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Syria aid stuck at border as diplomatic tensions grow

UN aid trucks carrying food for besieged civilians in Aleppo remained stuck at the Syrian border Friday, as diplomatic tensions mounted between Washington and Moscow over a fragile ceasefire deal…

September 17, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
US forces enter Syrian town

US forces enter Syrian town

A small number of US forces entered the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Friday as part of operations to coordinate air strikes against Islamic State, a senior rebel source said…

September 16, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Turkey detains four for suspected plot against British, German embassies

Turkey detains four for suspected plot against British, German embassies

Turkish authorities detained four people in an investigation into a potential threat against British and German diplomatic missions but found no links to any terrorist groups, a Turkish official said on Friday…

September 16, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Men inspect a damaged site after double airstrikes on the rebel held Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, August 27, 2016. – Reuters file photo

Syria truce largely holds as aid preparations begin

A new ceasefire in Syria brought a full day with no combat deaths in the war between president Bashar al-Assad and his opponents…

September 14, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Syrian Observatory says more than 301,000 killed in Syria

Syrian Observatory says more than 301,000 killed in Syria

War monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday the number of deaths it had documented in Syria since the start of the conflict…

September 13, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Syria truce holds at start of second day

A nationwide ceasefire was holding across Syria at the start of its second day on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said…

September 13, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Haj pilgrims perform stoning devil rites

Haj pilgrims perform stoning devil rites

Nearly two million Muslim pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil on Monday, the riskiest part of the annual haj pilgrimage, a year after the ritual’s worst disaster in decades…

September 12, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Muslim pilgrims join one of the Hajj rituals on Mount Arafat near Makkah early on Sunday. Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world join the Hajj this year. — AFP photo

Hajj at high point a year after deadly stampede

The hajj reached its high point Sunday when Muslims from across the world converged on a stoney hill in Saudi Arabia, a year after the worst tragedy in the pilgrimage…

September 12, 2016 · 0 comments · Front Page, International, Middle East

Dozens dead in Syria raids

Air strikes have killed dozens in rebel-held parts of Syria as the opposition considers whether to join a US-Russia truce deal due to take effect on Monday…

September 12, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 11, 2016. — Reuters photo

Hajj at high point a year after deadly stampede

The annual hajj reached its high point on Sunday when Muslims from across the world converged on a stoney hill in Saudi Arabia, a year after the worst tragedy in the pilgrimage’s history…

September 11, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East
Bomb attack on Syrian city of Idlib left scores wounded.--AFP photo

Bombs rain down in Syria as truce hopes rise

Air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria reportedly killed at least 100 people hours after the US and Russia announced plans for a truce. An air strike on a market in Idlib killed up to 60 people while at least 45 died in strikes on Aleppo province, opposition activists say…

September 11, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Around 1.5m Muslims at launch of hajj

From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5 million Muslims launched the annual hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites Saturday, undeterred by a stampede last year that cost around 2,300 lives…

September 11, 2016 · 0 comments · Back Page, International, Middle East

Saudi grand mufti to skip annual hajj sermon

For the first time in 35 years Saudi Arabia’s top cleric will not give a traditional hajj sermon to pilgrims from around the world, a newspaper reported on Saturday…

September 11, 2016 · 0 comments · Back Page, International, Middle East
Jets hit Syrian city of Idlib, kill at least 25

Jets hit Syrian city of Idlib, kill at least 25

Jets struck a busy market place in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib on Saturday, killing at least twenty five people, including children and women, and injuring dozens, rescue workers and residents said…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

IS suicide bombings at Baghdad mall kill 12

Twelve people were killed late on Friday in two suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Iranians protest exclusion from hajj

With Iranians barred from the annual hajj pilgrimage, thousands protested in Tehran on Friday and officials criticised Saudi Arabia’s refusal to discuss last year’s deadly stampede…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · Back Page, International, Middle East
Syrian pro-regime fighters walk in a bombed-out street in Ramussa on Friday after they took control of the strategically important district on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The government advance in Ramussa has completely closed access routes into Aleppo’s rebel-controlled east, under renewed siege by forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad. — AFP photo

Air strike kills top jihadist rebel commander in Syria

An air strike near Syria’s battleground second city Aleppo has killed the commander of the largest rebel alliance in the biggest blow since its formation early last year, a monitor said Friday…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Saudi-led raid kills 8 Yemeni civilians

At least eight civilians were killed when a house north of Yemen’s capital was hit in a Saudi-led coalition air strike Thursday, rebel-controlled media in the war-torn country reported…

September 10, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Top commander of former Nusra group killed in Syria

The top military commander of the militant group Jabhat Fateh al Sham, the former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid…

September 9, 2016 · 0 comments · International, Middle East

Muslims crowd Makkah ahead of hajj

Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world had descended Thursday on Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, undeterred by last year’s stampede disaster but with Iranians absent…

September 9, 2016 · 0 comments · Front Page, International, Middle East

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