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In this handout picture released by Cuban newspaper Granma, former president Fidel Castro is seen during a meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, in Havana on Thursday. — AFP photo

Japanese PM in Cuba to ‘open new page’

Prime minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba on Thursday for the first visit to the country by a Japanese premier, saying he wants to ‘open a new page’ in relations…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · Back Page, International, Middle East

Bombardment in Syria city kills 70

Heavy bombardment of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo has killed more than 70 people and has destroyed at least 40 buildings since Friday morning, Ammar al Selmo, the head of civil defence there said…

September 24, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Air strikes hit three civil defence centres in rebel-held Aleppo

Air strikes hit three civil defence centres in rebel-held Aleppo

Air strikes hit three of four civil defence centres in rebel-held Aleppo on Friday, halting the rescue service’s work, the head of civil defence in the east of the Syrian city said…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Air strike in Yemen kills 26

Air strike in Yemen kills 26

The death toll from an Arab coalition air strike which hit a house in a residential area in western Yemen has risen to 26 people, medics and residents said on Thursday…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Syria war will drag on as part of global conflict: Assad

Syria war will drag on as part of global conflict: Assad

President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with AP News broadcast on Thursday that Syria’s war will ‘drag on’ as long as it is part of a global conflict funded and interfered in by other countries…

September 23, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Iran blames world powers for spread of terrorism

Iran blames world powers for spread of terrorism

Iran’s president is blaming world powers for the spread of terrorism over the past 15 years, saying their ‘repression and military intervention’ has led to a more insecure world…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
UN resumes Syria aid delivery after attack

UN resumes Syria aid delivery after attack

A ‘clearly marked’ UN convoy was due to deliver aid on Thursday to besieged areas near the Syrian capital after a 48-hour suspension to review security guarantees following an attack on relief trucks near Aleppo, a UN spokesman said…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo killed 45

Bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo killed 45

Overnight bombardment of rebel-held eastern districts of Aleppo city killed 45 people, director of al-Quds hospital doctor Hamza al-Khatib…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
US probes ‘chemical attack’ in Iraq

US probes ‘chemical attack’ in Iraq

Islamic State militants may have fired a chemical rocket at American troops based in Iraq, the US military says…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Raids shake Aleppo as UN holds crisis talks

Intense air raids shook Syria’s Aleppo and killed a team of medics as the UN Security Council held crisis talks Wednesday on reviving a failed ceasefire…

September 22, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Air raid kills several medical workers near Aleppo

Air raid kills several medical workers near Aleppo

An air raid carried out overnight by Syrian or Russian warplane skilled four medical workers and at least nine rebel fighters near Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
A damaged truck carrying aid is seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike. — AFP photo

UN suspends all aid convoys in Syria

The United Nations suspended all aid shipments into Syria on Tuesday after a deadly attack on a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, as a week-old US-Russian sponsored ceasefire collapsed in renewed violence…

September 21, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Air strikes hit aid trucks near Aleppo, kill 12

Air strikes hit aid trucks near Aleppo, kill 12

Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo late on Monday after a week-long ceasefire ended, killing 12 people, including Red Crescent workers, the…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
UN suspends all aid convoys to Syria

UN suspends all aid convoys to Syria

The UN humanitarian aid agency suspended all convoys in Syria on Tuesday following deadly airstrikes on aid trucks the previous night that activists said killed at least 12 people…

September 20, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Syrian military says ceasefire period is over

Syrian military says ceasefire period is over

Syria’s military on Monday declared the seven-day initial period for a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia over, without indicating whether the truce would reinstated…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

‘IS soldier’ behind Minnesota mall stabbings

An Islamic State group ‘soldier’ carried out the wave of stabbings at a mall in the US state of Minnesota that wounded eight people, a jihadist-linked news agency said Sunday…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Syria truce teeters on brink after US-led raid kills troops

Syria truce teeters on brink after US-led raid kills troops

Syria’s ceasefire was hanging by a thread on Sunday, after tensions escalated between Moscow and Washington over a US-led coalition air strike that killed dozens of Syrian soldiers battling jihadists…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

First families return to homes in Fallujah

The Iraqi police and army had decked out the checkpoints with plastic flowers to welcome the first returning Fallujah residents following the city’s recapture from jihadists in June…

September 19, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
US-led forces strike Syrian troops, prompting emergency UN meeting

US-led forces strike Syrian troops, prompting emergency UN meeting

US-led coalition air strikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers on Saturday, endangering a US-Russian brokered ceasefire and prompting an emergency…

September 18, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Fragile Syria truce tested by violence, US-Russia tensions

Air strikes and clashes tested a fragile ceasefire in Syria into Saturday as civilians waited for aid and tensions mounted between the deal’s brokers Russia and the United States…

September 18, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

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