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Russia says its jets helping encircle IS-held town in SyriaRussian military says its aircraft are supporting Syrian army's offensive against IS in central province
The Associated Press22 minutes ago
FILE- In this March 22, 2017, file photo, a Federal Police stands next to unexploded bombs left by Islamic State group militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives. The coalition's unexploded bombs are only a small part of Mosul's problems. The bulk of the explosives have been hidden by IS fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement, even picking up a seemingly innocent children's toy, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or opening an oven door. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decadesIn wake of battles with Islamic State militants, Iraqi cities may faces decades of work to clear unexploded bombs and explosive traps left behind
The Associated Press5 hours ago
FILE- In this March 22, 2017, file photo, a Federal Police stands next to unexploded bombs left by Islamic State group militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives. The coalition's unexploded bombs are only a small part of Mosul's problems. The bulk of the explosives have been hidden by IS fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement, even picking up a seemingly innocent children's toy, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or opening an oven door. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in MosulThe top U.S. commander in Iraq says for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition
The Associated Press14 hours ago
FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the Israel museum in Jerusalem. Netanyahu came under mounting pressure Thursday to speak out against President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic outpouring in Charlottesville, Virginia. Netanyahu's near silence on the march staged by anti-Semitic white nationalists and Trump's assertion that "both sides" were responsible for the violence appears to reflect the Israeli leader's desire to remain in the good graces of the embattled U.S. president. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Israeli leader resists calls to criticize TrumpIsrael's Netanyahu resists calls to denounce Trump's response to violence, anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Syria claims business comeback with international trade fairSyria claims business comeback with first international trade fair since war erupted, sign of government confidence
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Lebanon prepares for Syria's post-war construction windfallLebanon seeks jump aboard wagon of Syria's reconstruction boom, once peace arrives
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Iraq government may prosecute those behind abuses in MosulIraqi prime minister's office says security forces behind abuses against Mosul civilians may be prosecuted
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Egypt blocks access to website of group supporting mediaEgypt block access to website of international media watchdog that provides support for journalists
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Detained, ailing Iran opposition leader ends hunger strikeSon of Iranian opposition leader under house arrest since 2011 says his father has ended his hunger strike
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in GazaGaza's Hamas rulers say their member was killed by suicide bomber as he tried to stop attacker from crossing into Egypt
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Jeddah, Dhu-AlQa dah 25, 1438, August 17, 2017, SPA -- In this image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets at the Peace Palace in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassem Al Thani. Saudi Arabia said Thursday it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj amid a monthslong rift between the neighboring countries that led to both sides trading accusations of politicizing the ritual. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrimsSaudi Arabia says it's reopening border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend hajj despite Doha-Riyadh rift
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Syrian actress who rallied crowds against Assad diesSyrian opposition reports death of Fadwa Suleiman, actress who took part in rallies against President Assad
The Associated Press1 day ago
UN envoy says Syria de-escalation zones 'so far positive'The U.N. envoy for Syria says the declaration of so-called de-escalation zones has been "so far positive," and hailed a Russian initiative to help bring aid to besieged Syrians
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israel to release tycoon, adviser arrested for corruptionIsraeli police say a prominent billionaire businessman and a political consultant arrested this week on an array of charges will be released under restrictive conditions
The Associated Press1 day ago
Israel destroys home of Palestinian who killed officerIsrael's military says forces have demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in attacks that killed a young female police officer in Jerusalem
The Associated Press1 day ago
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