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Iran rules out access to military sites by international inspectors

No access to Iranian military sites by international inspectors will be allowed despite the US attempt to do so, a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/7 8:29:21

US accepts fact Syria's Assad winning and staying: ex-ambassador

The former US ambassador to Syria said Wednesday the US has accepted the fact that Assad is winning and staying, the pan-Arab Mayadeen TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/7 7:53:14

Syria used chemical weapons: UN probers

Syrian forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during the country's civil war, including in April's deadly attack on Khan Sheikhoun, UN war crimes investigators said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2017/9/6 22:28:39

Death toll of Egyptian pilgrims in Mecca rises to 57

Three more Egyptian pilgrims died during Hajj in Saudi Arabia's Mecca on Tuesday, raising the total death toll among Egyptian pilgrims to 57, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:51:48

Syrian army breaks 3-year IS siege to Deir al-Zour

Following days of intense battles on the outskirts of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, the Syrian forces and allied fighters broke Tuesday the three-year siege of the Islamic State (IS) to government-held parts in the city.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:40:28

More than 5,000 killed in Yemen conflict: UN report

More than 5,000 civilians have died in the Yemeni conflict since March 2015 and the extremist group al-Qaida has become "operational" expanding into the southwestern city of Taizz, a UN Human Rights Council report said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:39:10

Israeli army begins massive drill simulating conflict with Lebanon's Hezbollah

Israel's army began on Tuesday in the country's north what could be the largest military drill in nearly two decades simulating a conflict with the Lebanese Shiite movement of Hezbollah, military sources said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:37:47

US not withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal if Trump decides Iran violates deal: US envoy

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that if US President Donald Trump tells Congress that Iran violates a 2015 nuclear deal, it doesn't mean the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:36:03

IS carries out bombings to prevent military progress in Deir al-Zour city: monitor

The Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers are blowing themselves up as part of a counter offensive to close the breach the Syrian army has made into the years-long siege on Deir al-Zour city in eastern Syria, a monitor group reported on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:28:46

1,200 flee IS-held areas to gov't-controlled city in western Iraq

Up to 1,200 people on Tuesday fled Iraqi areas captured by Islamic State (IS) militants near the border with Syria to a city under control of the Iraqi government after covering dozens of kilometers in the desert of Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source told Xinhua.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 7:27:52

Iran urges Saudi Arabia's cooperation on regional issues

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the hope that Saudi Arabia would cooperate on regional issues, Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/6 1:52:14

US-led airstrikes kill 14 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

At least 14 civilians were killed over the past 24 hours by US-led airstrikes on Syria's northern city of Raqqa, the key stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) group, according to state news agency SANA.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/5 7:46:31

Egypt condemns DPRK nuclear test

Egypt condemns the latest nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/5 3:24:48

Swinging away

A Syrian boy plays on a swing in ruins in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, as local Muslims celebrated the third day of the Eid al-Adha holiday on Sunday. Photo: AFP
Source: AFP | 2017/9/4 23:53:39

Ceremonious walk

An aerial view shows Muslim pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on Saturday, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/3 23:53:39

Saudi declares success and openness of this Hajj season

Saudi Arabia declared this Hajj season a success and confirmed that this Hajj season is opened for all Muslims including Iranians, Al Arabiya local news reported on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/3 21:10:33

150 killed as IS group fighting for last bastion with Syrian troops

Fierce clashes between the Islamic State (IS) group and pro-regime forces in central Syria have left over 150 fighters dead, local media cited a monitor source as saying on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/3 21:08:39

3 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike in NW Yemen

Two women and a child were killed and six others wounded when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a family's home in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah early on Sunday, a local security official said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/9/3 18:07:15