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U.S. leads 16 air strikes in Syria, seven in Iraq: military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria, most of them around Kobani near the Turkish border, and seven in the oil-producing northern region of Iraq since Monday, the U.S. Central Command said.<p>An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani, November …

Former Egyptian antiquities minister faces questions over theft from pyramid

The world’s most famous contemporary Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass, has been summoned for questioning over claims that he helped three German hobbyists steal rock samples from inside Egypt’s largest pyramid. Hawass denies the charges, saying “there is nothing against me”.<p>In April 2013, the three …

India mass sterilisation: ‘my wife died in tremendous pain’

Thirteen women who died in a mass sterilisation campaign in India spent their last hours in “tremendous pain”, relatives have said.<p>About 80 women attended the free government-run camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday where they underwent laparoscopic tubectomies, usually a …

Russia's nuclear deal with Iran creates concern in West

Russia signed a nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday that prompted anxiety in the West because it appeared to open the way for Tehran to potentially supply domestically produced fuel for its own nuclear reactors.<p>Officials of Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear company, said they had agreed to build two …

South Asia

Israeli security officer arrested in connection with fatal shooting of Palestinian teens

A member of the Israeli security forces has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager, police said Wednesday.<p>The development comes as Israeli police are on the defensive over the recent fatal shootings of Palestinians who rammed cars into crowds of tramway …

Ukraine violence flares as ceasefire collapses

Gunfire crackles and flames scar battlefields in eastern Ukraine -- signs, officials warn, of a crumbling ceasefire in the volatile region.<p>And there's new fear that the long simmering battle may be about to explode to a deadly new level.<p>Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander …

Iran denies nuclear scientist killed in Syria: IRNA

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran denied on Wednesday a monitoring group’s report that an Iranian nuclear scientist had been killed in Syria last week, according to the official IRNA news agency.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday five nuclear engineers, four of them Syrian and one …

India mass sterilisation: women were ‘forced’ into camps, say relatives

Relatives of the 12 women who died after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in India went horribly wrong have told local media they were forced by health workers to attend the camp.<p>More than 80 women underwent surgery for laparoscopic tubectomies at a free government-run camp in the central …

Bomb attacks kill 23 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces made significant advances on Wednesday in an effort to break an Islamic State siege of the country’s biggest refinery just outside the city of Baiji, an army commander and state television said.<p>Backed by Shi’ite militias, government forces have seized 60 …

Ukraine's military readies to pull back big guns after fall-off in separatist fire

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s military said on Monday it was pulling back artillery and heavy armor from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives.<p>A Ukrainian serviceman is pictured next to an armoured vehicle …

US Says Russia Tested A Cruise Missile In Violation Of Cold War Treaty

The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles).<p>Senior American officials told The New York Times that Russia tested a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile.<p>"The United States has determined …

Gaza truce holding as 10,000 Israelis join protests in Tel Aviv

A fragile ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel enters its second day Friday, as thousands of Israelis call on government and army to end Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza once and for all<p>A fragile ceasefire extension between Hamas and Israel entered its second day Friday as the two sides …

Moldova fights back against Russia's food bans

As Moscow’s embargoes on Moldovan products begin to bite, Chișinău has announced a raft of measures to limit the damage. Is it enough to stop anger against the government – and the EU – from spreading? EurasiaNet reports<p>Apple-picking season is underway in Moldova, but Vasile Nitrean, a farmer in …

Israel's military says Patriot missile shot down drone from Syria

Israel's air force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle that entered the nation's airspace over the Syrian border Sunday, Israeli military officials said.<p>According to an army statement, the drone crossed the border near Quneitra and was destroyed by a Patriot surface-to-air missile.<p>Defense Minister …