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Syria force says 'thousands' still inside last IS pocket

Syria force says 'thousands' still inside last IS pocket
Baghouz - 

US-backed forces said Sunday thousands of people were believed to still be inside the last Islamic State group enclave in eastern Syria, as they sought to flush out die-hard fighters with airstrikes and shelling.

Crisis, what crisis? Qatari love of luxury going strong

Crisis, what crisis? Qatari love of luxury going strong
Doha - 

Abdulla Sager al-Khori has little doubt about the significance of a luxury watch when it comes to fashion -- and making a statement -- even in the thick of Qatar's diplomatic crisis.

Iran FM Zarif announces resignation on Instagram

Iran FM Zarif announces resignation on Instagram
Tehran - 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was the lead negotiator in a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, has abruptly tendered his resignation, although there was no sign President Hassan Rouhani had accepted it.

2,500 foreign children in northeast Syria camps: charity

2,500 foreign children in northeast Syria camps: charity
Beirut - 

More than 2,500 foreign children from 30 countries who have fled the Islamic State group's last redoubts are living in desperate conditions in camps in northeastern Syria, Save the Children said Thursday.

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives
Riyadh - 

Saudi Arabia on Saturday defended a mobile app that allows men in the kingdom to track female relatives after rights groups and a US lawmaker criticised tech giants for offering it.

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Abu Dhabi - 

Pope Francis held a historic public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at a stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, capping the first ever papal visit to the Gulf where Islam was born.

UN set for Yemen truce talks aboard ship

UN set for Yemen truce talks aboard ship

United Nations - 

The head of the UN mission in Yemen boarded a vessel on Saturday that will be the venue for key talks between the government and Huthi rebels on shoring up a ceasefire.

Iran in 'successful test' of new cruise missile on revolution anniversary

Iran in 'successful test' of new cruise missile on revolution anniversary

Tehran - 

Iran announced the "successful test" of a new cruise missile with a range of over 1,350 kilometres on Saturday, coinciding with celebrations for the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.

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