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Beijing warns Washington against naval patrols in South China Sea

China has once again warned the United States against any military activities in the South China Sea, as reports have emerged that Washington is planning to conduct fresh naval patrols in the disputed area. In a news briefing on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said tensions in the ...

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Famine ‘threatens hundreds of thousands’ in Somalia

The United Nations (UN)’s former special representative for Somalia has warned of the looming threat of famine in the Horn of Africa country, calling for immediate action to stop a potential humanitarian disaster. British diplomat Nicholas Kay, who until recently served as the UN’s envoy for Somalia, said on Wednesday ...

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Yemeni forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport

Yemeni army forces and allied fighters have fired a ballistic missile at an airport inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the kingdom’s bombing of a funeral which killed at least nine civilians on Wednesday.  A Yemeni military source told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the medium-range projectile was fired at the Abha ...

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Syrian president vows to liberate ‘every inch’ of country

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has underlined his government’s determination to liberate “every inch” of Syria held by foreign-backed militants. In a Thursday interview with French media, Assad said the liberation of the northern city of Raqqah is not the only priority for his government, noting that “Raqqah is a symbol.” “You ...

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Daesh governor of Mosul, other leaders killed

More than a dozen members of the Daesh terrorist group have been killed in a string of operations carried out by the Iraqi air force in the country’s northern province of Nineveh. According to an Iraqi Defense Ministry statement, 15 Daesh terrorists were killed after Iraqi aircraft struck militant outposts near Mosul on ...

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Bahraini court sentences 5 anti-regime activists to life in jail

A court in Bahrain has sentenced five people to life imprisonment over alleged involvement in attacks against Al Khalifah regime forces and possession of explosives. Bahrain’s High Criminal Court ruled on Wednesday that the accused had carried out a bombing attack against regime forces, possessed and produced explosives without license, and destroyed public properties, ...

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Netanyahu urges US to recognize Golan as part of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the administration of US President Donald Trump to recognize Syria’s Golan Heights as part of the Israeli territory. Israel occupied the Golan Heights and then annexed it in 1981 in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. Neither has the ...

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