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Inside the Saudi prison that's home to new wave of jihadis

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RIYADH - The man visible on the block's control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform grey robe, is one of a rising number of security prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where the wars in Syria and Iraq have led to a surge in domestic jihadist activity.

Saudi Arabia says arrests brothers linked to Islamic State bombing in Kuwait

DUBAI - Saudi authorities have arrested three brothers linked to a suicide bombing by a Saudi man on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in neighbouring Kuwait last month, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

10:44am IST

Air strikes kill nearly 100 in Yemen, cast shadow on truce talks

DUBAI/ADEN - Nearly 100 people were killed on Monday in air strikes across Yemen, the Houthi-run state news agency reported, as a Saudi-led coalition stepped up attacks that are likely to weigh on efforts to broker a humanitarian truce. | Video

World, Yemen 6:59am IST

Syria's al-Qaeda offshoot Nusra stages suicide bombing in Aleppo -monitor

BEIRUT - A suicide bomber from Syria's al Qaeda offshoot the Nusra Front blew himself up in a Syrian army outpost in a contested neighbourhood in the divided northern city of Aleppo and killed at least 25 soldiers and allied militia and injured scores, a monitor said.

World, Syria 5:44am IST

Obama says U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria's civil war on Monday and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers.

World, Syria 4:34am IST

Air strikes kill nearly 100 in Yemen, cast shadow on truce talks

DUBAI/ADEN - Nearly 100 people were killed on Monday in air strikes across Yemen, the Houthi-run state news agency reported, as a Saudi-led coalition stepped up attacks that are likely to weigh on efforts to broker a humanitarian truce. | Video

World, Yemen 2:13am IST

Iran demands end to UN missile sanctions, West refuses

VIENNA - A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile programme and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. | Video

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Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict.

World, Syria 06 Jul 2015

Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary Guards richer

VIENNA - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions -- and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still.

06 Jul 2015

Inside the Saudi prison that's home to new wave of jihadis

RIYADH - The man visible on the block's control room monitor, pacing his small cell in uniform grey robe, is one of a rising number of security prisoners in Saudi Arabia, where the wars in Syria and Iraq have led to a surge in domestic jihadist activity.

World, Syria, Iraq 06 Jul 2015

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