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An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left at least 60 dead Thursday, even as politicians and diplomats stepped up efforts to end Iraq's worst crisis in years.   Most of those killed in Taji, 25 kilometres (15 miles...
US Secretary of State John Kerry took his truce mission to Israel Wednesday as the conflict in Gaza entered its 16th day and world airlines suspended flights over rocket fears. As air traffic thinned over Tel Aviv airport, Kerry flew in from Cairo...
Pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in eastern Ukraine just days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Ukrainian military spokesman told AFP.   "Two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets have been...
Key players in the Central African conflict launched a fresh round of talks in Brazzaville on Monday to end more than a year of sectarian bloodshed in the impoverished nation. The three-day forum for reconciliation and political dialogue is chaired...
Egypt's military said militants firing machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border checkpoint Saturday, killing 21 soldiers in one of the biggest assaults on security forces in years. The attack in a desert area 630 kilometres (...
Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip on Saturday, an AFP correspondent said. An army officer at the Balloza checkpoint, one of many...
A Hamas official denied on Thursday that the Palestinian faction had secured a ceasefire deal with Israel,  refuting claims from an Israeli official that they had agreed to halt fire early on Friday. "The news about a ceasefire is...
Assailants killed 14 Tunisian soldiers in an attack near the Algerian border, the government said Thursday, the worst such attack in the army's history as it presses a crackdown on Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists. The attack took place on Wednesday...
Afghanistan on Thursday began a massive audit of 8.1 million ballots cast in the run-off round of its controversial presidential vote, hours after a brazen Taliban raid on Kabul's airport.   The audit is aimed at reversing a destabilising...
Ukraine on Thursday hailed tougher Western sanctions against Russia over its alleged backing for pro-Moscow rebels as separatists inched towards talks with mediators on a potential ceasefire to halt the fighting.   The United States and Europe...