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Syrian air strike kills two Islamic State commanders

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army has killed two Islamic State commanders in an air strike in central Syria along with at least 24 other members of the ultra-hardline group, a monitoring group said on Saturday.<p>Syrian state media reported the death of one of the Islamic State commanders killed in …

Middle East

IS destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, …

ISIL fighters destroy another world heritage Iraqi site

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have bulldozed the ancient city of Hatra, Iraqi officials say.<p>In a statement posted on its website on Saturday, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities quoted media outlets about the "looting and destruction of the ruins of the ancient …

Isis militants destroy remains of Hatra in northern Iraq

Islamic State militants have bulldozed ancient remains of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra in northern Iraq.<p>An official said the tourism and antiquities ministry had received reports from its employees in Mosul, which is controlled by the radical Islamist group, that the site at Hatra had been …

Mesopotamia

US claims its air strikes enabled Iraqi push poised to retake Tikrit from Isis

Isis militants destroy remains of Hatra in northern Iraq<p>Read more<p>The one-two punch of Iranian-backed militias and Iraqi government troops is likely to prevail in the unfolding battle for Tikrit, but it would not have been possible if US air strikes had not tied down Islamic State (Isis) fighters …

IS attacks Christian villages in northeastern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants attacked a string of predominantly Christian villages in northeastern Syria on Saturday, touching off heavy …

U.N. chief disappointed by failure of South Sudan peace talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed deep disappointment after troubled talks to end more than a year of bloodshed in South Sudan broke off without a deal a day earlier.<p>United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attends the 69th General Assembly …

South Sudan

France honors Chicago-area World War II veteran

Almost 71 years ago, Leonard Goldstein stormed a Normandy beach during the D-Day invasion. On Saturday, the 100-year-old veteran received the Legion of Honor from the French government for his bravery.<p>Goldstein, who was born in Chicago and raised his family in Skokie, was one of many soldiers who …

UK police defend actions over teenage girls who flew to Syria

LONDON (Reuters) - British police on Saturday denied accusations that they had failed to pass on crucial information that could have allowed families to stop three teenage girls from traveling to Syria to join Islamic State militants.<p>British teenage girls Shamima Begun, Amira Abase and Kadiza …

Teens

Egypt carries out first death sentence after mass trials of Morsi supporters

Mahmoud Ramadan hanged in Cairo after conviction last year for throwing teenager off apartment block<p>An Egyptian man has been executed for pushing a teenager from a building, the first time that Egypt has enacted any of the death sentences given to hundreds of people accused of taking part in the …

How a US-Iran nuclear deal might transform the balance of power in the Middle East

Israel and the Arab powers could respond by escalating their proxy wars against Iran, writes David Blair<p>The silver-haired man with a deceptively mild manner stood before a map as deferential officers briefed him on their offensive.<p>Afterwards, General Qassem Suleimani embarked on a triumphant tour …

Colombia landmines: Farc to help army clear minefields

<b>Colombia's government and Farc rebels have agreed to work together to remove landmines in rural areas of the country where they have fought since the 1960s.</b><p>The announcement was made in Cuba, where both sides have been engaged in peace talks for more than two years.<p>Under the deal, Farc rebels will …