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  • 200 families trapped by IS in Syria: UN rights chief

    Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping many from fleeing, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said yesterday, calling for the families' safe passage.

  • 200 families trapped by IS in Syria, UN says

    Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping many from fleeing, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says, calling for the families' safe passage.

  • IS defends dying 'caliphate'

    Jihadists defending their last dreg of territory in Syria have no choice but to surrender, a Kurdish-led force said yesterday, ahead of a victory declaration expected within days.

  • US won't protect you

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday warned the United States would not protect those depending on it, in reference to Kurdish fighters who control much of the north.

  • Saudi defends using 'female tracking' app

    Saudi Arabia on Saturday defended a mobile app that allows men in the kingdom to track female relatives after rights groups and a US lawmaker criticised tech giants for offering it.

  • Iran summons Pakistan's envoy

    Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to protest about a suicide bombing that killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards near the border earlier this week, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported yesterday.

  • Saudi Arabia road accident

    Bangladeshi killed in Saudi road crash

    A Bangladesh national dies in a road accident in Riyadh of Saudi Arabia.

  • 15 Egypt soldiers dead or wounded in attack

    Egypt's army yesterday said seven suspected jihadists were "eliminated" and 15 soldiers killed or wounded in an attack in the Sinai

  • Pakistan to 'pay high price': Iran

    Iran yesterday warned neighbouring Pakistan it would "pay a heavy price" for allegedly harbouring militants who killed 27 of its elite

  • IS's defeat in 'few days'

    Kurdish-led forces yesterday said they were holding up the announcement of final victory over the Islamic State group for "a few days"

  • IS cornered in a hole

    Islamic State group jihadists using tunnels and suicide bombers were mounting a desperate defence yesterday of their last square kilometre in eastern Syria.

  • Iran vows revenge on 'mercenaries'

    President Hassan Rouhani yesterday vowed revenge against the "mercenary group" behind a suicide bombing which killed 27 people in southeastern Iran and accused the US and Israel of supporting "terrorism".

  • IRANIAN ASSET FREEZE IN US: UN court rules in Tehran's favour

    An international court Wednesday ruled Iran can proceed with a bid to unfreeze assets in the United States, rejecting Washington's claims the case must be halted because of Tehran's alleged support for international terrorism.

  • No unilateral US troops pullout

    Washington will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan, the Pentagon chief said yesterday, as Nato said the Kabul government must be urgently brought into US peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the country's 17-year war.

  • Saudi crown prince to visit Jakarta on Feb 18

    Indonesia will host Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a state visit next week, Jakarta said yesterday, part of an Asian

  • Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit

    Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Baghdad yesterday on an unannounced visit for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued troop presence following withdrawal from neighbouring Syria.

  • US-led forces close in on IS in Syria

    Syrian fighters backed up by artillery fire from a US-led coalition pressed their assault yesterday to retake a last morsel of territory from

  • Yemen food aid at risk of rotting: UN

    Food aid in a warehouse on the frontlines of the Yemen war is at risk of rotting, the UN said yesterday. The Red Sea Mills silos, located in


    1929: The Lateran Treaty was signed establishing an independent Vatican state in Rome.

  • Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: FM

    Saudi authorities do not know where dissident Jamal Khashoggi's body is despite having in custody the Saudi team that murdered him,

  • Europe can't be trusted

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday said that Europe "cannot be trusted", a week after the EU launched a trade mechanism to bypass US sanctions on Tehran.

  • Iran tells US to get out of Syria

    Senior Iranian figures said yesterday that Syria was a top foreign policy priority and American troops should withdraw, as planned by US President Donald Trump. "Whether they want to or not, the Americans must leave Syria," Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was reported as saying.

  • US Senate rebukes Trump

    The Republican-led US Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing

  • Violence in God's name cannot be justified: Pope

    Pope Francis yesterday rejected "hatred and violence" in the name of God, on the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the Muslim-majority Arabian Peninsula.

  • Bids to disarm Iran will backfire

    The deputy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has warned Europe against forcing the Islamic Republic into boosting the range of its missiles by trying to halt their development.

  • Egypt unveils Pharaonic tomb

    Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a Pharaonic tomb containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era, in Minya, south of Cairo,

  • 32 wounded in Gaza clashes

    Thirty-two Palestinians were shot and wounded by Israeli troops in renewed clashes along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in

  • Trade mechanism launched to by-pass US sanctions

    France, Germany and Britain have set up a mechanism for non-dollar trade with Iran to avert US sanctions, although diplomats acknowledge it is unlikely to free up the big transactions that Tehran says it needs to keep a nuclear deal afloat.

  • Cold kills 29 children fleeing Syria fighting

    The cold has killed close to 30 children in two months among the civilians who have been fleeing the last jihadist pocket in eastern Syria, the United Nations said yesterday.

  • S Arabia's anti-graft drive ends; $106b recovered

    Saudi Arabia has ended a sweeping crackdown on corruption ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that it said had recovered more than $106 billion through settlements with scores of senior princes, ministers and top businessmen.