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Iraq claims advance in retaking Mosul airport from Islamic State

Iraqi forces wrested back half of Mosul's airport from Islamic State Thursday, shortly after entering the facility during their ongoing campaign to drive the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Eight killed as bomb targets restaurant in Pakistan’s Lahore

A bomb ripped through a high-end restaurant in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said, marking another attack amid a surge in violence by Islamist militants that has ended months of fragile calm.

Iraq's powerful Shiite militia attacks Islamic State near Mosul

Baghdad (dpa) - Iraq's powerful Shiite militia launched a major attack Wednesday to recapture areas near the city of Mosul from Islamic State, backing an ongoing government offensive against the radical Sunni group.

Monitor: Israeli jets hit arms depots near Damascus

 Israeli warplanes Wednesday hit arms depots near the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitoring group reported.

Senior Yemeni army commander killed while fighting rebels

A senior commander of Yemeni government troops was killed Wednesday while fighting rebels, in a blow to President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, who vowed revenge.

UN: Trial against Gaddafi regime was unfair, flawed

Former members of the Gaddafi regime did not get a fair trial in Libya because the proceedings were so seriously compromised, the United Nations criticized in a report on Monday.

Rohingya activist urges companies to stop investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies need to stop investing in Myanmar in order to stop the country's discrimination against its Muslim minority Rohingya, a prominent Myanmar activist said Tuesday.

Iraqi forces shell Mosul airport in advance of storming it

Iraqi forces began shelling Mosul's airport on Tuesday as they make advances in anticipation of seizing it from the extremist Islamic State militia, police chief Raed Jawdat said.

Rebels seek to halt advances by extremist militia in southern Syria

Moderate Syrian rebels launched a counter-attack on Islamic State-linked militants after a series of Islamic State advances in south-western Syria, near the Golan Heights, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

US Defence Secretary: We are not in Iraq to seize Iraqi oil

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, in reference to comments made by President Donald Trump last month.

Le Pen says al-Assad is better solution for Syria than Islamic State

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains the more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State.

Germany, France slam Russia's acceptance of Ukrainian rebel passports

EU member states Germany and France, which have been seeking to mitigate the conflict between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, on Monday broadly condemned Russia's recognition of rebel-issued passports.

Afghanistan demands Pakistan hand over militants, shut training camps

The Afghan government has demanded that Pakistan hand over terrorists operating on its soil and close tens of terrorist training camps, the Foreign Ministry in Kabul said Monday.

Four Russian servicemen in Syria killed in vehicle bombing

Four Russian servicemen were killed and two others injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded under their vehicle in Syria's western Homs region, Russian state media reported Monday, citing the Defence Ministry.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul as US Defence Secretary visits Baghdad

Iraqi forces pressed on with their offensive to dislodge the extremist Islamic State militia from their stronghold in northern Iraq, as US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Baghdad on an unannounced official visit.

Militants launch two rockets into Israel from Sinai

Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula landed in Israel on Monday.

Famine declared in parts of South Sudan - 100,000 facing starvation

More than 100,000 people are facing starvation in parts of violence-plagued South Sudan, three UN agencies said Monday as they declared famine in parts of the country.

Iraq claims early gains in bid to retake Mosul from Islamic State

 Iraqi forces said on Sunday that they had regained territory from Islamic State in the western part of Mosul, hours after the launch of an offensive to dislodge the extremist militia from its last key stronghold in the country.

Truck bomb kills 35 in Somali capital

A suicide truck bomb on Sunday exploded at a market in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 35 people, authorities said.

Monitor: Syrian forces kill 16 firing rockets on Damascus outskirts

Syrian government forces fired at least 10 rockets at the north-eastern Damascus suburb of al-Qaboun on Sunday, killing 16 people in an attack that began a day earlier, a monitoring group said.

Afghan forces kill key al-Qaeda commander

Saifullah Akhtar, a key Al-Qaeda commander, and one of his fighters were killed in a special operation carried out by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni, the agency said in a statement on Sunday.

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from the western part of Mosul, which is currently still under the extremist militia's control. 

Colombia's FARC rebels ready to hand in their weapons

The last of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels entered the country's newly created transition zones on Saturday ahead of handing in their weapons, some two months after agreeing to an historic peace deal with the government.

Turkey detains 26 people after deadly car bomb attack in south-east

Turkish authorities have detained 26 people in connection with a car bombing in the south-eastern town of Viransehir, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Al-Shabaab kills intelligence officer's bodyguard in Mogadishu

The radical Islamist group al-Shabaab on Saturday killed an intelligence officer's bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.

Report: 3-year-old killed, 15 wounded in Turkey car bombing

A 3-year-old was killed and 15 people were wounded in a car bombing in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Friday citing the governor.

Pakistan launches crackdown on militants after deadly shrine bombing

Pakistani security forces killed and arrested dozens of suspected militants on Friday during a nationwide sting prompted by the deaths of more than 100 people this week in a fresh blast of violence that ended a period of fragile calm.

OSCE slams referendum in disputed land in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

An upcoming constitutional referendum in a disputed region populated by ethnic Armenians within the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is meritless, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday.

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting with pro-Russian rebels

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others injured in fighting with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine in the past day, the country's military said Friday.

Tight security as thousands demonstrate in Baghdad

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Baghdad’s Tahrir square on Friday, as Iraqi forces imposed tight security measures around an area that saw deadly clashes last week.

UAE: Two soldiers died fighting in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates said Friday that two of its soldiers died while taking part in a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Pakistan vows revenge against Taliban after deadliest week in months

Pakistan's political and military leaders Friday said they would go to any length to crush Islamic extremists after more than 100 people were killed in a latest wave of violence this week ending a period of fragile calm.

No breakthrough between Syrian regime, rebels at talks in Astana

There was no breakthrough in negotiations intended to strengthen a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria between government and opposition forces on Thursday, the opposition delegation said.

Baghdad car bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 45

At least 45 people were killed Thursday in a car bombing claimed by the radical Sunni Islamic State group in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, a security official said.

Mortars kill two children on Somali president's first day in office

A mortar attack on Thursday killed two children in the Somali capital Mogadishu, shortly after Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed took over as the country’s new president.

70 killed, 250 wounded as IS bomber targets Sufi shrine in Pakistan

A bomb ripped through the most revered shrine of Sufi Islam in Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 50 devotees and wounding several dozen others, officials said.

Sweden sentences Syrian man to life over killing of Syrian soldiers

A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment over his involvement in the 2012 killing of seven captive Syrian government soldiers.

Turkish attacks on Syrian town kill 24 civilians, monitor says

Turkish attacks on the town of al-Bab held by the Islamic State extremist militia in northern Syria have killed at least 24 civilians over the past 24 hours, a monitoring group said Thursday.

At least 9 mourners killed in Yemen air bombardment

A least nine mourners were killed in airstrikes by Saudi-led jets near the Yemeni capital Sana’a, witnesses said Thursday.

Kazakhstan: Syria truce talks postponed to Thursday

International talks intended to strengthen a countrywide ceasefire in war-torn Syria have been postponed by a day, the host state Kazakhstan said Wednesday.

Taliban kill 5, kidnap 52 in northern Afghanistan

Taliban militants killed five and wounded one member of so-called local uprising forces in northern Afghanistan while kidnapping 52 farmers nearby, officials said on Wednesday.

Report: Eight killed in knife attack in China's Xinjiang region

Eight people were killed in a knife attack in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang on Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported.

Turkey detains 834 over links to Kurdish militants

Turkish forces have carried out simultaneous raids in 37 provinces and detained 834 people over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, citing the security services.

Rival jihadist fighting kills 70 militants in Syria, watchdog says

Fighting between two anti-regime militant factions in north-western Syria has killed nearly 70 fighters from both sides in the last 24 hours, a monitoring group said.

Turkish forces control most of al-Bab in Syria, prime minister says

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebel forces control of most of al-Bab, a town in northern Syria previously held by Islamic State, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

Syrian opposition says Russia is not serious about ceasefire

The Syrian opposition on Monday accused Russia of not being serious about a ceasefire in the war-torn country and threatened not to attend an upcoming meeting in the Kazah capital Astana.

Germany cancels meeting with Israel after new settlement law passed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a meeting with the Israeli government, a government spokesman said in Berlin on Monday.

Hamas elects former prisoner as chief of movement in the Gaza Strip

The Islamic Hamas movement has chosen Yehya al-Sinwar as its new chief in the Gaza Strip, the group's Al-Risala news site reported on Monday.

Taliban suicide bomber kill 10, wounds dozens in Pakistan's Lahore

At least seven people, including police officers, die when a bomb explodes at a rally in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.

Syrian army advances in attempt to retake Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian state army has advanced to within 20 kilometres of Palmyra in an attempt to retake the ancient oasis city from the UN-designated terrorist group Islamic State, the Russian Defence Ministry said Monday.

UN: More than 5 million in need of food aid in South Sudan

About 5.2 million people are facing food insecurity in South Sudan, or nearly half of the population, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Monday.

North Korea claims ballistic missile launch success

North Korea said Monday it had successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, quoting its neighbour's state-run media.

At least 90 killed in clashes between police and militias in Congo

At least 90 people were killed during two days of clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and security forces in central Congo, the local Red Cross said Sunday.

UN chief vows full support for Yemen envoy after Houthi criticism

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed his support for his organization's envoy to Yemen, after Houthi rebels there accused the envoy of being biased against them and demanded his replacement.

Seven killed in Kashmir clashes, including one civilian

Two Indian Army soldiers and four suspected militants were killed Sunday in a gun battle in the Kulgam area of India-administered Kashmir, police said.

North Korea fires off ballistic missile, South Korean military says

North Korea fired off a new ballistic missile in the direction of the East Sea Sunday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Top South Sudan army general resigns, citing ethnic cleansing

A South Sudanese army general resigned on Saturday, citing cases of ethnic cleansing and crimes committed against civilians by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

Kazakhstan invites Syria government, rebels to talks next week

Syrian government and rebel delegations were invited along with the United Nation's special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to meetings in Astana on February 15-16, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Car bomb in Helmand kills at least 6; Taliban claim responsibility

A car bombing in Lashkargah, the capital of Afghanistan's embattled Helmand province, killed six people on Saturday, including five Afghan army soldiers and a child, a local government official said. 

Iraq kills Islamic State bombers, seizes arms cache in Mosul

Iraqi forces have killed two would-be bombers from Islamic State and seized an arms cache in a crackdown on suspected militants in the government-held eastern section of the city of Mosul, a security official said Saturday.

Syrian regime forces advance on Islamic State stronghold

Syrian regime forces and the allied Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah drew closer late Friday to al-Bab city, the last remaining significant stronghold of the Islamic State movement in northern Syria, a monitoring group said.

Car bombings in Baghdad, Mosul kill at least 21

At least 21 people were killed in car bombings Friday in Iraq, most of them in the eastern part of the city of Mosul, which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State extremist militia.

South Sudan exodus exceeds 1.5 million as fighting rages

The number of people who have fled South Sudan's civil war has crossed 1.5 million, in what is now the world's third-biggest refugee crisis after Syria and Afghanistan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday.

OSCE: Ukraine military, rebels both responsible for killing civilians

Both the Ukrainian military and the rebels have been responsible for the "maiming and killing of civilians" in eastern Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday, following an escalation in the conflict.

US to review claims of civilian casualties in Afghanistan airstrikes

The US forces in Afghanistan will review all material related to claims that US airstrikes had caused civilian casualties in Helmand province, a spokesman said on Friday.

Syrian prison killings report 'extremely consistent' with UN findings

Amnesty International's report about thousands of killings of Syrian prisoners matches evidence collected by UN human rights investigators, a UN spokesman said Friday in Geneva.

Kremlin: Turkey gave coordinates for bombing that killed Turks

A Russian airstrike targeting Islamic State militants that killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria was based on coordinates provided by Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Leading Syrian jihadist opposes peace talks, vows fighting

A chief of a hardline jihadist alliance, including the al-Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, on Friday baulked at talks aimed at ending Syria's conflict of almost six years and vowed to continue fighting.

Russian strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiers in Syria

A Russian jet conducting anti-Islamic State airstrikes accidentally hit a building housing Turkish soldiers in northern Syria on Thursday, killing three troops and injuring 11, though both sides appeared to be trying to head off tensions.

Islamic State claims rocket attack on Israeli town

An Islamic State affiliate, active in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, claimed Thursday a rocket attack on the resort town of Eilat in Israel.

Iraq busts suspected Islamic State cell near Baghdad

Iraqi authorities have arrested a group with suspected links to the Islamic State extremist militia that planned attacks in the capital Baghdad, security officials said Thursday.

Malaysian aid flotilla arrives in Myanmar, awaited by protesters

An aid flotilla from Malaysia carrying humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslim minority arrived at Yangon port on Thursday afternoon only to be met by protesters. 

Red Cross suspends operations in Afghanistan after attack on workers

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has suspended operations in Afghanistan after gunmen shot and killed six local staff members in northern Jawzjan province, spokesman Thomas Glass said Thursday.

Medics: Israeli war jets strike on Gaza-Egypt border area, two killed

Two Palestinians were killed and five were wounded Thursday in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike on the border between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, medical sources and witnesses said. The casualties occurred when Israeli war jets struck an underground smuggling tunnel with air-to-ground missiles, the Health Ministry in Gaza said in an emailed press statement.

Syrian rebels, regime vie for seizing Islamic State stronghold

Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, and government forces were vying Wednesday to gain control of the Islamic State stronghold of al-Bab in the northern part of the war-torn country, a monitoring group said.

Six local Red Cross staff shot dead in northern Afghanistan

Six local staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were shot dead in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province on Wednesday, officials said. 

Lawyers file Supreme Court petition against Israeli settlement law

Lawyers representing Palestinian local councils in the West Bank filed a Supreme Court petition against Israel's new settlement legalization law on Wednesday, a legal rights group said.

Syria denies Amnesty report on prison mass hangings

Syria Wednesday dismissed as "baseless" a report by Amnesty International, accusing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of hanging up to 13,000 people in a prison near the capital Damascus over the past five years.

Mortar attacks in Mogadishu as Somalia prepares for presidential vote

At least five civilians were reported wounded Tuesday following al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu a day before a planned presidential election, police and witnesses told dpa.

Afghan president condemns 'inhumane and unforgivable' Kabul bombing

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned a suicide attack on the Supreme Court in Kabul on Tuesday that killed 21 civilians.

Putin requests new Ukraine peace talks in conversation with Merkel

There need to be new Ukraine peace talks as soon as possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

At least 19 dead in suicide bombing targeting Afghan Supreme Court

At least 19 people were killed as a suicide bomber on foot set off his explosives at the entrance of the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul as employees left for home on Tuesday, an official said.

Israeli settlement legalization law unlikely to stand, says expert

A recently passed law that legalizes settlements in the West Bank discriminates against Palestinians and will not stand before the Supreme Court, an Israeli legal expert said Tuesday.

Death toll in Idlib airstrikes rises to 26, monitoring group says

At least 26 people were killed in a series of airstrikes that targeted a headquarters of the al-Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Sham group in Syria's north-western city of Idlib, activists and a monitoring group said.

Amnesty: Syrian government jail secretly hanged up to 13,000 people

A military jail authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government has overseen a "monstrous campaign" of secret atrocities, including the hanging of up to 13,000 people in five years, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Israeli parliament passes law retroactively legalizing settlements

Israel's parliament on Monday voted in favour of a law that would retroactively legalize Israeli settlements built on Palestinian-owned land.

Medics: Israeli war jets carry out 19 airstrikes on Gaza; 3 wounded

Israeli war jets carried out around 19 airstrikes on posts and positions belong to the Hamas movement and other minor militant groups in the Gaza Strip, medical and security sources said Monday.Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman, told reporters that at least three civilians were lightly to moderately injured in the airstrikes, which began in the morning.

South Sudan soldiers charged with rape, murder to face execution

South Sudanese soldiers guilty of rape or murder amid the country's civil war will be executed by firing squad, the country's president, Salva Kiir, announced Monday.

Syria ceasefire enforcers Russia, Turkey map out terrorist-held areas

Russia, Turkey and Iran - the enforcers of a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria - have mapped out the areas they believe are controlled by the moderate opposition forces included in the truce and the terrorist groups that aren't, a Russian general said Monday.

Turkey demands more access to German military imagery on Syria

Turkey stepped up demands Monday for access to high-resolution imagery from Syria taken by German army aerial reconnaissance, as Ankara seeks more information on a Kurdish militia.

Syrian regime forces besiege Islamic State-held city

Syrian government forces backed by their allies managed to impose a "complete siege" on an Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Monday.

UN: Child casualties rise dramatically in Afghanistan

At 3,512 in 2016, child casualties were the highest recorded in a single year, the United Nations said in its annual report on civilian casualties in the Afghan war released on Monday. 

NATO starts training in Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

The military alliance NATO on Sunday began a training programme in Iraq as the country is engaged in a relentless fight against the Islamic State extremist militia.

Turkish police detain 400 suspected IS members in nationwide raids

Turkish police have arrested 400 suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist organization in several provinces, news agencies reported on Sunday.

Pakistanis mark Kashmir Day with protests, one minute of silence

One minute of silence was observed across Pakistan to mark the annual remembrance of Kashmir Day on Sunday in a show solidarity with people of the disputed territory.

Lavrov rejects step-by-step removal of sanctions against Russia

Russia will not engage in a reciprocal process with the West to remove Ukraine-related sanctions step by step, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear in an interview that was published online on Sunday.

Monitor: IS regains key Syrian town from Turkey-backed rebels

Islamic State militants have recaptured a key town from Turkish–backed Syrian rebels in the northern part of the war-torn country hours after the opposition fighters seized it, a monitoring group reported Sunday.

Thirteen al-Qaeda insurgents killed in volatile Yemeni town

At least 13 al-Qaeda insurgents were killed by tribal fighters after the militants tried to recapture a town in southern Yemen Saturday just hours after they retreated from it, sources said.

US military releases, then withdraws, old video of new raid in Yemen

The US military released a video meant to be from an operation in Yemen last month, but quickly withdrew it later Friday after realizing it was old footage already circulating on the internet.

UN lifts sanctions against former Afghan warlord

Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been removed from a United Nations Islamic State and Al-Qaeda sanctions list, according to a statement published Friday.