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Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State fighters in undercover strike

AMMAN - A group of Western-backed Syrian insurgents said on Tuesday they had killed three foreign fighters -- two Saudis and a Tunisian -- with the Islamic State group in an undercover raid into an area under the control of the ultra-radical militants.

Libya's official government bans Yemenis, Iranians, Pakistanis from entry 9:58pm BST

BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's internationally recognised administration based in the east has banned Yemenis, Iranians and Pakistanis from entering the divided country, a military statement said on Tuesday.

Friendly fire from Saudi-led coalition kills seven in Yemen - tribal sources 9:30pm BST

ADEN - Seven supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were killed on Tuesday by friendly fire from a Saudi-led air strike in north Yemen, tribal sources said, as pro-Hadi forces converged on Marib in preparation to attack Houthi fighters in the region.


Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria's Palmyra - U.N. 9:17pm BST

BEIRUT - Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. | Video

Israel slams Palestinians' push to fly their flag at U.N. 9:04pm BST

UNITED NATIONS - Israel on Tuesday complained to the United Nations about a Palestinian initiative to fly their flag alongside full member states' at the world body's headquarters, calling it "another cynical misuse of the U.N. by the Palestinian Authority."

Iran nuclear deal backers near votes to protect pact in U.S. Congress 8:52pm BST

WASHINGTON - Supporters of the international nuclear agreement with Iran moved within one vote of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday when two more Democratic senators said they would support the pact.

Turk soldier killed on border with Islamic State territory in Syria - officials 7:38pm BST

ANKARA - A Turkish soldier died and another was missing on Tuesday following cross-border fire from Islamic State-held territory in neighbouring Syria, local officials said.


For one Syrian, normality in Germany is happy ending 6:37pm BST

BUDAPEST - It was an unlikely end to a journey from Syria marked by death threats and constant fear - an ice cold beer in a first class train seat with a view of the German countryside.

Kurds suspect another chemical attack by Islamic State in Iraq 6:12pm BST

ERBIL, Iraq - Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday they suspected a homemade rocket fired by Islamic State at their peshmerga forces in northern Iraq contained chemical substances, accusing the Islamist insurgents of an increasing use of chemical weapons.

Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees 5:46pm BST

REYKJAVIK - Four percent of Iceland's population has joined a Facebook page seeking to have the country take in more people escaping the Syrian conflict, prompting the government to consider it.

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