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Amnesty urges Egypt to stop detaining Syrian refugees

  • CAIRO: An international human rights group urged Egypt on Thursday to end its policy of unlawfully detaining Syrian refugees, including children, and forcibly returning them to their homeland where civil war is raging....

Regional security tops agenda of Riyadh conference

  • Regional security and stability will top the agenda of a two-day conference on regional challenges, which begins here Tuesday.The conference, which is being held under the auspices of Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, is organized by the Riyadh-based Institute of Diplomatic Studies (IDS), a...

Assad waging ‘state terror’

  • ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of waging “state terror,” equating the crimes of the Damascus regime with those of Islamic State militants.Ankara is concerned that the focus of the US-led coalition on fighting IS extremists will...

IS jihadists suffer heavy losses in Syria’s Kobani

  • BEIRUT: Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani have suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes.At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobani’s Kurdish...

Missile fired from Yemen shot down near Saudi capital

  • RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile, fired by Yemeni rebels, southwest of the capital Riyadh late Friday, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s arrival in the Sunni-led kingdom....

Killer blast strikes north Syria town as regime troops target Idlib fighters

  • BEIRUT: A blast killed at least one person in a region of north Syria controlled by Turkey-backed Syrian opposition groups, a witness and a war monitor said on Saturday. The explosion in Azaz was caused by a car bomb, said the war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and hit...

From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise US alarm over Iranian plans

  • GENEVA, WASHINGTON: The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington. The US believes that Iran-linked militia in Iraq have recently increased their surveillance of American troops and bases in the coun...

Iran’s ballistic missiles ‘can carry nuclear weapons’

  • JEDDAH: Britain, France and Germany on Thursday accused Iran of developing ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, UN ambassadors for the three countries said Tehran’s actions were inconsistent with the UN resolution enshr...

UAE expats thankful to enjoy Christmas away from tough COVID-19 lockdowns

  • DUBAI: If it weren’t for the obligatory mask wearing, endless flasks of sanitizer and social distancing rules — measures sure to remain in place as the COVID-19 pandemic continues — you would be forgiven for thinking that the UAE was having a “normal” year, perhaps even thriving. The Gulf natio...

COVID-19 could ‘easily overwhelm’ Yemen’s health system, warns official

  • AL-MUKALLA: COVID-19 could “easily overwhelm” Yemen’s health system and tougher measures could be re-imposed to stop transmission of the disease, an official said Thursday. Dr. Ishraq Al-Subaee, a spokeswoman for the Aden-based National Coronavirus Committee, said the body had alerted all of ...