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More than 82 killed in overnight Baghdad bombings, police and medics say BAGHDAD: More than 82 people were killed and 200 injured in two bombings that hit Baghdad around midnight Saturday, nearly all of them in a blast targeting a busy shopping area as they celebrated Ramadan, police and medical sources said Sunday.A truck-refrigerator packed with explosives blew up in Karrada, killing 80 people and injuring at least 200. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group. It said the blast was a suicide bombing. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Yemeni govt casts doubt on UN peace talks RIYADH: Yemen's government has expressed doubts over UN-backed efforts to end its conflict with Shiite Huthi rebels who have seized control of large parts of the country. The government still has "fundamental differences" with the Huthis over "their rejection... of measures that are necessary to put an end to their plot", it said in a statement late on Friday.Yemen's warring parties are taking a two-week break from peace talks in Kuwait that have made little ...

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Eighteen injured in Makkah stampede: Saudi media RIYADH: Eighteen pilgrims have been injured in a stampede near Islam's holiest site, Saudi media reported on Saturday, as the kingdom continues to review safety after a deadly crush during last year's hajj.The incident happened on Friday night near the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the Al-Riyadh newspaper said, as Muslims gathered in large numbers to mark the Night of Destiny, one of the high points of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.All the injured were ...

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Millions converge on Makkah for Night of Power ISLAMABAD: Millions of Muslims from around the world as well as other parts of the Kingdom are converging on the Grand Mosque in Makkah to perform Umrah and take part in special prayers in the final phase of Ramzan, which is considered to include the holiest days of the fasting month.The traffic heading to the holy city is getting intense day after day. All government departments have mobilized their human and material resources to welcome ...

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US-led strikes pound Islamic State in Iraq, kill 250 fighters WASHINGTON: US-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Falluja on Wednesday, US officials told Reuters, with one citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 suspected fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed.If the figures are confirmed, the strikes would be among the most deadly ever against the jihadist group. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the operation and noted preliminary estimates ...

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UN-backed Yemen peace talks adjourn until July 15 DUBAI: United Nations-mediated talks to end more than a year of war in Yemen have adjourned and will reconvene in Kuwait on July 15 after the Muslim Eid holiday, the UN envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said on Wednesday.A shaky ceasefire coinciding with negotiations has paused fighting which raged across the country, though Saudi-led air strikes have increased as Iran-allied Houthis have made ground advances while Islamic State has taken advantage of a security vacuum ...

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Car bomb kills 10 in Kurdish-held Syria town: monitor BEIRUT: A car bomb killed at least 10 people on Wednesday in a Syrian town near the Turkish border held by US-backed Kurdish-led forces, a monitoring group said.Another nine people were wounded in the attack in Tal Abyad, which was captured from the Islamic State group by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and allied Arab groups in June last year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The alliance was formalised in October 2015 into ...