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Syrian police deploy in south Damascus after IS defeat

Syrian police deploy in south Damascus after IS defeat

The government on Monday seized the Yarmuk Palestinian camp and adjacent neighbourhoods of Tadamun and Hajar al-Aswad, putting Damascus fully under its control for the first time since 2012.

53 injured as Saudi jet makes emergency landing

53 injured as Saudi jet makes emergency landing

The Saudia aircraft was travelling from the holy city of Medina to Dhaka with 151 people on board, but had to be diverted to Jeddah late on Monday after it suffered a malfunction in the hydraulic system.

Belgian jihadist sentenced to death for IS membership

Belgian jihadist sentenced to death for IS membership

Tarik Jadaoun -- known by his nom de guerre Abu Hamza al-Beljiki -- earlier pleaded not guilty to a range of terror, insisting he had "got lost" and pleading for mercy.

Israel says it's the first country to use F-35 in combat

Israel says it's the first country to use F-35 in combat

Israel is the first country to have used the US-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday in remarks carried by the military's official Twitter account.

On former battlefield, Kuwaiti investor plans date palm groves

On former battlefield, Kuwaiti investor plans date palm groves

On a former battlefield of the 1991 Gulf War, deep in Iraq’s southern desert, a Kuwaiti investor is looking to grow 100,000 date palms and build a nature reserve complete with ostriches and deer.

US delegation encounters protests

US delegation encounters protests

Palestinian protesters yesterday threw eggs at a US delegation in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and held up signs with anti-American slogans in a bid to prevent them attending an event.

On a Damascus rooftop, tinting silk a fading craft

On a Damascus rooftop, tinting silk a fading craft

On a rooftop in Syria’s capital, Mohamed al-Rihawi plunges silk threads into emerald green dye, preparing it to be woven into the city’s famed brocade.

Troops take control over capital after ousting IS

Troops take control over capital after ousting IS

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus for the first time since early in the seven-year-old war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket, the military said.

US to increase financial pressure on Iran: Pompeo

US to increase financial pressure on Iran: Pompeo

Mike Pompeo said if Iran were to abide by the stricter terms, including ending its ballistic missile programme and its interventions in regional conflicts from Yemen to Syria, the United States would lift its sanctions.

More IS fighters leave Damascus district: monitor

More IS fighters leave Damascus district: monitor

A second batch of fighters from the Islamic State militant group left their final Damascus stronghold overnight, a monitor said Monday, bringing the Syrian regime closer to a major milestone.

From camels to catfish, Algeria boosts farming in desert

From camels to catfish, Algeria boosts farming in desert

In a corner of his sprawling farm, Milouda Mohamed proudly unveiled his latest venture — a pond full of catfish that could herald a new future for farmers like him on the Sahara desert.

Sadr meets Iraq PM, hinting at coalition

Sadr meets Iraq PM, hinting at coalition

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday, less than 24 hours after the cleric’s bloc was declared winner of Iraq’s parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition.

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