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Coalition says fewer than 3,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria

Coalition says fewer than 3,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria Tue, 12 Dec, 2017

The United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State estimates that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, its spokesman said on Tuesday.
Yemen Huthis rally after killing strongman

Yemen Huthis rally after killing strongman Tue, 05 Dec, 2017

Thousands of Huthi supporters rallied in Sanaa on Tuesday as the rebels cemented their grip on the Yemeni capital after killing their former ally ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Rebel area near Damascus hit by heavy shelling despite two-day truce

Rebel area near Damascus hit by heavy shelling despite two-day truce Wed, 29 Nov, 2017

Dozens of mortar bombs landed on the last major rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, a war monitor and a witness said on Wednesday, despite a 48 hour truce proposed by Russia to coincide with the start of peace talks in Geneva.
Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since resigning as PM

Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since resigning as PM Tue, 21 Nov, 2017

Saad al-Hariri landed in Beirut on Tuesday, his media office said, returning home for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon's prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis,
Iran, Russia, Turkey leaders to hold Syria summit next week

Iran, Russia, Turkey leaders to hold Syria summit next week Thu, 16 Nov, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin will next week host Turkish and Iranian counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani for summit talks on Syria, officials from Turkey and Russia said Thursday.
UN braces for likely Russian veto of Syria gas attacks probe

UN braces for likely Russian veto of Syria gas attacks probe Thu, 16 Nov, 2017

The UN Security Council will vote Thursday on whether to extend an investigation to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, with Russia expected to cast a veto.
Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 332

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 332 Mon, 13 Nov, 2017

At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.
Scores more Saudis detained in $100 billion corruption sweep

Scores more Saudis detained in $100 billion corruption sweep Thu, 09 Nov, 2017

Dozens more people have been taken into custody by Saudi authorities, the kingdom said Thursday, bringing to 201 the number detained in a sweep that investigators say has uncovered at least $100 billion in corruption.
Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US Tue, 07 Nov, 2017

Syria told the UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty.
Lebanon's Hariri visits UAE as home crisis escalates

Lebanon's Hariri visits UAE as home crisis escalates Tue, 07 Nov, 2017

Lebanon's outgoing prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, made a brief visit to the United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday despite a deepening crisis back home and a rise in regional tensions triggered by his surprise resignation.
Assad says Syria war does not end in Deir al-Zor

Assad says Syria war does not end in Deir al-Zor Tue, 07 Nov, 2017

Syria's army and its allies will keep fighting in Syria after the battle ends in Deir al-Zor province, where Islamic State has its last significant stronghold, President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday.
Saudi mass arrests jolt markets but many see overdue swoop on corruption

Saudi mass arrests jolt markets but many see overdue swoop on corruption Tue, 07 Nov, 2017

All major Gulf stock markets slid on Tuesday on jitters about Saudi Arabia's sweeping anti-graft purge, a campaign seen by critics as a populist power grab but by ordinary Saudis as an overdue attack on the sleaze of a moneyed ultra-elite.
Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile over capital Sat, 04 Nov, 2017

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen, reports say, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport.
Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, attacking Iran and Hezbollah

Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, attacking Iran and Hezbollah Sat, 04 Nov, 2017

Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.
Iraq sees 'progress' in talks on Kurdish peshmerga pullback

Iraq sees 'progress' in talks on Kurdish peshmerga pullback Sat, 28 Oct, 2017

Iraqi and Kurdish commanders made "progress" in talks Saturday on Kurdish fighters withdrawing from disputed areas, Iraq's chief of staff said hours before a truce in clashes over a key border post was due to expire.

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