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Car bombs, suicide attack kill at least 22 in Iraq

BAGHDAD - At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources said.

Fighting escalates across Yemen, first air strikes on capital Sanaa

ADEN/CAIRO - Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized wide areas of the country.

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Syrian jets pound insurgent-held town - monitor

BEIRUT - Syrian jets carried out at least 20 air strikes on the town of Jisr al-Shughour in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a group monitoring the war said, one day after it was seized by Islamist fighters closing in on government-held territory by the coast.

World, Syria 6:13pm IST

Egypt's trial of Mursi "badly flawed" - Human Rights Watch

CAIRO - The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, deposed by the army and sentenced to 20 years in jail, was "badly flawed" and appears to have been politically motivated, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

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Pakistani security agencies to investigate activist's murder

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's military intelligence agencies will investigate the murder of a human rights activist, shot after she hosted a talk on disappearances and killings in Baluchistan province where the army is fighting separatists, the military said on Saturday.

World, Top News, South Asia 10:17am IST

Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians - police

JERUSALEM - Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said.

World, Israel 2:59am IST

Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys

BEIRUT - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict.

World, Syria 25 Apr 2015

Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen - Pentagon's Carter

WASHINGTON - A flotilla of nine Iranian naval and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, and this should ease U.S. concerns, a Pentagon spokesman said.

World, Top News, Yemen 25 Apr 2015

Pakistani security agencies to investigate activist's murder

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's military intelligence agencies will investigate the murder of a human rights activist, shot after she hosted a talk on disappearances and killings in Baluchistan province where the army is fighting separatists, the military said on Saturday.

Top News, South Asia, World 25 Apr 2015

Former Yemeni president calls for political dialogue to end war

DOHA - Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country's spiraling conflict.

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