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Conflicting casualty figures a week after Iraq Mosul blast


MOSUL, Iraq Conflicting accounts emerged on Sunday about an explosion in Iraq's Mosul a week ago after a U.S.-led coalition strike against Islamic State that local officials say collapsed buildings, killing and burying many people.

U.S. general: coalition takes Iraq civilian deaths allegations seriously 7:42pm BST

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq has taken every measure to protect civilians and will investigate reports of civilian deaths during an operation in Mosul, a U.S. general involved in the operation said on Sunday.


Thousands of Yemenis rally in Sanaa on war's second anniversary 6:28pm BST

SANAA Thousands of Yemenis packed a square in the capital Sanaa on Sunday on the second anniversary of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine. | Video


Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties 4:51pm BST

DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington.

U.S.-backed Syrian militia makes gains against Islamic State 4:46pm BST

BEIRUT A Kurdish and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States has captured the town of Karama as it prepares for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa that it expects to take place in early April, it said on Sunday.

Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck 1:54pm BST

RASHID, Egypt An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to prison terms of up to 14 years on Sunday over the capsizing of a boat that killed over 200 people, one of the deadliest disasters in the dangerous Mediterranean crossings of migrants to Europe.


Pro-Houthi court sentences Yemen president to death for treason 25 Mar 2017

DUBAI A Yemeni court in territory controlled by the armed Houthi movement sentenced the group's enemy in a two-year-old civil war President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and six other top officials in his government to death for "high treason" on Saturday.


Turkey summons Swiss envoy over rally it says supported terrorism 25 Mar 2017

ISTANBUL Turkey's foreign ministry summoned Switzerland's charge d'affairs in Ankara on Saturday to complain about a protest in Bern that it said supported terrorism and included a poster calling for the assassination of President Tayyip Erdogan.


Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes 25 Mar 2017

DUBAI Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.


U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire 25 Mar 2017

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track.

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