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Islamic State makes closest advance to Aleppo, Iranian killed


BEIRUT/ANKARA - Islamic State fighters have seized Syrian villages on the outskirts of Aleppo from rival insurgent fighters, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite Russian air strikes that Moscow says have targeted the militant group.


Syria extends offensive to retake territory in west 10:56am BST

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country. | Video

Turkey concerned about new Syrian migrant wave as Russia strikes 10:56am BST

ANKARA - Turkey is concerned about the potential for a fresh wave of Syrian migrants arriving at its border as a result of Russian air strikes in Syria, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Four Arabs stabbed in southern Israel, Jewish suspect held 8:53am BST

JERUSALEM - Four Arabs were stabbed in a town in southern Israel on Friday and a Jewish suspect was arrested, police said. The attacks follow a surge in knife violence by Palestinians against Israelis.


France launches new air strike in Syria against IS - minister 8:39am BST

PARIS - France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

Islamic State fighters advance in Aleppo outskirts - monitor 8:10am BST

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters have captured several Syrian villages from rival insurgents near Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite Russian air strikes that Moscow says have targeted the hardline group.


U.N. proposes unity government for Libya's warring factions, Tripoli balks 4:11am BST

SKHIRAT, Morocco - The United Nations proposed a national unity government to Libya's warring factions on Thursday to end their conflict, but the deal faces resistance from Tripoli's self-declared rulers and hardliners on the ground.


Yemeni president dismisses Houthi concessions as 'manoeuvre' 1:10am BST

DUBAI/UNITED NATIONS - Yemen's government dismissed as a "manoeuvre" on Thursday the Houthis' acceptance of a U.N.-sponsored peace plan and demanded that the Iran-backed group hand back territory it has seized since last year.


Three bridegrooms among 25 killed in Yemen rocket strike - residents 1:10am BST

SANAA/ADEN - Three brothers waiting to get married were killed in a rocket attack alongside at least 22 other people in southwest Yemen on Thursday, residents and medics said.


No quick fix for latest 'wave of terror' - Israel's Netanyahu 08 Oct 2015

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday there was no quick fix for a spate of Palestinian "lone-wolf" attacks that the Jewish state has faced in recent days. | Video

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