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Russia announces 48-hour ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo MOSCOW: Russia's defence ministry announced late Wednesday that a 48-hour ceasefire had been introduced, starting from Thursday, to help stabilise the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo."On Russia's initiative, a 'regime of silence' has been introduced in Aleppo for 48 hours from 00:01 16 June (2100 GMT Wednesday) with the goal of lowering the level of armed violence and stabilising the situation," a ministry statement said.The statement did not specify who Russia has discussed the two-day ceasefire with. It accused Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra front of attacking various Aleppo neighbourhoods with multiple rocket launchers, as well as mounting a tank attack southwest of the city.The last-minute announcement, made just an hour before the ceasefire was to go into effect, came as US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia and the Syrian regime to respect a frayed ceasefire that has been severely tested around divided Aleppo.Russia provides air support to troops loyal ...

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Yemen peace talks broach military, security concerns: UN KUWAIT CITY: Yemen's warring parties have discussed forming military and security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending 14 months of fighting, the UN special envoy said Wednesday."Discussions continued on security and military issues, including the details of military and security committees," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement.Peace talks in Kuwait between Iran-backed rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have completed their eighth week without any major breakthrough ...

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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 ...

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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 ...