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Syrian Activists: Airstrikes Hit Hospital in Rebel Village

Airstrikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held village in northwestern Syria, knocking it out of service early on Wednesday, opposition activists said as government forces pressed their offensive on the last major rebel stronghold in the war-torn country.

There was no immediate word on casualties from the airstrike on the Rahma hospital in Tel Mannas, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Thiqa news agency, an activist collective.

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UAE Rejects Support Claims for Separatist Seizure of Yemen's Aden

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday rejected accusations it supported Yemeni separatists in their seizure of the government's de facto capital Aden.

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U.N. Postpones Anti-Torture Conference in Cairo after Criticism

The United Nations has postponed a conference against torture due to be held in Cairo after fierce criticism of Egypt's rights record, a U.N. spokesman said.

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Fears over Egypt's Judiciary Abound after Sisi Appointments

After Egypt's president appointed top judges for the first time in the country's modern history, criticism of the judiciary's lack of independence is rampant.

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New Mysterious Blast Rocks Militia Arms Depot in Iraq

A large explosion hit an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts at military bases and munitions depots around the country in the past few weeks.

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Egypt Says Security Forces Kill 11 Militants in Sinai

Egyptian security forces killed 11 militants in the restive North Sinai region, the interior ministry said Tuesday, 18 months into an operation against an Islamic State group affiliate based there.

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U.N.'s Yemen Envoy Warns of Threat of Partition

The U.N.'s special envoy to Yemen warned Tuesday that the war-ravaged country faced the prospect of breaking apart unless an agreement ending the decades-long conflict is found urgently.

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Algeria Protest Movement Marks Six Months, at an Impasse

Algerians launched an unprecedented protest movement in February, filling the streets of cities across the country and forcing the president out of office.

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China Warns on IS Revival in Syria

China's Syria envoy said Tuesday that "terrorist organisations" including the Islamic State group are being revived in the war-ravaged country, urging the international community not to ignore the "early warning" signs. 

Xie Xiaoyan, Beijing's pointman for the Syrian conflict, made the comments after meeting in Geneva with the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen.

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Yemen Separatists Surround Two Govt Camps in South

Separatists surrounded two government military bases in Yemen's south and demanded elements inside surrender, sources on both sides said Tuesday, ten days after the secessionists seized defacto capital Aden.

The flare-up, in Abyan province, comes after the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) partially withdrew from key sites it occupied in Aden, and the Saudi-led military coalition -- which backs the government -- said Riyadh and Abu Dhabi had "succeeded in calming the situation".

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