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Syria could work with West against ‘terror’

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said that his country is ready to work with the international community to battle against “terrorists” within the framework of a recent UN resolution. In a news conference in Damascus on Monday, he also warned that Syria must be involved in co-ordinating any air[…]

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Islamic State captures key Syrian air base

Fighters from the Islamic State group have taken over an airbase in northeast Syria, capturing it from government forces after fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group and state media have said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a London-based rights group, said at least 346[…]

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Iran says it shot down Israeli drone

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard says it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country. The Guards issued a statement saying the drone was trying to penetrate the site, state news agency ISNA said on Sunday. “The downed aircraft was[…]

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Hamas dismisses warnings from Israeli PM

Hamas has dismissed as a sign of weakness warnings from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Gaza residents to leave any site where Palestinian fighters are operating, saying the locations could be attacked. In a statement on Sunday, Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said: “The [Israeli] occupation has failed[…]

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U.S hostage freed in Syria

An American held hostage for 22 months by an Islamic rebel group in Syria was freed Sunday, just days after a video showed the slaying of a fellow US journalist at the hands of rebels. “Finally he is returning home,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said, confirming the release[…]

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Netanyahu asks Gazans to leave Hamas sites

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Gaza residents to leave any site where Palestinian fighters were operating, saying the locations could be attacked. “I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to vacate immediately every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is[…]

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Qatar denies funding Islamic State

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State radical group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. The energy-rich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to rebels, including the Palestinian[…]

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Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. The strikes in the southern town of Rafah came just hours after Israel bombed an apartment tower in Gaza[…]

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Egypt calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

Egypt has called on Israel and the Palestinians to accept an indefinite ceasefire and resume indirect talks in Cairo to end the Gaza crisis, Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry on Saturday called for “concerned parties to accept a ceasefire of unlimited duration and to resume indirect[…]

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