Fighting erupts in Afghanistan after US pullout deadline

Afghanistan’s security forces have fought back a Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province, officials and residents have said, as the armed group launched assaults around the country after a missed United States deadline to withdraw troops. Attaullah Afghan, the head of Helmand’s provincial council, said the Taliban had launched its[…]

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UN envoy calls for de-escalation as Yemen fighting surges

The UN special envoy to Yemen has called for immediate de-escalation as a drastic upsurge in fighting threatens to exacerbate the country’s long-running war and further complicate a fragile peace process. The renewed violence between a Saudi-UAE-led military coalition and Houthi rebels has reportedly caused hundreds of casualties since it[…]

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Heavy fighting breaks out in Yemen’s Taiz

At least 20 Houthi militia fighters were killed in heavy clashes in Yemen’s third-largest city Taiz on Thursday, a day after they pounded it with rockets, forces loyal to the government said. Taiz, considered Yemen’s cultural capital, has suffered huge destruction since becoming a main battleground in the conflict between[…]

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Fierce fighting near Burundi state broadcaster building

Supporters and opponents of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza have clashed near the state broadcaster’s headquarters in the capital Bujumbura. The fighting on Thursday comes a day after Major General Godefroid Niyombare, the country’s former intelligence chief, said he had deposed Nkurunziza in a coup while the president was on a[…]

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Fighting and airstrikes rage across Yemen

Fighting and Saudi-led air strikes targeting Houthi rebels have struck across Yemen, officials said, as the United Nations said that Saudi Arabia had agreed to completely fund a $273.7 million appeal for emergency humanitarian aid to the county. In the southern port city of Aden, Yemen’s second largest, forces loyal[…]

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Ukraine rebels, army fighting despite pullback deadline

Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels faced a deadline Tuesday to start pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine, but Associated Press reporters saw no signs of it on the ground. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters Tuesday that the separatists continued to attack government[…]

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