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European agency issues alert to airlines following Russian missile strikes in Syria

Russia’s long-range missile strikes against targets in Syria have prompted aviation safety authorities to issue a safety alert to airlines flying in Iraq, Iran, and over the Caspian Sea amid growing concerns about the risk to commercial flying near conflict zones.<p>Russia this week said it fired …

Middle East

Pregnant mother and baby killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

The deaths come as violence between Israelis and Palestinians, which began in east Jerusalem and the West Bank several days ago, threatened to spiral out of control<p>An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian mother and daughter in Gaza on Sunday and police said a Palestinian detonated an explosive …

Israel

Migrant crisis will make Germany stronger: refugee coordinator

The ongoing refugee crisis could result in a stronger Germany, the country's new coordinator for refugees says. But he called for migrant policy to …

North Africa

Kim Jong Un: North Korea ready for ‘any kind of war’ against U.S.

TOKYO — Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that North Korea was ready to fight “any kind of war” waged by the United States, as he presided over a huge military parade in the center of Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.<p>The highly orchestrated event included …

North Korea

Taliban claims responsibility for attack on foreign fighters in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber has targeted a Western military convoy in Kabul, just days after the militant group overtook a key northern city . The number of …

Afghanistan

Manhunt begins in Turkey for authors of nation's worst-ever terrorist atrocity

Turkey is reeling from its worst-ever terrorist attack, which left 95 people dead and nearly 250 injured, 48 seriously.<p>Eyewitnesses say two suicide bombers attacked a peace rally held by the progressive HDP party, which supports the Kurds, but this has not been confirmed. No-one has yet claimed …

World will pass crucial 2C global warming limit, experts warn

Pledges by nations to cut carbon emissions will fall far short of those needed to prevent global temperatures rising by more than the crucial 2C by the end of the century. This is the stark conclusion of climate experts who have analysed submissions in the runup to the Paris climate talks later …

Climate
Donald Trump
Middle East

Taliban car bomb targets British military convoy in Afghan capital and wounds three civilians

Three civilians including a child were injured but no British troops were hurt during the powerful explosion in Kabul<p>A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a British forces convoy in central Kabul on Sunday, triggering a powerful explosion in an attack that comes two weeks after the resurgent militant …

Afghanistan
Middle East
Afghanistan

Syrian troops advance on insurgents as Putin defends airstrikes

Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes advanced against insurgents in the center of the country as President Vladimir Putin defended Moscow's intervention in the conflict, saying it would aid efforts to reach a political settlement.<p>Putin said Moscow's objective was to stabilize the Syrian …

Ankara Suicide Attack Plunges Turkey Deeper Into Turmoil, Hardens Political Divide

Death toll rises to 97 in Saturday bombings<p>Weekend suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital deepened turmoil and political polarization in a country that is central to both the battle against extremist group Islamic State and the migrant crisis in Europe.<p>On Sunday, …

South Asia

Obama Says U.S. Knew Russian Military Planned to Intervene in Syria

The United States had “pretty good intelligence” that Russia intended to intervene militarily in Syria before President Barack Obama met with Russian …

Russia
Israel

Iraqi military claims to have killed several senior ISIL members including leader al - Baghdadi

Iraq’s air force claims to have killed eight senior members of the the Islamic extremist group known as ISIL. Leader Abu Bakr al -Baghdadi was initially said to have been among those killed but his fate remains unknown.<p>Iraq’s military released this footage of one of the three strikes launch on …

Middle East

Hundreds march for Mississippi flag change

JACKSON, Miss. — Sharon Brown, who proposed the initiative that seeks to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, said she's doing it for her mother.<p>"Mother is the reason why this is taking place; she indicated that, ‘you and your sister better stand up,’ so we’re standing up for a …

State Constitutions
Israel

Syria tops agenda for EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg

European Union foreign ministers have gathered in Luxembourg for talks that will largely focus on the Syrian conflict. The bloc is above all divided …

Middle East

Syrian troops make gains as Putin defends air strikes

Syrian troops backed by Russian air strikes have advanced against fighters in the centre of the country as Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Moscow's intervention in the conflict, saying it would aid efforts to reach a political settlement.<p>Putin said his country's objective was to stabilise …

Middle East
Middle East
China

Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran has successfully test-fired a new precision-guided, long-range missile, state-run media reported on Sunday.<p>The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country's first long-range missile that can be precision-guided until it reaches its …

North Korea

Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian Convicted in Iran

Jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted in Iran, according to the country's judiciary and his newspaper.<p>Rezaian, a dual American-Iranian citizen, was detained for more than 445 days — longer than the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. His family and the newspaper insist the …

South Asia