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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 by a mechanical failure or because of extreme cold, Khabbaz said.Two coaches on the express burst into flames when a passenger train behind ran into the back of it at 7:50 am (0420 GMT).The front four coaches of the second train -- running from Semnan to Mashhad -- derailed and overturned."One minute I was sleeping and the next I was being carried out of a coach on fire," one hospitalised passenger told state television.Television broadcast ...

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Syria army advances in rebel-held east Aleppo ALEPPO: The Syrian army Friday advanced in Aleppo after pounding the city's rebel-held east with air strikes and shelling that killed dozens, adding to the despair of more than 250,000 civilians under siege.The US military, meanwhile, announced its first combat loss in Syria, saying a service member had been killed by a bomb during an offensive against the Islamic State militant group.Ten days into the latest government offensive to recapture all of Syria's battered second ...

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Iraq forces must open safe routes for Mosul residents: NGO ARBIL: Iraqi forces should create safe exits for Mosul residents because they cannot protect civilians and wage fierce battles with militants at the same time, an aid group said on Friday.The International Rescue Committee also predicted that the fighting to retake the Islamic State group's northern stronghold would last until the spring of 2017 and worried that the trapped population would run out of supplies or take huge risks to flee."Even with the best efforts ...

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IS claims deadly Iraq truck bomb targeting pilgrims: SITE BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bomb attack against Shiite pilgrims that killed at least 70 people Thursday in Iraq.In a statement quoted by the SITE Intelligence Group, the militant organisation said a bomber "blew up his vehicle amidst their assembly, inflicting among them more than 200 killed and wounded, including Iranians."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Twelve Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike SANAA: Twelve Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi-led air strike while riding in a pickup truck in the country's northwest early on Wednesday, residents said.Locals said the passengers were shoppers heading to a local market in the Hiran area of northwest Hajja province, which is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen's Houthis since March 2015 to restore the internationally recognised president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in exile ...

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Twelve Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike SANAA: Twelve Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi-led air strike while riding in a pickup truck in the country's northwest early on Wednesday, residents said.Locals said the passengers were shoppers heading to a local market in the Hiran area of northwest Hajja province, which is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen's Houthis since March 2015 to restore the internationally recognised president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in exile ...

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Opposition groups agree Syria's Assad must go: Germany's Steinmeier BERLIN: Despite all their differences, opposition groups in Syria agree that there cannot be a future with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a conference hosted by his Social Democrat party on Tuesday. Steinmeier repeated his call for an end to the bombardment of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and other parts of the country, and said a transition plan was needed to get to a political solution for ...