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Syria conflict: 76,000 die in deadliest ...

Syria conflict: 76,000 die in deadliest year – activists

The year 2014 was the deadliest year yet in Syria’s four-year conflict, with over 76,000 killed, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 17,790 of the dead were civilians, including 3,501 children. Meanwhile more than 15,000 died in conflicts in Iraq in 2014,... read more »

Father of pilot captured by ISIS pleads ...

Father of pilot captured by ISIS pleads for release

AMMAN (Jordan): The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for his son’s release. Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh, speaking to reporters in the Jordanian capital Amman on Thursday, also urged the militants to show “hospitality” toward his... read more »

IS stones to death two alleged gay men i...

IS stones to death two alleged gay men in Syria

DAMASCUS: Islamic State (IS) militants stoned to death two young men in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour on charges of having “unlawful” sexual intercourse with other males, a monitoring group has reported. The first man, 20-year-old, was stoned to death at the al-Bakara... read more »

Egyptian president to meet Pope Francis ...

Egyptian president to meet Pope Francis on Monday

VATICAN CITY: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet Pope Francis on Monday, Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi said, in the first visit to the Vatican by an Egyptian leader in eight years. The afternoon meeting comes six months after Sisi’s rise to power. According to religious... read more »

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US-led air strikes hit Qaida branch in Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes hit al-Qaida’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only the second time, a monitoring... read more »

Israel beefs up security in East Jerusalem

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Turkey facilitating transfer of Iraqi Kurdish fighters to Kobani, FM says

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to Kobani to aid Syrian Kurds defending the town... read more »

Islamic State: Syria rebels warn of backlash over US air strikes

Syrian rebel fighters backed by the West have told the BBC that the US-led coalition faces a backlash in their country over its bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS). There have been protests... read more »