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Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts overnight BEIRUT: Dozens of air strikes hit the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defence worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of air strikes had hit the rebel-held half of the divided city overnight, killing and wounding a number of people.The air attacks follow a week of escalating bombardment after a week-long ceasefire broke down. On Thursday the Syrian army said it launched a fresh offensive in the city which has become the main battle ground of the conflict, now in its sixth year.Bebars Mishal, a civil defence worker in rebel-held Aleppo, told Reuters the bombardment continued overnight until 6 a.m. (0300 GMT)."It's the same situation. Especially at night, the bombardment intensifies, it becomes more violent, using all kinds of weapons, phosphorous and napalm and ...

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Suicide bomber kills seven, wounds 28 in Baghdad, police say BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a commercial street of Baghdad on Sunday, killing seven and wounding 28, according to police sources. The explosion happened in Iskan, a mostly Shia district in the west of the Iraqi capital. Islamic State has stepped up bomb attacks in government-held areas this year as it loses territory to US-backed Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias. The Sunni group continues to control vast areas in northern and ...

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Jordan's PM re-appointed after elections AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah II re-appointed Prime Minister Hani al-Malki on Sunday to form a new government following elections in which the Muslim Brotherhood made its return as a parliamentary force. "The king has accepted the resignation of Hani al-Malki's government and charged him with forming a new one," the royal palace said in a statement.Malki, 65, an engineer by training, was closely involved with the negotiations that led to Jordan signing a peace deal ...

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Yemen air strike kills 9 family members: witnesses SANAA: A Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen killed nine members of the same family, including several children, on Sunday in the southwestern rebel-held city of Ibb, witnesses and medics said.Eleven neighbours were also wounded when the family's house, on the southern edge of the mountain city, was hit during a night of intense air strikes, witnesses said.Medics at the city's main hospital confirmed they had received nine bodies, including those of women and children.The ...

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Suicide bomber kills six in Baghdad BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber killed six people in western Baghdad on Sunday, a security spokesman said, a day after bomb and gun attacks hit a city north of the capital.The bomber detonated an explosive belt in the Iskan area, also wounding 18 people, according to a statement from security spokesman Saad Maan.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group frequently carries out suicide bombings targeting both civilians and ...

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Intense Syrian, Russian strikes kill 25 in Aleppo ALEPPO: Heavy Syrian and Russian air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of Aleppo city killed at least 25 civilians on Saturday, a monitor said, overwhelming doctors and rescue workers.The toll was expected to rise because people remained trapped under rubble, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The intense raids continued for a second night, after Damascus announced an operation late Thursday to recapture all of the city.Seven people were killed in a strike ...

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Russia's Lavrov says Syrian ceasefire hinges on all sides involved MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a revival of a ceasefire in Syria depends on all sides involved and not only on "Russia's unilateral concessions"."One can only speak about the ceasefire revival only on the collective basis," he said in an interview for the TV news show 'Vesti on Saturday'.Russia and the United States on Sept. 9 agreed to a deal aimed at putting Syria's peace process back on track. It included a nationwide ...