suicide.Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi denounced "the killing of innocent and defenceless people" and expressed Iran's solidarity with the German government and people, official IRNA news agency reported.Ghasemi also called for a "relentless and comprehensive fight" to eradicate violence.Sixteen people were also wounded in Friday's shooting spree in Munich, ...

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Bomb kills four policemen in Yemen's Aden ADEN: A bomb killed four policemen on Wednesday in Yemen's second city Aden, where jihadists have repeatedly targeted security forces, a security official said.Another six officers were wounded in the blast in the southern port city where the Saudi-backed government has its base, the official told AFP.Despite a 16-month-old Saudi-led military intervention, the government has struggled to secure the city.On Friday, a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda hit the convoy of Aden governor Aidarus al-Zubaidi, ...

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US-led strikes kill 56 civilians in Syria: monitor BEIRUT: Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.The civilians had apparently been mistaken for militants and were bombed while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar in Aleppo province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Elsewhere in Aleppo province, air strikes probably carried out by Russia killed 21 civilians, including six children, in the ...

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UN chief deplores ban on Bahrain Shia opposition UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday deplored the dissolution of the main Shia opposition party in Bahrain, warning the ban could fuel tensions in the Gulf kingdom.A court on Sunday ordered the dissolution of Al-Wefaq despite international criticism of Bahrain's intensified crackdown on dissent."The move is the latest in a series of restrictions of the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of expression in Bahrain," said a statement from ...