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Air raids kill 25 civilians in Syria's Aleppo: monitor ALEPPO: Air raids on rebel-held districts of Syria's battleground second city of Aleppo killed at least 25 civilians including children on Saturday, a monitor said. The death toll steadily rose throughout the day as bombardment rocked the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Eleven civilians, including four children, were killed by air raids after midnight in the Bab al-Nasr area of Old Aleppo, and seven others were killed in Fardous neighbourhood," the monitor said. Seven others, including children, were killed in several other rebel-controlled neighbourhoods -- among them three in the Salhin district, the Britain-based monitor said. The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources across Syria for its information, said the air strikes were likely either Russian or regime warplanes. "At least 20 people are still under the rubble," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. Syrian state news agency SANA, for its part, reported that ...

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UN says Yemen talks still on despite boycott threat KUWAIT CITY: The United Nations said Yemen's peace talks were expected to resume later Friday or the next day despite a threat by the government to boycott the negotiations.The rebel delegation of Shiite Huthis and representatives of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party was on its way to Kuwait City for the talks, a rebel spokesman said.UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Riyadh for talks with Yemen's ...

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Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has set a minimum wage for its hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian domestic workers, in a first for Gulf states which have come under widespread accusations of abuse.A decree issued by Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Sabah set the minimum wage at 60 dinars ($200) a month and also granted domestic staff a raft of other rights, Al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Thursday.Kuwait is the first country in the Gulf to regulate ...

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Nuclear deal holding but more work needed: Iran negotiator TEHRAN: Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is holding a year after it was agreed but more needs to be done to ensure its full implementation, a top Iranian negotiator said Wednesday."The total process has been relatively satisfactory despite the difficulties that we see in the implementation," Hamid Baeidinejad told a press conference in Tehran for the first anniversary of the agreement."We belive that the deal has not been violated so far and efforts continue ...

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Iran condemns opposition rally in France TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday condemned a rally in France on the weekend by an exiled opposition group it labelled a "stinking corpse" and said it would denounce any country that backed it.The National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI) claimed that 100,000 Iranians had attended its annual rally in Bourget, near Paris, on Saturday."The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to confront this hypocritical little group and will condemn any government" that supports it, government ...

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US to send 560 more troops to Iraq: Carter BAGHDAD: The United States will send an additional 560 military personnel to Iraq to assist in its fight against the Islamic State militant group, visiting Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced Monday.The increase will bring the total authorised number of American forces in Iraq, most of whom are in advisory or training roles, to more than 4,600.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Coalition air strikes, Turkish army kill 8 Islamic State militants: Anadolu ISTANBUL: Air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes and artillery fire from Turkey killed eight Islamic State fighters in northern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency cited the Turkish military as saying on Sunday.Ten Islamic State targets were hit in the strikes, which also destroyed one building used by the militants as a base, the agency said.It said Turkish army howitzers fired on the militants as they were preparing to open fire on Turkey on Saturday from the ...