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  • Kerry in Saudi on Yemen peace push

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and other Gulf ministers over YemenUS Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to push for peace in Yemen after UN-brokered talks collapsed despite global concern over mounting civilian casualties. Kerry was to discuss a range of issues including Yemen Wednesday night with Saudi Arabia's powerful Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, ahead of talks Thursday with King Salman.


  • Kerry to discuss Yemen, Syria with Gulf Arab states

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during an event to promote the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math educational programe for girls in AbujaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will present proposals on ending Yemen's conflict and resuming peace talks in meetings with Saudi leaders over the next two days, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. As Kerry landed in Jeddah for the talks with Saudi leaders and other Gulf Arab states, the U.S. official said he would update them on U.S. meetings with Russia addressing military cooperation in Syria. Backing by the Saudis and other Gulf countries for the plan, which would see Washington share some intelligence with Moscow, is vital because of their support for opposition groups involved in Syria's civil war.


  • Syria rebels backed by Turkish tanks 'seize' IS-held town

    Turkish army tanks and pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighter trucks pictured two kilometres west of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, in an image taken from the Turkish border city of Karkamis on August 24, 2016Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town. The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started. "Jarabulus is completely liberated," Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel spokesman said IS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab to the southwest.


  • Why has Turkey launched an operation against IS in Syria?

    An air strike by a Turkish jet fighter hits the Syrian village of Jarabulus on the Syrian-Turkish border during fighting against the IS group on August 24, 2016Turkey launched its most ambitious operation of the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it targeted the double threat from Islamic State extremists and Syrian Kurdish militias. Turkey says the air and ground operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" will clear jihadists from the Syrian town of Jarabulus, which lies directly opposite the Turkish town of Karkamis. The operation was launched just days after Ankara appeared to soften its often-confrontational line on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Turkey wants to see removed.


  • Advocacy groups write Oman's sultan over journalists' trial
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two journalism advocacy groups have jointly written to Oman's sultan over the trial of three reporters and the shuttering of their newspaper.

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