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Turkish foreign minister visits Iran, meets Rouhani DUBAI: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Iran on Saturday and met President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian state media reported, in rare previously announced talks between the regional rivals.Cavusoglu was also due to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during the visit, the official news agency IRNA reported."Despite (their differences), the two countries' officials are looking for solutions and seeking to draw closer their points of views, especially on Iraq and Syria," IRNA reported, without giving details of the talks.Iran, a Shi'ite Muslim nation, is a main ally of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war, while Sunni-majority Turkey has been one of his fiercest critics and has supported his opponents.Iran has joined Iraq in criticising the Turkish military presence in northern Iraq, which Ankara has said is at the invitation of a Kurdish regional government.Relations between the two neighbours appear to have improved after Iran supported the government of ...

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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 ...

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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 ...