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Saudi prince gets lashes in court-ordered punishment

RIYADH: A Saudi prince was flogged following a court ruling that also included a prison sentence for breaking the law. The lashing was carried out on Monday afternoon inside a prison in Jeddah. A committee tasked with the application of court sentences made sure the …

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Mosul battle: Iraqi forces near city’s eastern outskirts

BBC/UNS- Iraqi special forces are now less than 1.5km from the eastern outskirts of Mosul and are preparing to enter the city held by Islamic State fighters. Hundreds of Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) troops entered Bazwaya, the last village before the city limits, after launching a …

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Rebel rockets kill 38 civilians in Aleppo: monitor

ALEPPO, Syria – Syria’s regime and rebels were locked in fierce clashes Sunday on the western edges of Aleppo, where 38 civilians have been killed in two days of opposition rocket fire, a monitor said. Among those killed over the two-day period were 14 children, …

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Iran’s Rouhani warns of ‘terror’ spreading to North Africa

TEHRAN -UNS : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned against the threat of “terrorist governments” being established in North Africa as violence spreads from Syria and Iraq, as he met Saturday with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. “The terrorist actions in Syria and Iraq are a …

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Yemen rebel missile shot down near Makkah

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA -UNS : Yemeni rebels have launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was shot down near Makkah, the Saudi-led coalition fighting them said on Friday. The coalition has been carrying out a bombing campaign against …

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Air strikes killed 22 children on Syrian school: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: Air strikes that hit a school in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Wednesday. “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime,” said UNICEF director …

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Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War III: Trump

DORAL, FLA. -UNS : U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia. In an interview focused largely on foreign …

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Air strikes, fighting break Russian-declared ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT: Fierce fighting and air strikes broke the third day of a four-day unilateral Russian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitor said. The first Syrian or Russian air strikes on Aleppo since Russia began the pause in hostilities on …

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Pakistan to supply 10 trainer aircraft to Nigeria

ISLAMABAD -UNS : Pakistan on Friday signed an agreement for sale of ten Super Mushshak Aircraft to Nigerian Air Force, Pakistan Air Forces (PAF) announced here. “The contract signing ceremony was held at Abuja (Nigeria), where Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Air Marshal …

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Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen’s Houthi militia via Oman

WASHINGTON: Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials told Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war. The increased pace of transfers in recent months, which …

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