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Iran criticizes Pakistan over militant groups' use of its soil

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Thursday criticized the Pakistani government for its "failure" to protect its borders against militant groups who recently killed Iranian border guards in a cross-border attack, Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/28 10:52:02

Rising tensions

An Israeli border guard holds his position by Israel’s controversial separation barrier as clashes erupt with Palestinian protesters following a demonstration in support of Palestinians in Israeli jails after hundreds of detainees launched a hunger strike on April 17, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/27 22:43:41

Jordan approves resolution to stop rapists escaping jail if they marry victim

A draft resolution has been approved by the Jordanian government which will stop rapists from avoiding prison if they marry the victim.
Source: Sputniknews | 2017/4/27 15:11:03

Big blast rocks Damascus' int'l airport

A big explosion rattled the surrounding area of the international airport of the capital Damascus early Thursday morning, eyewitnesses told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/27 14:52:18

Palestinian vehicle set on fire in village near West Bank

Israeli security guards inspect the remains of a Palestinian vehicle that was set on fire in Huwara village, south of the West Bank City of Nablus, on April 26, 2017.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/27 9:50:03

Israel, Washington discuss potential Trump visit: Israeli official

Israel and the United States held preliminary talks about a possible visit by President Donald Trump to Jerusalem, an Israeli official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/27 7:45:32

9 Iranian border guards killed in armed clash

Death toll of Iranian security forces has reached nine in the clashes with the armed groups in the southeastern border region of Iran on Wednesday, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/27 7:41:47

52 slain Shiite Syrians laid to rest in capital Damascus

A total of 52 slain Syrians were laid to rest in a cemetery in the capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after a deadly explosion targeted their busses while evacuating their towns in northwestern Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/27 7:39:44

Six towns west of Damascus free of rebels under evacuation deal

Syrian children drink water in the mountainous town of Madaya, in the western countryside of Damascus, capital of Syria, on April 25, 2017. The towns of Madaya, Zabadani and nearby Buqain, Serghaya, Bludan, and Eastern Mountain, in the western countryside of Damascus, are now free of any rebel presence, with last busses evacuating rebels and their families left the towns on April 19.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/26 15:53:22

Israeli PM cancels meeting with German FM

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday canceled a meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over the visiting official's plan to meet with rights groups critical of Israeli government, local media reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/26 7:29:37

Gulf Arab carriers claim Brexit has "no impact" on passenger demand

Dubai's Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways said in Dubai on Tuesday that the uncertainty brought by Brexit has not affected their airlines.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/26 7:24:10

US deeply concerned about Turkey's airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

The United States said Tuesday it is "deeply concerned" that Turkey conducted airstrikes in Syria and Iraq without "proper coordination" with Washington or the coalition forces.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/26 7:22:58

70 PKK, YPG militants killed in Turkish airstrike in Syria, Iraq

Around 70 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG) have been killed in Iraq and Syria by Turkish airstrike, military sources said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/26 7:21:21

50 killed in Turkish shelling on Kurdish positions on Syria-Iraqi borders

At least 50 Kurdish people were killed on Tuesday by Turkish shelling and airstrikes on Kurdish positions on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi borders, a monitor group reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/26 7:20:37

US imposes sanctions on Syrian researchers in response to alleged chemical attack

The US on Monday slapped sanctions on 271 employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) in response to Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/25 7:36:26

UN voices deep concern over safety of 400,000 people in Syria's Raqqa

The UN is deeply concerned about the safety and protection of over 400,000 people in Syria's Raqqa, a UN spokesman said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/25 7:34:25

Civilians continue to flee conflict-wracked west Mosul of Iraq: UN

A UN spokesperson said Monday that civilians continue to flee conflict-wracked west Mosul of Iraq.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/25 7:34:10

UAE citizen sentenced to 10 years in prison for joining IS

The federal supreme court in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sentenced on Monday a UAE citizen to 10 years in prison for joining the Islamic State terrorist organization, state news agency WAM reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/4/25 7:33:53