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Civilian killed as gunmen attack airport in Yemen's Aden ADEN: Suspected jihadists attacked the airport in Yemen's government-held second city Aden on Monday sparking a firefight in which at least one civilian was killed, a security source said.Around 20 gunmen stormed the main entrance road to the airport in the city's Khormaksar district, demanding the release of a fellow jihadist of Western origin who was detained late last month.Airport guards repulsed the attack after a 90-minute gun battle, the source said, adding that the civilian was killed by a stray bullet.The gunmen's leader told security forces he was a close relative of the detained jihadist, a Western national of Algerian origin.The detained Westerner was among seven suspected members of the Islamic State group whose arrest was announced by the authorities in Aden on May 28.Aden is the headquarters of the Saudi-backed government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi as the capital Sanaa and swathes of the north and centre of ...

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Syrian government air strikes kill 15 people in east: monitor BEIRUT: Syrian government warplanes killed at least 15 people in air raids on a town in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.The raids hit the town of al-Boulil, near a military airport. Four women and a child were among those killed, the British-based Observatory said.Syrian government forces have been fighting against Islamic State in the area. The jihadist group controls most of Deir al-Zor ...

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Syrian government air strikes kill 15 people in east BEIRUT: Syrian government warplanes killed at least 15 people in air raids on a town in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The raids hit the town of al-Boulil, near a military airport. Four women and a child were among those killed, the British-based Observatory said. Syrian government forces have been fighting against Islamic State in the area. The jihadist group controls most of ...

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Bahrain replaces oil minister - agency DUBAI: Bahrain's king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa replaced the oil minister in a minor cabinet reshuffle on Friday that affected two cabinet portfolios, state news agency BNA reported.The agency said that Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Hamad was appointed energy minister, replacing Abdul-Hussain bin Ali Mirza.Mirza was appointed minister of water and electricity in the kingdom, which is a small oil exporter and not a member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Direct Israel-Palestinian talks 'don't work': French FM PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is hosting an international meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Friday, said direct talks between the two parties "do not work"."Currently everything is blocked. We don't want to act in the place of the Israelis and Palestinians but we want to help them," he told France Info radio.Neither side will be present for the talks, aimed at creating "a climate of trust" to encourage the Israelis and Palestinians to ...

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10 civilians dead as regime strikes hit bus near Syria's Aleppo ALEPPO: Ten civilians were killed near Aleppo Friday when regime air raids hit a bus travelling on a key road out of the embattled northern Syrian city, the civil defence said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, also reported intense strikes on the road but gave a lower toll of eight civilians killed.The Castello road, where a bus was also hit by regime bombing raids on Wednesday, is a key rebel supply ...

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Fourteen soldiers killed in southern Yemen clashes ADEN: Fourteen government soldiers were killed on Sunday in a push to retake a southern Yemeni city from the Iran-allied Houthi group, military officials said, in one of the deadliest days since a shaky ceasefire tentatively took hold last month. Yemen's exiled government has been fighting a war backed by Saudi-led air strikes and ground forces to win back the capital of Sanaa from the Houthis, whom it views as a proxy of Tehran. Backed ...