IRBIL: A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region killed 17 people on Friday, the governor of Erbil told a local media network, and the hotel manager said they included foreigners.
BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top Shiite cleric will no longer provide weekly Friday political messages that have had a major impact on politics and security, an apparent sign of frustration with the government.
BEIRUT, Lebanon: Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city which once held two million people could soon fall
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron announced Thursday that a Syria donors’ conference in London had raised over $10 billion (9.0 billion euros) for humanitarian aid.
TUNIS: Tunisia said on Thursday it is lifting a nationwide nighttime curfew imposed last month after the worst social unrest witnessed in the country since its 2011 revolution.
JERUSALEM: An Israeli court jailed two Jewish teenagers on Thursday, one for life and the other for 21 years, over a revenge murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem that helped trigger the 2014
CAIRO: The body of an Italian student who went missing in Cairo was found by the roadside with cigarette burns and other signs of torture, a senior Egyptian prosecutor said on Thursday.
LONDON/ANKARA: Western ministers and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged Russia to halt its airstrikes in Syria, implicitly bombing Moscow for the collapse of peace talks.
JERUSALEM: Three Palestinians were shot dead on Wednesday while carrying out a shooting and stabbing attack that wounded two Israeli policewomen at an entrance to Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
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