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Turkey shifting to open prisons amid jail overcrowding


Turkey says prisoners serving lighter sentences would be transferred to open prisons amid reports of jail overcrowding since Ankara began its crackdown in the wake of the failed coup of July 2016. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday that “there is some overcrowding due to the fight against …

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Iran holds second round of Hajj talks with Saudi Arabia


TEHRAN: An Iranian delegation, which is currently in Saudi Arabia for talks on the potential resumption of Hajj pilgrimages by Iranians, has held a second meeting with Saudi Arabian Pilgrimage Minister Mohammed Bentin. The delegation met with the Saudi minister at the Pilgrimage Ministry in Jeddah for a second time …

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Terror blasts kill 42 in Syria’s Homs


DAMASCUS: Simultaneous bombings have targeted separate areas across the western Syria city of Homs, claiming a total of 42 lives. The attacks struck the city on Saturday. Some reports said the fatalities included a senior security official, named Hossein Da’aboul (pictured below). The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said …

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Iraq: 60,000 troops taking part in anti-Daesh ops in W. Mosul


NINEVEH: Sixty thousand soldiers are participating in an Iraqi army offensive aimed at capturing the Daesh terrorist group’s last redoubts in western Mosul, according to an Iraqi military source. On Sunday, the Iraqi army began a wide-ranging military operation to purge remaining Daesh militants from the city’s western districts. “A …

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Palestine: 18 months for Israeli soldier who killed Palestinian


JERUSALEM: Palestinians have accused an Israeli military court of letting a soldier off too lightly — after it sentenced him to 18 months behind bars for fatally shooting an already-injured Palestinian man last year — while the Israeli right has called for the soldier’s immediate pardon. Soldier Elor Azaria, 18, …

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Iraqi jets strike Daesh positions in Syria: Premier Abadi


BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi fighter jets have pounded the positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria. “We are determined to chase terrorism that tries to kill our sons and citizens wherever it is found, so we gave orders to the air force command to …

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31 Terrorists Killed in Syrian Fighter Jets’ Airstrikes in Aleppo


The Syrian air force pounded militants’ positions and gathering centers in Western Aleppo, killing at least 31 terrorists, sources close to the dissidents reported. According to the pro-militant Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the militants were killed during airstrikes on their bases in the Western parts of Aleppo. The report …

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Over 2,000 Terrorists Join ISIL after Intra-Militants Deal


DAMASCUS: The al-Qaeda linked Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) could subjugate the ISIL-backed Liwa al-Aqsa terrorists after besieging them in Khan Sheikhoun and Morek following two weeks of bloody clashes in Northern Hama. Over 300 rebels were killed in the infighting, most of whom were executed Jeish Al-Nasr …

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Over 12,000 civilians killed in Saudi war


SANA’A: Almost two years into the Saudi war on Yemen, a rights NGO says the military campaign has cost the lives of more than 12,000 civilians. In a report released on Thursday, Yemen’s Legal Center for Rights and Development, an independent monitoring group, put the civilian death toll in war-torn …

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Yemeni forces target Jordanian F-16 fighter jet over Saudi Arabia: Report


SANA’A: Yemeni air defense forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have reportedly intercepted and shot down a single-engine, supersonic and multirole F-16 fighter jet of the Royal Jordanian Air Force. An unnamed Yemeni military source told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Friday that the aircraft was targeted as …

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