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Daesh Takes Syrian Town as Fighting Looks Set to Intensify

BEIRUT (Reuters) Daesh fighters drove Syrian government forces from a town in the west of the country on Sunday, as fighting looked set to intensify despite a flurry of international diplomacy and talks between regional rivals. The jihadists’ advance came even as Russian warplanes and Syrian forces supported by them stepped up assaults against insurgents

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Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party Likely to Win Elections

BAKU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Azeri voters headed to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election, which Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s ruling party is widely expected to win, and which mainstream opposition and international monitors are shunning. Aliyev has consolidated his power since succeeding his father and long-serving leader Heydar in 2003, presiding over a

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Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Somali Hotel Attack

MOGADISHU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Two bombs ripped into a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday and security forces fought Islamist Al Shabaab gunmen, who stormed the building for hours afterwards, police and witnesses said. At least 11 people were killed. Al Shabaab, which has frequently launched attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple

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International Airlines Suspend Flights Over Sinai after Russian Plane Crash

BY Staff Reporter DUBAI (Nov. 1) Emirates, along with Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, have suspended flights over Sinai as a precaution, following Saturday’s crash of a Russian plane that resulted in the death of all 224 passengers aboard. “Emirates is currently avoiding flying over the Sinai peninsula until more information is available,” said a spokesperson of the Gulf carrier

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U.S.-backed Syrian Rebels Declare New Offensive Against Daesh

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters)  A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance on Saturday announced a fresh offensive against Daesh in the northeast province of Hasaka, a day after the United States said it would send special forces to advise insurgents fighting the jihadists. “Today … we announce the start of the liberation of the southern countryside of Hasaka province,”

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Turkish Election To Shape Political Landscape

BY Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan is unambiguous about what he wants from an election on Sunday, casting it as a pivotal moment for Turkey: a return to the single-party rule he presided over for more than a decade until June. The outcome of the second parliamentary election this

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Egypt Confirms Russian Plane with 224 Aboard Crashes in Sinai

ISMAILIA/CAIRO, Oct 31 (Reuters) A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the Egyptian civil aviation authority said, and a security officer who arrived on the scene said all aboard the plane were probably dead. The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia with registration number KGL-9268, was

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KSA, S&P Spat Continues Over Ratings

By Staff Reporter DUBAI, Oct. 31 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance accused ratings agency Standard and Poor’s of acting “on an unsolicited basis” few hours after the agency downgraded the Kingdom’s credit ratings to A+ with a negative outlook. The ministry further challenged economic data provided by S&P, saying the Kingdom’s economy had already taken provisional measures to

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U.S. Reports 13 Air Strikes On Daesh in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters)  The United States and its allies conducted 13 air strikes against Daesh militants in Iraq on Wednesday, according to a military statement released on Thursday. The strikes hit Daesh weapons, boats, fighting positions and other targets near six Iraqi cities, including Ramadi and Mosul, the statement said. No attacks on the militant group in

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Syrian Opposition, Rebels Claim Not to Have Been Invited to Vienna Talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) Neither Syria‘s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have 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 that will bring

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