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Iraq: Shia groups rally in show of power

Iraq: Shia groups rally in show of power

Thousands of Shia Muslims are taking part in rallies across Iraq vowing to protect their religious sites in a show of power that had been called for by influential Shia…

UN Secretary-General seeks arms embargo on Syria

UN Secretary-General seeks arms embargo on Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria, describing foreign powers and groups as “irresponsible” for giving military support to the warring…

US sending 300 military advisers to Iraq

US sending 300 military advisers to Iraq

US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq but stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis as government…

Iraq claims gains against ISIL rebels

Iraq claims gains against ISIL rebels

Iraqi security forces have battled rebels targeting the country’s main oil refinery and have claimed to regain partial control of a city near the Syrian border, trying to blunt a…

US sends more ships to Gulf

US sends more ships to Gulf

The US secretary of state has said his country is considering drone strikes in Iraq and is open to cooperation with Iran, as more US ships sailed towards the Gulf…

Fatah and Hamas unveiled national consensus government

Fatah and Hamas unveiled national consensus government

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - Fatah and Hamas have unveiled a government of national consensus that will pave the way for elections for a new Palestinian president and parliament. The government…

Heavy fighting in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi

Heavy fighting in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi

Heavy fighting is ongoing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, apparently between the armed group Ansar al-Shariah and irregular forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a former army general. Witnesses…

Taliban leaders arrived in Qatar

Five Taliban leaders have arrived in Qatar after being freed from Guantanamo Bay in a swap deal for a US soldier held in Afghanistan for nearly five years. The prisoners were…

US soldier freed swap deal with the Taliban

US soldier freed swap deal with the Taliban

The only US soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed as part of a swap deal with the Taliban, brokered by the government of Qatar. Bowe Bergdahl’s release was part…

Saudi Arabia testing Cadbury

Saudi Arabian authorities have said they are testing Cadbury chocolate bars for traces of pork DNA after two of its products in Malaysia were found to contain it. The Saudi…