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Syria rebels lose all of northeast Aleppo: monitor BEIRUT: Syrian rebels have lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in eastern Aleppo, a monitor said Monday, as the army pushed an offensive to retake the battered city.The army captured the Sakhur, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods on Monday, while Kurdish forces took the Sheikh Fares district from rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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More than 400 civilians flee east Aleppo: monitor BEIRUT: More than 400 Syrian civilians have fled rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo for the government-controlled west as regime forces advance in the city, a monitor said Sunday.The civilians fled overnight to the Masaken Hanano district and were taken to regime-controlled areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Syrian state media said government forces had on Saturday captured Masaken Hanano, the largest rebel-held district of Aleppo, in what would be a major breakthrough in the ...

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UN Yemen envoy in new bid for peace MUSCAT: The UN envoy for Yemen announced a new bid for peace talks between the government and rebels, after the latest ceasefire failed to bring an end the 20-month conflict.Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he was heading to Riyadh and Kuwait "to prepare for a new round" of talks, as he left Muscat late Saturday after discussions with representative of Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies.Riyadh has been the base of Yemeni President Abedrabbo ...

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Helicopter crashes in Iran, killing five: official TEHRAN: Five people on board an Iranian helicopter were killed when it crashed into the Caspian Sea on Sunday, state television reported.The bodies of four crew and a civilian, plus the helicopter, had been found, a security official told state television website.The helicopter, owned by the National Iranian Drilling Company, was carrying an emergency patient from Amir Kabir offshore oil platform when it "disappeared half a mile from the oil rig on its way back," ...

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22 Syria rebels hit by IS chemical attack: Turkey army ISTANBUL: Twenty-two pro-Ankara Syrian rebels were hit by a chemical gas attack from Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Syria, the Turkish army said on Sunday."After a rocket was fired by Daesh (IS), 22 opposition members were observed to have been exposed in their eyes and bodies to chemical gas," the general staff said in a statement, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency.It said the attack happened in the area of the village of ...

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Turkish foreign minister visits Iran, meets Rouhani DUBAI: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Iran on Saturday and met President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian state media reported, in rare previously announced talks between the regional rivals.Cavusoglu was also due to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during the visit, the official news agency IRNA reported."Despite (their differences), the two countries' officials are looking for solutions and seeking to draw closer their points of views, especially on Iraq and Syria," IRNA reported, without ...

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More than 30 dead as trains collide in Iran TEHRAN: Two trains collided and caught fire Friday in a remote region of northern Iran, killing more than 30 people and injuring dozens more, in one of the country's worst rail disasters.Provincial governor Mohammad Reza Khabbaz told state television that the crash took place in Semnan province on the main line between Tehran and Iran's second city Mashhad.An express train operating from Tabriz in the northwest to Mashhad had been forced to stop between stations ...