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Iran Guards Confirm Missile Strikes on Kurd Rebels in Iraq

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards confirmed Sunday they had launched deadly missile strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq the previous day.

"The terrorists' headquarters... was successfully struck by seven surface-to-surface rockets on Saturday by the missile department of the Guards' aerospace force," it said on its Sepah News website.

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Syria's Idlib under 'Violent' Air Strikes after Tehran Failure

Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib was Saturday targeted by the "most violent" Russian air strikes in a month, a monitor said, after the failure of a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict.

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Iraq PM Urged to Quit as Key Ally Deserts Him over Unrest

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing calls to resign as his alliance with a populist cleric who won May elections crumbles over deadly unrest shaking the country's oil-rich south.

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84 Dead in Fighting in Yemen's Hodeida after Talks Fail

Clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of U.N.-brokered peace talks, hospital sources said Sunday.

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18 Dead as Syria Kurds Clash with Regime Forces

Clashes between Kurdish forces and regime fighters in the divided northeastern city of Qamishli killed 18 combatants Saturday, the Kurdish forces and a war monitor said.

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Yemen Govt Slams UN Envoy for 'Appeasing' Rebels

Yemen's foreign minister slammed a UN envoy Saturday for "appeasing" Huthi rebels by not squarely blaming them for the failure of peace talks in  Geneva.

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Gaza Teen Dies of Wounds from Israel Border Clash

A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during a protest on the Gaza border, the enclave's health ministry said.  

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Egypt Court Hands Five-Year Jail Term to Prominent Photojournalist

An Egyptian court on Saturday handed a five-year jail sentence to prominent photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, who earlier this year received UNESCO's World Freedom Prize.

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'We Just Didn't Make It,' UN Envoy Says as Yemen Talks Falter

UN-backed talks between Yemen's warring parties ended Saturday before properly getting off the ground, with the UN envoy acknowledging it had not been possible to convince the rebels to come to Geneva.

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Rockets Fired at Iraq's Basra Airport

Unidentified assailants fired four rockets at Iraq's Basra airport on Saturday, security sources said, as the death toll from several days of protests over poor public services climbed to 12.

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