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Saudi sentences iconic Shia cleric to de...

Saudi sentences iconic Shia cleric to death

DUBAI: A well-known Shia cleric was sentenced to death Wednesday by a court in Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of renewed unrest from his supporters in the kingdom and neighboring Bahrain. Sheik Nimr al-Nimr’s case has been watched closely by minority Saudi Shiites in the eastern region of the... read more »

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets

ANKARA: Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first major airstrikes against the rebel group since peace talks began two years ago to end a 30-year insurgency. Turkish media had varying accounts, but the private... read more »

IS jihadists execute Iraqi journalist, 1...

IS jihadists execute Iraqi journalist, 12 other people

SAMARRA, Iraq: Islamic State militants executed an Iraqi news cameraman and 12 other people on Friday in several towns and villages north of Baghdad, officials, relatives and witnesses said. The jihadists shot dead Raad al-Azzawi, a 37-year-old cameraman for local news channel Sama Salaheddin, his... read more »

Kobane: Syrian Kurds ‘launch opera...

Kobane: Syrian Kurds ‘launch operation against IS’

Fighting has continued overnight around the Syrian border town of Kobane, with reports of Kurdish forces launching an operation against Islamic State At least 12 people were killed in protests by Kurds in Turkey on Tuesday over the lack of Turkish military support. Three weeks of fighting over... read more »

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Libya’s Zawiya refinery, El Sharara oil field shut: Report

TRIPOLI: Libya’s 120,000 barrels-a-day Zawiya refinery has been shut down due to damaged storage, an oil ministry official said on Thursday. The El Sharara field feeding the... read more »

Iran rejects US-led coalition against IS

Seen from Tehran, which has helped both Damascus and Baghdad to confront IS advances, the coalition lacks credibility because some of its members had financed and armed the group as part... read more »

Arab states mull air strikes on ISIS

PARIS: Several Arab countries have offered to carry out airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, senior US state department officials said on Sunday. The... read more »

Kerry visits Israel amid reports of faltering Israeli-Palestinian talks

Iraq Crisis: John Kerry says US-Arab coalition ‘can take on IS’

Ten Arab countries have agreed to help the US in its fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS). After talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, they pledged to... read more »

Life under ISIS: Captured teenage girl tells story of horrendous ...

A Yazidi girl captured by ISIS has revealed the extreme abuse she suffers as a sex slave at the hands of Islamic State (IS) extremists. Only 17 years old, Mayat, (not her real name) was kidnapped by... read more »