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Syrian Kurdish forces say 'provocative' Turkey targeting them


BEIRUT - A Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week and called on U.S-led forces to "clarify" their approach towards Ankara in light of this.


Yemeni vice president arrives in Aden - airport official 11:07am BST

ADEN - Yemeni vice president Khaled Bahah arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, airport officials said, the most senior official to visit the city since local fighters drove an Iran-backed Houthi group out more than two weeks ago.


Syrian army advances on plain after rebel offensive: monitor 11:01am BST

BEIRUT - The Syrian army and allied militia have regained control over several northwestern villages from insurgents on a plain crucial for defending costal areas that Damascus holds, a group monitoring the war said on Saturday.

Palestinian youth dies after West Bank clash with Israeli troops 10:27am BST

RAMALLAH, West Bank - A Palestinian youth died on Saturday at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah, Palestinian hospital officials said.

Accused Russian Taliban depicted in U.S. court as assault mastermind 4:47am BST

RICHMOND, Va. - Accused Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin, the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court, was portrayed by prosecutors and testimony Friday as the commander behind an attack on U.S. and Afghan forces six years ago near the Pakistan border.


Iraq's Kurdistan laments caught in middle of Turkey-PKK fight 12:40am BST

WASHINGTON - Iraq's Kurdistan region is suffering the fallout as Turkey launches strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq, the region's top diplomat said on Friday, calling for both sides to return to a ceasefire.

Seven Libyan soldiers killed in clashes with Islamic State 31 Jul 2015

BENGHAZI, Libya - Seven Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Islamic State militants stormed a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to the official government, military officials said.

New York man charged with supporting Islamic State denied bail 31 Jul 2015

NEW YORK - A U.S. magistrate judge rejected a bail request on Friday for a New York man arrested on charges of supporting Islamic State and travelling to Turkey to meet with members of the militant group, a court official said.


Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank; Jewish arsonists suspected 31 Jul 2015

DUMA, West Bank - Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old child and seriously injuring his parents and brother, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism. | Video


Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels 31 Jul 2015

BEIRUT - Al Qaeda's Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington's plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group.

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