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Kerry sees hope of extending truce to Syria's Aleppo AMMAN/GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks were closer to extending a Syrian truce to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has torpedoed peace talks and left a ceasefire in tatters.Kerry was in Geneva for talks with other dignitaries to try to revive the first major ceasefire of the five-year Syrian war, which was put in place in February with U.S. and Russian backing but has since all but collapsed.Syria announced temporary local truces in other areas last week but has so far failed to extend it to Aleppo, where government air strikes and rebel shelling have killed hundreds of civilians in the past week, including more than 50 people in a hospital that rebels say was deliberately targeted.The Aleppo fighting threatens to wreck the first peace talks involving the warring parties, which are due to resume at ...

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US leads 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria: statement WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies conducted 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement released on Monday.In Iraq, 18 strikes near nine cities hit nine of the militant group's tactical units, a financial center, several tunnels and 12 boats, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Three of the strikes were centered near Mosul, an Islamic State stronghold, it added.Seven strikes in ...

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US, allies conduct 24 strikes against Islamic State: US military WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 17 strikes on Friday and seven in Syria, the U.S. military said on Saturday.Four of the strikes in Iraq were near Kirkuk, hitting two Islamic State tactical units, an excavator and three bridges used by the militant group.In Syria, four strikes were near Mar'a, hitting an Islamic State fighting position and vehicle.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Yemen suicide bomber targets Aden police chief ADEN: A suicide bomber targeted the police chief of Yemen's second city Aden on Thursday in the latest attack against senior officials in the base of the Saudi-backed government, a security official said.The bombing came after loyalist forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition seized the key southeastern port city of Mukalla and the nearby airport and oil facilities from Al-Qaeda, ending a year-long occupation by the militants.General Shallal Shayae escaped unharmed from the attack ...

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Iraqi PM attends parliament as protesters demand cabinet reshuffle vote BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attended a heavily scrutinised parliament session on Tuesday after tens of thousands of protesters took over part of central Baghdad demanding a vote on a cabinet reshuffle to fight corruption.Most of the demonstrators at the gates of the heavily fortified Green Zone housing parliament and foreign embassies were supporters of powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who has pressured Abadi to follow through on months-old reform proposals.The largely peaceful ...

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Umrah Visas Can Now Be Converted To Tourist Visas Saudi Arabia has initiated a ‘Post-Umrah Program’, under which the Umrah performing pilgrims would be allowed to convert their visas into tourist visas.According to Saudi Gazette, Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), launched the program, as a move to increase tourism in the kingdom.The program is a part “The Kingdom is Muslims’ Destination” initiative, proposed by the commission several years ago.As per a press statement released by ...

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Saudi society will decide if women can drive: prince RIYADH: Saudi society, not the government, will determine whether women will be allowed to drive cars, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday.He was speaking to reporters after the unveiling of a vast plan, known as Saudi Vision 2030, to transform the oil-dependent economy.Mohammed was asked whether one of the plan's goals, to increase women's participation in the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent, could lead to their right to drive."So far ...