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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 to retake Khalasa on Wednesday morning, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said."Khalasa is on a high hill overlooking large parts of the south of Aleppo province," he said. The area overlooks the regime's supply road around the south of Aleppo city, linking the government-held Nayrab airport to the city's southeast and areas controlled by regime troops to its west, he said.Rebel- and jihadist-held areas in the south of Aleppo province faced heavy strikes and shelling ...

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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 ...

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Operation on Iraq's Fallujah has displaced 43,000: UN BAGHDAD: Iraq's offensive to retake the jihadist bastion of Fallujah has displaced 43,000 people in just over three weeks, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.The IOM "identified a total of 43,470 internally displaced Iraqis (7,245 families) from Fallujah district between 22 May and 13 June," it said in a statement.It said 10,000 people had fled between June 11 and 13 alone.The majority of the displaced were not from the city itself but lived ...

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Netanyahu stresses Arab peace initiative must be rewritten JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said a long-dormant Arab peace initiative with the Palestinians that he has spoken of reviving must be changed before Israel can support it.Netanyahu made the comments on Monday night to members of his Likud party, Israeli media reported, after facing pressure from rightwing members of his cabinet over his recent comments on the Arab initiative.Members of the religious nationalist Jewish Home party who hold key positions in Netanyahu's cabinet ...

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Saudi denied 'victim status' in Lithuania black site probe VILNIUS: A Lithuanian court has denied "victim status" to a Saudi terror suspect held in Guantanamo after allegations he may have been tortured at a secret CIA jail in the Baltic state.The court in Vilnius dismissed a petition by Mustafa al-Hawsawi, 47, ruling that the evidence presented by his defence amounted to "assumptions" rather than "objective facts", and failed to prove the CIA ever detained him at an alleged "black site" in Lithuania.Hawsawi's lawyer Ingrida ...

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India inflation increases in May on higher food prices NEW DELHI: India's consumer prices rose faster than expected in May due to higher food prices, official figures showed Monday, which will likely hold off an increase in interest rates. The inflation rate increased by 5.76 percent from a year earlier, substantially higher than 4.8 percent recorded in March and 5.4 percent in April, reported the statistics ministry. The jump was mostly driven by higher food prices due to back to back droughts, reported Bloomberg. ...