150 freed in Philippines jailbreak

More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels have stormed a jail in the southern Philippines, killing a guard and allowing 158 inmates to escape, officials said. Six of the inmates were killed in firefights with pursuing police and army troops, while eight others have been caught and were being returned to[…]

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Aleppo a “very important springboard”: Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a very important springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes[…]

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Syrian rebels deny losing ground in Aleppo

Syrian rebels have rejected claims that government forces and allies, including fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, have taken back parts of Aleppo recently captured by rebels. Hassan al-Eshra, a fighter in the Jaysh al-Islam armed group, said it and other rebel groups were still in control of the flashpoint[…]

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Syrian forces break rebel siege

Syria’s army and its allies have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shia towns in northwest Syria, the government and rebel groups said, cutting off a main supply route to nearby Turkey. The breakthrough comes after days of rapid military gains north of the major city of Aleppo, with[…]

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Syrian opposition, rebels not invited to talks

Syria’s main political opposition body and representatives of the armed opposition have not been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday[…]

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Yemen’s Houthis release foreign hostages

Two US citizens, one British national and three Saudis held for months by Yemen’s Houthi group, have been freed and have arrived in Oman, according to British and Omani officials as well as Houthi sources. Their release appeared to be a goodwill gesture before talks between Houthis and the UN[…]

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