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More than 30 Syrian rebels killed in IS suicide blast BEIRUT: The Islamic State jihadist group on Monday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed more than 30 Syrian rebel fighters in a blast near the Turkish border.IS, in a statement published on Twitter and the messaging service Telegram, said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt among rebels "getting ready to fight the Islamic State".The blast on Sunday night struck the Atme border crossing between Turkey and the northern Syrian province of Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The monitoring group said the anti-regime fighters were travelling by bus to Turkey then back into Syria towards the rebel bastion of Azaz, in Aleppo province.The attack killed 32 rebels as they were entering Turkey, the Britain-based Observatory said, updating an earlier toll on Sunday evening of 15. Its head Rami Abdel Rahman said the toll could rise further as other fighters remained critically wounded. IS's statement said ...

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UN's Ban condemns Yemen school attack, coalition says Houthi facility targeted DUBAI: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned an air strike on a school in northern Yemen that killed 10 children and called for an investigation, while the Saudi-led coalition said the attack had targeted a training facility run by the Houthi group.Aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said 28 other children were wounded in Saturday's attack on the school in the Saada province. The United Nations Children's Fund said the facility was a religious school in Juma'a ...

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Dubai plane crash survivor hits $1mn jackpot DUBAI: It's been an eventful few days for Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar, an Indian living in Dubai.In the space of a week, he survived a crash landing at Dubai airport then won $1 million in a lottery organised by the airport's duty free operator, Gulf News reported. The 62-year-old was flying home from holidays with family in India when the Boeing 777 in which he was travelling caught fire on landing with 300 people on ...

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Iran ex-president writes to Obama demanding frozen funds TEHRAN: Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, rumoured to be planning a political comeback, has asked Barack Obama to return $2 billion of assets frozen in the US in a letter made public Monday.Ahmadinejad wrote that despite early promises by the US president to improve ties with Iran "the same hostile policies along with the same trend of enmity were pursued".He specifically mentioned the $2 billion of Iranian foreign currency reserves seized from New York bank ...

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Hundreds join key battle for Syria's Aleppo BEIRUT: Regime and rebel forces have sent in hundreds of fighters and extra military equipment to join the crucial battle for Syria's second city Aleppo, a monitoring group said Monday.Fighting is intensifying as both sides prepare for what Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said would be a decisive battle for the northern city."An estimated 2,000 Syrian, Iraqi, and Iranian fighters as well as Lebanese fighters from (Shiite movement) ...

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Iran executes nuclear scientist for spying for US DUBAI: Iran has executed an Iranian nuclear scientist detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington, a spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday. "Through his connection with the United States, (Shahram) Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy," Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference, state news agency IRNA reported. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Saudi-led coalition launches 30 air strikes in Yemen CAIRO: A Saudi-led military coalition carried out around 30 air strikes throughout Yemen on Sunday, residents said, a day after UN talks to end a civil war there expired without achieving peace. The bombings were aimed at Yemen's armed Houthi movement in Sanaa, Saada, Jawf, Hajja and Taiz provinces, stretching from the country's far north to coastal south. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the strikes, which were carried out largely in remote ...