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  • Afghans tired of war

    Hundreds of Afghan peace marchers arrived exhausted in the capital, Kabul, yesterday after spending the fasting month of Ramadan crossing the sun-baked, war-torn country, much of it under Taliban control.

  • UN truce efforts fizzle

    UN ceasefire efforts in Yemen appeared to have fizzled yesterday, raising fears for civilians as Saudi-backed pro-government forces press an offensive to retake the key rebel-held port city of Hodeida.

  • Libya militia attacks oil facility in east

    A militia opposed to Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar yesterday attacked eastern oil sites under his control, setting fire to at least

  • Battle for key Yemen port leaves 39 people dead

    Yemeni pro-government forces were locked in heavy fighting with rebels that left 39 people dead yesterday, as they pressed a Saudi and UAE-backed offensive to retake the key aid hub of Hodeida.

  • 120 countries at UN condemn Israel

    The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence.

  • Palestinians protest

    UN condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

    The UN General Assembly condemns Israel for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an "international protection mechanism" for occupied Palestinian territory.

  • Afghans will have bright future if US 'invaders' leave: Taliban

    The Taliban told "American invaders" to leave Afghanistan in an announcement marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan,

  • Sadr, pro-Iran Shias set to lead talks

    Iraqi nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri were set yesterday to lead talks to form a

  • Biggest assault of war launched

    A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched the largest assault of Yemen's war yesterday with an attack on the main port city, aiming

  • Saudi Arabia intercepts another Yemen missile

    Saudi air defences yesterday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan after being fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. No casualties were reported.

  • 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018: UN

    More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the United Nations said yesterday.

  • Europe's time to save deal 'almost over'

    Iran's powerful parliament speaker Ali Larijani yesterday said that the time for Europe to show it can save the nuclear deal was coming

  • Taliban agree Eid truce

    The Taliban announced its first ceasefire in Afghanistan since the 2001 US invasion yesterday, with a three-day halt in hostilities

  • US to step up anti-IS fight in Afghanistan

    A one-week ceasefire with the Taliban announced by the Afghan government will allow the fight against the Islamic State group to be stepped up, the top US general in the country said yesterday.

  • 44 civilians killed in Syria's Idlib

    Air strikes thought to have been carried out by Russian jets on a rebel-held residential area in northwestern Syria have killed 44 civilians, a Britain-based monitor said yesterday.

  • Iran deal signatories meet in Tehran

    Experts from the countries still in the Iran nuclear deal held a scheduled meeting in Tehran yesterday, with the accord hanging in the balance after the United States withdrew.

  • 16 killed as arms depot blows up in Baghdad

    At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured after an arms depot exploded in the Sadr City district of the Iraqi capital late

  • Close to the 'red line'

    Iran will not cooperate more fully with atomic inspectors until a standoff over its nuclear deal is resolved, its UN envoy said, as one

  • Blast kills two at Afghan voter registration centre

    A bomb blast at a voter registration centre in northern Afghanistan killed at least two people and wounded two others, officials said

  • Palestinian throws rock, receives bullet in return

    A Palestinian who threw a rock at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank yesterday was shot dead by a soldier, the Israeli army said in a

  • 'I will resign' if enough women are offended

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has defended his kiss on the lips of a married Filipino woman in South Korea, and said he will

  • Ghani backs suicide bomb fatwa

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani yesterday condemned Monday's suicide bomb attack outside a peace tent gathering of Muslim clerics in

  • Kurds to pull out of strategic Syria town

    The leading Syrian Kurdish militia yesterday said it would withdraw from Manbij, easing fears of a direct clash between Nato allies Washington and Ankara over the strategic northern town.

  • Nuclear power

    Iran to start building advanced centrifuges

    Iran begins work on infrastructure to build advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility but will adhere to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi says today.

  • Palestinian shot dead trying to breach border

    A Palestinian armed with an axe was shot dead trying to breach the Gaza-Israel border yesterday, the Israeli army said. An army

  • Saudi issues driving licences to women

    Saudi Arabia yesterday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported. "The general directorate of traffic today

  • Dirty Duterte!

    A kiss by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on a Filipino woman's lips while on an official visit in South Korea sparked anger and jokes

  • Seven people killed in Kabul suicide blast

    At least seven people were killed in a suicide bombing yesterday near a gathering of top clerics in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, roughly

  • Jordan PM quits after austerity protests

    Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned yesterday after he was summoned by King Abdullah II over growing protests against his

  • Assad to meet Kim in North Korea

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang's state media reported yesterday,