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Qatar Requests 'Emergency' Arab League Meet on Syria

Doha has requested an "emergency" meeting of Arab League envoys to discuss deadly Syrian regime air raids on the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, the official Qatar News Agency reported Saturday.

Qatar’s permanent envoy at the Cairo-based pan-Arab body has requested holding "a meeting to discuss the dangerous escalation in the city of Aleppo and the Syrian regime forces’ massacres against civilians" there, said the statement on QNA.

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Residents Flee as Air Strikes Shake Syria's Aleppo

Terrified residents fled a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria's divided city of Aleppo on Saturday, as key regime backer Russia rejected calls to rein in its ally.

Aleppo was left out of a new temporary U.S.-Russian brokered truce that appeared to be holding in the regime stronghold of Latakia as well as Damascus and the nearby rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta.

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Protesters Storm Parliament in Iraq's Green Zone

Thousands of angry protesters broke into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday and stormed the Iraqi parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers.

Jubilant crowds, most of them supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, invaded the main session hall, shouting slogans glorifying their leader and claiming that they had rooted out corruption.

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26 Migrants Rescued off Libya, others Feared Missing

An Italian cargo ship rescued 26 migrants from a flimsy boat that was sinking off the coast of Libya but there are fears more may be missing, the Italian coastguard said Saturday.

The coastguard received a call from a satellite phone late Friday that helped locate the stricken inflatable and called on the merchant ship to make a detour to the area about four miles (seven kilometres) off the Libyan coast near Sabratha.

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Suicide Bomber 'Kills Five Kurdish Police' in Syria

A suicide bomber killed five Kurdish policemen at a checkpoint in Syria's divided northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, police said.

Four others were wounded in the attack on the city's demarcation line, according to Jowan Ibrahim, the commander of the Kurdish police known as the Asayish.

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Yemen Foes Begin Direct Talks to Resolve Key Issues

Yemen's warring parties began face-to-face peace talks on Saturday on "key issues" in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country, the United Nations said.

"All delegations are present. Key issues will be addressed," Charbel Raji, spokesman for Yemen's UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, told Agence France Presse about the negotiations taking place in Kuwait.

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Bombing against Pilgrims Kills 23 in Iraq as Hundreds Protest

A car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 23 people near Baghdad on Saturday, as hundreds protested in the capital for reforms and parliament made another attempt to reshuffle the cabinet.

Iraq has been hit by weeks of political turmoil surrounding Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's efforts to change the government.

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Despite Carnage, Syria's Aleppo not in Fighting 'Freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to "freeze" fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence.

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse.

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Russia Consulate in Aleppo Shelled by 'Terrorists', Says Foreign Ministry

Russia's foreign ministry on Friday denounced an attack on its consulate in Syria's war-ravaged city of Aleppo, accusing jihadists of shelling the compound.

"The building of Russia's Consulate General in Aleppo came under sudden mortar attack on April 28 around 3 pm Moscow time (1200 GMT)," it said in a statement.

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Morocco Arrests Three 'IS-Linked Jihadists'

Morocco on Friday dismantled a "terrorist cell" composed of three men who had received instructions from the Islamic State group to carry out attacks in the country, the interior ministry said.

The suspects were detained in the northeastern town of Nador and had been ordered to set up an IS branch aimed at "preparing a series of suicide attacks... against vital targets," a statement said.

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