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Iran develops 'suicide drone' for sea, land targets TEHRAN: Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a "suicide drone" capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land.The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and "has not been designed to be armed with missiles," the Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guards, reported."(But) it can carry heavy payloads of explosives for combat missions to launch suicide attacks."Flying at a high cruising speed near the surface of the water, the aircraft can collide with the target and destroy it, either a vessel or an onshore command centre."Tasnim said the drone was designed to fly as low as two feet (half a metre) above the water at a speed of around 250 kilometres (160 miles) per hour but could reach an altitude of 900 metres (3,000 feet).As with previous drone announcements by Iran, the news agency released photographs of the ...

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US general says 800-900 IS fighters killed in Mosul offensive BAGHDAD: A US general told AFP on Thursday that between 800 and 900 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since Iraqi-led operations to recapture Mosul from the jihadists began."Just in the operations over the last week and a half associated with Mosul, we estimate they've probably killed about 800-900 Islamic State fighters," General Joseph Votel, who heads the US military's Central Command, said in an interview with AFP, speaking from an undisclosed location.Copyright AFP ...

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22 children killed in air raid on Syria school: UNICEF BEIRUT: Air strikes that hit a school in rebel-held Idlib province in northwest Syria killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children's agency UNICEF said Wednesday."This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," said UNICEF director Anthony Lake.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "warplanes -- either Russia or Syrian -- carried out six strikes" in the village of Hass, including on a school complex, killing ...

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As Syrian deaths mount, world's 'responsibility to protect' takes a hit LONDON: As civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are battered by air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, what has happened to the world's responsibility to protect populations under threat? The Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Security Council were established after World War Two to maintain peace and protect people in conflict zones. But a 21st-century UN doctrine called Responsibility To Protect (R2P), set up by the world body's member states to prevent mass ...

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Qatar in 3 days of mourning for ex-emir DOHA: Qatar began three days of mourning on Monday after the death of former emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who oversaw the start of the country's transformation into an energy powerhouse.Prayers took place at the national mosque after which the former ruler -- who was deposed in a bloodless coup by his son Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani in 1995 -- was buried in Al Rayyan on the western fringes of Doha.Flags on official buildings ...

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Qatar in 3-day mourning after former emir's death DOHA: Qatar began three days of mourning on Monday after the death of former Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who oversaw the start of the country's transformation into an energy powerhouse.Prayers were to take place at the national mosque with huge crowds expected, after which the former ruler will be buried. Flags on official buildings flew at half-mast.Many Qataris took to social media to express their condolences.A state visit by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was ...

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Attack in Iraq's Kirkuk over, 74 IS jihadists dead: governor KIRKUK: Iraqi security forces on Monday ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes, the provincial governor said."The attack is over and life has returned to normal," Najmeddin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk province, told AFP."The security forces have killed more than 74 Daesh (IS) terrorists and detained several others, including their leader."Karim said the initial confessions of the ringleader confirmed reports ...