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German writer critical of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain


BERLIN German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, fanning an already fierce row between the NATO allies.

Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said.

World, Syria 8:47am IST

Palestinian foreign minister welcomes Egypt's warmer ties with Hamas

CAIRO Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki on Saturday welcomed Egypt's closer ties with Hamas, calling on the Islamist group to bring an end to the rift between the Palestinian factions.

8:43am IST

Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.

Top News, World, Iraq 8:33am IST

Israeli forces shoot dead a Palestinian wielding knife

JERUSALEM Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen wielding a knife on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, police said.

World, Israel 19 Aug 2017

Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

BEIRUT The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.

World, Syria, Top News 19 Aug 2017

Trump makes no decision on Afghanistan strategy

HAGERSTOWN, Md./WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war. | Video

World, Top News, South Asia 19 Aug 2017

Yemen violence worsening, more access to north needed - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

World, Yemen 19 Aug 2017

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections.

18 Aug 2017

Lebanese army finds surface-to-air missile in Nusra Front arms cache-security source

BEIRUT The Lebanese army found a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in a weapons cache left by Nusra Front militants after it took over some of the jihadists' positions in northeast Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Friday.

18 Aug 2017

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