Taliban claim attack on Kabul’s airport

Taliban fighters have attacked Kabul’s international airport, setting off explosions and trading gunfire with Afghan soldiers as a major alert was raised in the capital. A rapid response force was sent to the airport by the Afghan military after an explosion and bursts of gunfire were heard on Thursday morning.[…]

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Turkey may place Syrian refugees in camps

Turkey will take “drastic measures” to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast, the city’s top official said. Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu on Wednesday said there were now 67,000 Syrian refugees[…]

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Philippines recovering after deadly typhoon

Millions of Filipinos have endured a second day without power after typhoon Rammasun paralysed the capital Manila, and killed 38 people as it swept across the country. Rammasun was heading towards China on Thursday after cutting a path through the Philippines’ central and southern islands, shutting down the capital and[…]

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Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said. Government troops and allied Shia volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset on Tuesday to a base 4km south[…]

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US drone kills 12 in Pakistan tribal area

At least 12 people have been killed in a US drone attack in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, , sources have told Al Jazeera, the second such attack this week. Wednesday’s attack took place in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan, about 30km west of Miranshah. Four missiles[…]

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Far-right group invades London mosque

Members of UK’s far-right Britain First group have invaded another mosque in south east London, giving the imam a seven-day warning to remove signs indicating separate entrances for Muslim men and women at the mosque. “In this country we have equality,” one member says, as the Muslim man protests over[…]

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Israel targets Hamas leaders in Gaza raid

Israeli warplanes bombed the home of a senior Hamas leader early Wednesday, as a campaign against Gaza entered day nine with no sign of an immediate end to hostilities. Israel had resumed Tuesday its punishing air campaign against the Palestinian territory, which has killed 197 people, as international efforts towards a[…]

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89 killed in Afghan bombing

A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The explosion destroyed dozens of mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and[…]

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Assad to be sworn in today

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is to be sworn in Wednesday for a new term in a war-ravaged country, as other conflicts in the turbulent region hog the international community’s attention. Assad will be sworn in for another seven-year term at his palace overlooking the capital, more than three years into[…]

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