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Blacklisted oil tanker returns to Libya's Zawiya port

TRIPOLI A tanker that Libya's rival eastern government had been using to try to export oil in defiance of the Western-backed administration in Tripoli returned to the country on Saturday, after it was blacklisted by the United Nations, the state oil company said.

Saudi hands over Houthi prisoners as Yemen peace efforts inch ahead - spokesman 30 Apr 2016

DOHA Yemen's Houthi movement said on Saturday its foe Saudi Arabia had handed over 40 prisoners as part of an agreement to quell border fighting as U.N.-backed peace negotiations to end Yemen's civil war crept forward.

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Around 20 Syrians readmitted to Turkey under EU migrant deal - Turkish PM 30 Apr 2016

ISTANBUL Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday around 20 Syrians had been readmitted to Turkey under an EU migrant deal designed to help stem migration to Europe across the Aegean Sea.

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Al Qaeda in Yemen confirms retreat from port city of Mukalla 30 Apr 2016

DOHA Yemen's al Qaeda branch on Saturday confirmed it had withdrawn from the Yemeni seaport of Mukalla a week after government and Emirati soldiers seized the city used by Islamist militants to amass a fortune amid the chaos of civil war.

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Afghan forces launch push against Taliban 30 Apr 2016

KABUL Government forces have launched operations against the Taliban in 18 provinces of Afghanistan as fighting has intensified since the start of the insurgents' spring offensive this month, the ministry of defence said on Saturday.

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Iran's moderates make modest gains in run-off election 30 Apr 2016

DUBAI Politicians allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, early results showed on Saturday, but his moderate faction appeared unlikely to clinch an overall majority.

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'Monstrous' violence in Syria as government excludes Aleppo from truce 29 Apr 2016

BEIRUT Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in fighting the United Nations said showed "monstrous disregard" for civilian lives.

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Britain sees no immediate threat from Islamic State bases in Libya 29 Apr 2016

HAVANA Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday he saw no immediate threat to Europe from Islamic State bases in Libya and did not expect the new Libyan government to ask for foreign troops anytime soon.

U.S. says working with Russia to revive Syria ceasefire 29 Apr 2016

WASHINGTON The United States said on Friday it was in discussions with Russia about trying to renew the cessation of hostilities in Syria following the deadly bombing this week of a hospital in Aleppo. | Video

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U.N. says in principle open to helping in Iran-U.S. assets dispute 29 Apr 2016

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations on Friday suggested it would be willing to assist in a dispute between Tehran and Washington after Iran requested U.N. help in convincing the United States to stop what the Islamic Republic says are violations of state immunity.

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