UN Yemen envoy pushes Security Council for robust truce monitoring

UN Yemen envoy pushes Security Council for robust truce monitoring

JEDDAH: A robust monitoring regime is urgently needed in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah to oversee compliance by the warring parties with an agreed cease-fire in the region, United Nations Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Friday.The Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Arab Coalition-backed Yemen government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi agreed […]

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Turkey will enter Syria’s Manbij if US doesn’t remove YPG fighters: Erdogan

Turkey will enter Syria’s Manbij if US doesn’t remove YPG fighters: Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG Kurdish fighters, and it will also target Kurdish-controlled areas further east, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.Erdogan said this week that Turkey would launch a new operation within days against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which […]

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Israel locks down Ramallah after two soldiers shot dead

Israel locks down Ramallah after two soldiers shot dead

AMMAN: Israel was accused on Thursday of humiliating Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by placing Ramallah on virtual lockdown amid a 24-hour outbreak of violence in which five people died. The bloodshed began when Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians suspected of earlier attacks. Salah Barghouti, 29, was accused of shooting seven Israelis on Sunday at a […]

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Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

ANKARA, TURKEY: A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass Thursday at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing nine people and injuring dozens, officials said.The 6:30 a.m. train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was checking the tracks […]

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Daesh destruction of rural Iraq hinders residents’ return: Amnesty

Daesh destruction of rural Iraq hinders residents’ return: Amnesty

BAGHDAD: The Daesh group’s deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered the return of hundreds of thousands of residents, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.The New York-based rights group said Daesh fighters burnt or chopped down orchards and sabotaged wells by filling them with rubble, oil or other materials. The militants […]

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Hundreds of bodies found in mass graves near Syria ex-Daesh bastion

Hundreds of bodies found in mass graves near Syria ex-Daesh bastion

article author:  AFP Author:  AFP ID:  1544639031070542900 Wed, 2018-12-12 12:59 DAMASCUS: Seven mass graves containing hundreds of unidentified bodies have been unearthed near the former Daesh group stronghold of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria, official news agency SANA said.Most of the more than 100 bodies recovered so far at the site appear to “have been […]

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Secretary General of OPEC, Mohammed Barkindo (R), Russia Energy Minister Alexander Novak (L), Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih (C) hold a joint press conference during the 173rd Ordinary Meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria on November 30, 2017.

Shale growth may force OPEC into another production cut in April, Citi says

Oil prices have plunged nearly 30 percent since reaching year highs of more than $86 per barrel in early October over concerns of global oversupply and weakening demand. The U.S.-China trade war, political turmoil across European markets and fears of impending slowdown in global economic growth have also seriously clouded the demand outlook. And the […]

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Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border

Washington says observation posts in place on Syria-Turkey border

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon announced Tuesday that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported Kurdish militia, have been erected, despite Ankara’s request to scrap the move.US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has strained relations with Turkey, which fears the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish […]

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Normalcy restored in Egyptian Sinai city, but danger lurks

Normalcy restored in Egyptian Sinai city, but danger lurks

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Mohammed Amer Shaaban stood over trays of fresh fish at his tiny store in the coastal Sinai Peninsula city of El-Arish, pointing to his right and left while recalling the tough days when Daesh militants operated with impunity.“They killed a Christian who owns a knife shop there and an informant over there. They also […]

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