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Fighting in Syria's Aleppo after siege broken: monitor BEIRUT: Sporadic clashes hit the southern edges of Aleppo on Sunday morning, a monitoring group said, hours after rebels said they had broken a three-week government siege of the Syrian city. An alliance of rebels, Islamists, and jihadists late Saturday said they had opened a new route into Aleppo's eastern neighbourhoods, home to some 250,000 people.But the road, which passes through southern edges of the city, remains too dangerous for civilians to use, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday."There are intermittent clashes and air strikes, but to a lesser degree," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman."Not a single civilian has left the eastern districts because the road is too dangerous and not secured," he told AFP. On Saturday, anti-regime groups overran a series of buildings in a military academy on the southwestern edges of Aleppo.They then pushed northeast into the district of Ramussa, linking up with rebel groups ...

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Air strikes thought to be Russian hit displaced camps in Syria BEIRUT: Air strikes believed carried out by Russian warplanes hit two displaced persons' camps west of Aleppo and near the Turkish border on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. It said the strikes killed at least two children and wounded 30 people near the town of Atareb, which is in rebel-held territory.A number of tents were damaged or burned in the strikes, it added. Russia has waged an air campaign against ...

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Emirates chairman says firefighter died in plane disaster DUBAI: A firefighter was killed while battling flames that erupted when an Emirates airline plane flying from India crash-landed in Dubai, the carrier's chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said on Wednesday. Sheikh Ahmed said authorities were still investigating the incident, in which 14 other people were admitted to hospitals with mainly minor or moderate injuries.He said the crash-landing was not caused by any security breach. He said the plane, which had entered service in ...

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Thousands of jobless Asians stranded in Saudi MANILA: Thousands of jobless Indians, Filipinos and Pakistanis are stranded and destitute in Saudi Arabia after the plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs, activists and officials said Tuesday.Some Filipinos are forced to beg or sift through garbage to survive after going unpaid for months, said Garry Martinez, chairman of the Migrante group which works for the millions of Filipino overseas workers worldwide."Some of them have nothing to eat and have to go through the ...

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Iraq PM bans travel by officials accused of corruption BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has imposed a travel ban on several parliamentary officials accused of corruption, his office said Tuesday, but the parliament speaker rejected the order.Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi on Monday told parliament that speaker Salim al-Juburi and several lawmakers were corrupt and had sought to blackmail him.Abadi ordered a "temporary travel ban" against those accused, in order "to investigate the validity of the allegations", a statement from his office said.But Juburi ...

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US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya SIRTE: US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government's request to help push the militants from their former stronghold in the city of Sirte. "The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks," Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have "an end point at this particular moment ...

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Iraqi PM orders probe into corruption allegations over weapons deals BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an investigation on Monday into allegations of corruption in weapons deals that risk re-igniting a political crisis ahead of planned military moves to retake Mosul from Islamic State. Infighting over anti-corruption measures, which stalled government activity for several months and sparked clashes between protesters and security forces in Baghdad earlier this year, threatens to slow momentum to recapture Mosul and capitalise on battlefield gains against the ultra-hardline militants. ...