Middle East/North Africa

Morocco summons Algeria envoy over Syrian refugees

23 Apr 2017
Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It said 54 Syrians...
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26 hostages, including Qatari royals, freed in bargain

23 Apr 2017
Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years...
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Syrian evacuee swap proceeds after tense delay

23 Apr 2017
Ten buses carrying people from rebel-encircled towns headed for government-held Aleppo on Friday after waiting 48 hours at a staging area where 126 people were killed last weekend in a suicide bombing. At the same time, five buses...
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Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowances

23 Apr 2017
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures. "The royal order returns all allowances, financial...
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Lebanese army says Islamic State leader killed, 10 arrested near border

23 Apr 2017
A local Islamic State leader was killed on Saturday during a dawn raid by the Lebanese army in which troops arrested 10 suspected militants who had entered a northeastern border town from Syria, the army said. No soldiers were reported...
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Lebanese army arrests 10 suspected militants in raid near Syrian border

22 Apr 2017
Lebanon's army said it arrested ten suspected members of militant groups on Saturday after they came over the northeastern border from Syria, and a security source said a local Islamic State leader was killed in the same raid. No army...
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Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base: govt

22 Apr 2017
More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said Saturday. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were...
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Heavy security in Tehran as campaigning starts for Iran's May presidential vote

21 Apr 2017
Campaigning officially started on Friday for Iran's May presidential election, pitting pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani against hardliners just as the United States reassesses its policy on the Islamic Republic. A hardline watchdog...
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Syria evacuees on move again after 48-hour delay

21 Apr 2017
Hundreds of frightened Syrian evacuees were on the move again Friday after being blocked for 48 hours at a transit point where a bomber killed dozens of their fellow townspeople. Ten of the 45 buses carrying civilians and loyalist fighters...
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Pakistan's top court orders PM be investigated for corruption

20 Apr 2017
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given a reprieve Thursday when the Supreme Court ordered he be investigated for corruption, but ruled there was not yet sufficient evidence to oust him from power. Sharif and his children are...
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