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Rebels targeted after Aden 'coup'

A Saudi-led coalition launched Sunday a strike against southern separatists in Yemen after they seized the presidential palace in second city Aden in deadly fighting that threatened to deepen the country's humanitarian crisis.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/11 19:58:40

More than 2 million Muslims in Makkah for hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj Friday under sweltering conditions, as the Saudi hosts sought to deter politicization of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/11 17:58:40

Southern forces seize Yemen's presidential palace in Aden

Forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) managed on Saturday to seize Yemen's presidential palace following four days of intense fighting in the southern port city of Aden, a security official told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/11 8:36:26

Car bomb explosion kills two UN officials in eastern Libya

A car bomb explosion on Saturday killed two United Nations officials in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, according to a local source.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/11 7:30:15

Saudi Arabia announces total pilgrims reach 2,489,406

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that the total number of pilgrims reached 2,489,406, increased 117,731 individuals than last year.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/11 7:27:02

Pompeo hails US-Turkey talks over Syria issues

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday commended recent talks between Washington and Ankara over the security of northeastern Syria, saying "important progress" has been made.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/10 10:30:04

Iran condemns US Gulf security plan as "source of insecurity"

Iranian officials have condemned a US plan to set up a coalition to secure maritime transport in the Gulf.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/10 9:16:47

Egyptian police identify terrorist in deadly car bomb attack in Cairo

The Egyptian police identified on Thursday the terrorist who killed 20 people using a booby-trapped car in the Egyptian capital Cairo earlier this week.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/9 11:13:20

Turkey, US deal on Syrian safe zone "good start": Turkish FM

An agreement between Turkey and the United States on establishing a safe zone in northeastern Syria is a "very good start," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/9 10:06:51

Damascus rejects Turkey-US buffer zone plan: state media

Damascus said Thursday it rejects a US-Turkish plan to establish a buffer zone in northern Syria, blaming Syria's Kurds for the proposal, state media said.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/8 21:43:43

Iran slams Bahrain's 'provocative' conference

Iran on Thursday hit out at Bahrain for hosting a “provocative” conference on Gulf maritime security and for its “anti-Iran” rhetoric accusing Tehran of attacking tankers in sensitive waters.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/8 21:43:43

UN says overhaul of land use vital for climate security

Humanity faces increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures within decades unless it curbs emissions and stops unsustainable farming and deforestation, a landmark climate assessment said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/8 21:28:40

3 civilians killed, 5 injured as irresponsible armed groups clash in N. Afghanistan

At least three civilians were killed and five others wounded following fighting erupted between two irresponsible armed groups in northern Takhar province on Wednesday, provincial police spokesman Abdul Khalil Asir said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/8 15:37:15

UN says no official statistics on detainees, abductees, missing persons in Syria

Top United Nations political official told the Security Council on Wednesday that UN has no official statistics on the detainees, abductees and missing persons in Syria.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/8 9:23:29

Erdogan defends use of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters in Aleppo battle

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters cross into a building through a hole in Tadef, near the city of al-Bab, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province on Tuesday. Turkey will pay a higher price later if it does not do what is necessary in northern Syria today, President Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday after vowing at the weekend to carry out a military operation in the area.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/7 21:33:40

Hajj begins amid Gulf tension

More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/7 18:23:42

Explosion rocks western Kabul: witness

Casualties were feared after an explosion ripped through a busy neighborhood at the western side of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Wednesday, a witness said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/7 13:03:13

Tehran favors talks with Washington: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran favors talks with the US if it lifts sanctions against the Islamic republic, despite his top diplomat turning down a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/6 21:18:40