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Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said.
The assault, launched early Sunday northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, is the latest in a series of drives that have seen some territory lost to a sweeping June offensive by the Islamic State group being regained.Full Story
About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.Full Story
Syria's President Bashar Assad told a Russian delegation Sunday that "serious efforts" were needed to defeat "terrorists" and exert "real pressure" on their alleged backers, state media said.
Assad's statement comes days ahead of scheduled Moscow talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Syrian delegation on the possible relaunch of peace talks with the opposition.Full Story
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.
During his three-day trip to Istanbul, Biden held several hours of talks with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the crises created by the capture by Islamic State (IS) jihadists of swathes of Iraq and Syria.Full Story
The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next week to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories in the presence of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, an official said Sunday.
The meeting on November 29 comes as annexed Arab east Jerusalem is roiled by months of unrest, which has spread across the occupied West Bank and to Arab communities inside Israel.Full Story
Fierce fighting pitted regime loyalists against rebels backed by al-Qaida on Sunday, after insurgents launched an offensive aimed at seizing two Shiite villages in northern Syria, a monitoring group said.
Elsewhere, jihadist Islamic State group (IS) fighters shot down a government warplane over the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Full Story
A Jerusalem court on Sunday charged an Israeli border policeman with manslaughter in the May shooting to death of a young Palestinian during a West Bank demonstration.
"A charge of manslaughter has been filed against the defendant," a court transcript said.Full Story
Iraq is seeking Jordan's military support in training its troops battling the Islamic State jihadist group, the Iraqi parliament speaker said Sunday during a visit to Amman.
"We firmly believe we need the support of the Jordanian kingdom in training our security forces," Salim al-Juburi told a press conference.Full Story
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal is due in Vienna later Sunday where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will update him on nuclear talks with Iran, a senior U.S. official said.
Kerry will "meet with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to update him on the (Iran) negotiations," the senior State Department official said.Full Story
Dutch experts on Sunday completed the recovery of wreckage from the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and have sent it to a government-controlled city en route for the Netherlands
"(Transport of) the recovered wreckage from flight MH17 is under way towards Kharkiv," by train, the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a statement.Full Story