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Air Force Smashes ISIL Bases, Missile-Launching Pads in Palmyra

DAMASCUS: (Web Desk)- The Syrian fighter jets pounded and destroyed the ISIL bases and missile launchpads in the Eastern parts of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Homs province. In another development in Eastern Homs, a gathering of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists and several fortifications were hit in army airstrikes in Jbab Hamad …

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Ansarullah Launches New Offensive to Capture Key Region in Northern Yemen

SANA: (Web Desk)- The Ansarullah forces, backed by the Yemeni Republican Guard, launched a new offensive to capture the strategic Al-Hazm region in Northern Yemen near the Saudi borders on Thursday. “If the Ansarullah forces seize Al-Hazm region in al-Jawf Province, then the pro-Hadi forces would suffer an embarrassing defeat …

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US House passes new Iran sanctions legislation

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk)- The Republican-dominated US House of Representatives has passed two bills imposing new restrictions on Iran one year after a historic nuclear agreement. The lower chamber of Congress voted 246 to 179 Thursday to pass a new set of sanctions on the Islamic Republic and 246 to 181 …

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UN asks Saudi to prove prevention of Yemen child deaths

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Saudi Arabia to provide convincing proof that could concretely back up Riyadh’s claims that its military coalition is adopting measures to prevent the killing and wounding of children in Yemen. Ban told Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in New York on Thursday that he …

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Cameron leaves Downing St to tender resignation

LONDON: David Cameron visited Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday to tender his resignation as Britain´s prime minister, standing down following the seismic vote to leave the European Union. In a final statement in front of the prime minister´s Downing Street office, flanked by his wife and children, he said it …

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Saudi prosecutors bring charges over Grand Mosque crane disaster

RIYADH: (Web Desk)-  Suspects including engineers and two government employees will face trial in Saudi Arabia over the deaths of 107 people when a crane toppled over at Mecca’s Grand Mosque last year, a local newspaper that reflects government thinking reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper quoted a source …

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ISIS confirms key commander Omar Shishani dead

BAGHDAD: (Web Desk)- A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State has confirmed the death of key leader Omar Shishani, who the US said it killed in March. The Amaq news agency said Shishani was killed in combat in the town of Shirqat, south of Mosul in Iraq. The Pentagon …

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Turkey aims to develop good relations with Syria, Iraq: PM Yildirim

ANKARA: (Web Desk)- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey aims to develop good relations with Syria and Iraq. Yildirim’s comments during a live broadcast on television on Wednesday came as he was speaking about the need for Turkey to boost its diplomatic ties in the region. Since taking office …

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US deploys troops to South Sudan to protect embassy

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk)- US President Barack Obama is sending 47 troops to war-ravaged South Sudan, citing protection of the US embassy. The announcement was made in a letter that Obama wrote to the US Congress, released by the White House on Wednesday. “Although equipped for combat, these additional personnel are …

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