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Syria army seizes rebel town of Rankus: military DAMASCUS: Syria's army seized the rebel-held town of Rankus on Wednesday, state media reported citing a military source, as the regime extends its control over the strategic Qalamun region."Units of the Syrian army have now accomplished their operation in the Rankus area and restored security and stability after eliminating a large number of terrorists," state media said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, had earlier confirmed that "the army entered the area and is engaged in fierce fighting and heavy shelling".The group said 28 rebels had been killed in the Qalamun area as well as in Eastern Ghouta, elsewhere in Damascus province, in fighting between Tuesday and Wednesday.Rankus is about 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of Damascus and was home to 20,000 people before the conflict in Syria began in March 2011.Syrian troops backed by pro-regime militiamen and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement have captured most of the ...

Six car bombs rock Baghdad, killing at least seven BAGHDAD: Six car bombs rocked in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 30, security and medical officials said.The attacks occurred at about 10:00 am (0700 GMT) in five neighbourhoods of Baghdad, as the country marked the 11th anniversary of the fall of the Iraqi capital during the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Another Saudi MERS death raises kingdom toll to 67 JEDDAH: Saudi health authorities announced on Wednesday another death caused by the MERS virus in the capital Riyadh, bringing the nationwide toll to 67.The 57-year-old Saudi national had been suffering from chronic illnesses, the health ministry said.It also reported that another two Saudis had been infected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome -- one a 51-year-old and the other a 90-year-old, both of whom are suffering chronic illnesses.The latest figures bring to 179 the number ...
Saudi MERS death toll rises to 66 JEDDAH: Saudi health authorities have reported the deaths of another two men from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the worst hit country to 66.A 70-year-old national, who died in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, had also been suffering from chronic illnesses, the health ministry said in a late Sunday statement.The second victim was a medic, also in Jeddah, where the ministry reported four new cases of ...
Syrian refugee killed in Jordan camp riot AMMAN: Rioting in a Syrian refugee camp in northern Jordan killed one refugee and left dozens of people wounded, mostly policemen, a security chief said on Sunday.UN refugee agency UNHCR condemned Saturday's violence in the sprawling desert camp of Zaatari, urging Syrian refugees to respect the laws of their host country.Zaatari near the border with Syria has been the scene of several protests since it opened two years ago, mostly over poor living conditions.But it ...
Jordanian policemen, Syrian refugees hurt in camp riots AMMAN: Twenty-two Jordanian policemen and three Syrian refugees were hurt in clashes in a northern camp Saturday as police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of rioters, security officials said.Eyewitness said a Syrian refugee woman was killed in the rioting, which was denied in a statement by Public Security Directorate."Dozens of Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp rioted after police detained a group of refugees after leaving the camp illegally," the statement said."Twenty-two policemen ...
Bomb wounds senior military adviser's aide in Yemen SANAA: An aide to a senior Yemeni government military adviser and three security guards were wounded when a bomb exploded near his car on Saturday morning, security sources said.It was not immediately clear who planted the device on a road in the capital Sanaa, then detonated it as Fawaz al-Dhibri's vehicle went past, the sources added. All four were in a stable condition in hospital.Yemen has been plunged into turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 ...


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