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Saudi Plane Isolated at Manila Airport after False Hijack Alarm, Incident Over

MANILA, Sept 20 – A Saudi Arabian Airlines plane was temporarily isolated after landing at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday following a false hijack alarm, airline and airport officials said. Passengers were taken off the aircraft and transported to the airport’s main terminal while Philippines security personnel carried out checks of the plane.

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Air Strikes Hit Aid Convoy as Syria says Ceasefire Over

By Tom Perry and John Davison BEIRUT, Sept 20 – Syrian or Russian aircraft struck an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday and killed 12 people, according to a war monitor, as the Syrian military declared a one-week truce brokered by the United States and Russia over. The United Nations confirmed the convoy was hit

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Turkey-Backed Rebels Could Push Further South in Syria, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL, Sept 19  РTurkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and were now focused on heading toward the Daesh-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference before departing for New York where he is due to address the United

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Eastern Aleppo Aid Stuck in Turkey as Syria Truce Expires

BEIRUT, Sept 19 – Two 20-truck aid convoys destined for eastern Aleppo with enough supplies to feed 185,000 people for a month are still stuck in Turkey, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday, hours after a ceasefire in Syria expired. The U.N. has said it does not have sufficient security guarantees from all sides in

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Kerry Tackles Yemen, Syrian Conflicts in Saudi Arabia Talks

By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 25 – Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the country’s powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to discuss ways to end conflict in Yemen and resume peace talks between the warring sides. Kerry arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday from

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German Military Muls Options if Planes Withdrawn from Turkish Base

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Aug 25 – Germany still wants its military to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for reconnaissance flights in the fight against Daesh¬†but is looking for alternatives due to a dispute with Ankara, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. A ministry spokesman said the armed forces were studying other basing options for

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Rebels Launch Major Assault to Try to Break Aleppo Siege

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 1 – Syrian rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines after the army and its allies tightened their siege of opposition-held parts of the city last week. The rebels are trying to break through the strip of government-controlled

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Turkish Coup Trial to be Held Where Army Once Flexed its Muscles

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, July 25 – Officers accused of staging a failed coup in Turkey will stand trial in an Ankara district laden with symbolism for the country’s recent history – the scene of an army show of strength before a “post-modern coup” ousted its first Islamist-led government in 1997. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag

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Saudi Prosecutors Bring Charges Over Grand Mosque Crane Disaster

RIYADH, July 12 – Suspects including engineers and two government employees will face trial in Saudi Arabia over the deaths of 107 people when a crane toppled over at Mecca’s Grand Mosque last year, a local newspaper that reflects government thinking reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper quoted a source as saying that investigators

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Iran Refers Cases of Detained Iranian Dual-Nationals to Court

ANKARA, July 11 – Iran’s judiciary has referred the cases of four detained Iranian dual-nationals to court, the Tasnim news agency quoted a senior judiciary official as saying on Monday. Several Iranian dual nationals from the United Sates, Britain, Canada and France have been detained in the past few months and are being kept behind

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