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What next in Syria’s Idlib?

BEIRUT: Syria’s northern province of Idlib is home to the last major rebel bastion in the country, and part of it could be the next target of Russian-backed government forces.…

Iraq religious tourism hit by Iran sanctions

BAGHADA: With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighboring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay…

Turkey will emerge stronger: Minister

Turkish banks are healthy and strong – Albayrak ISTANBUL: Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors yesterday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting that the country’s…

Qatar to invest $15bn in Turkey as Sheikh Tamim meets Erdogan

Ankara slaps retaliatory tariff hikes on key US products ANKARA: Qatar yesterday promised to make a $15 billion direct investment in Turkey which was hit by a currency crisis amid…

Israel reopens Gaza crossing; Egypt and UN push for truce

The crossing – a vital lifeline for Gazans GAZA: Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip yesterday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over…

In Syria’s Golan, Russia forces seek a handover to UN

GOLAN HEIGHTS: Near an abandoned United Nations observation point whose wall had been riddled with bullets, Syrian and Russian policemen gazed across the Golan Heights near the Israeli border. The…

UAE aims to wipe out Qaeda branch

MUKALLA: The United Arab Emirates, a key player in Yemen’s war, says it is determined to wipe out Al-Qaeda in the country and denies making deals with the jihadists. The…

Rights groups slam Egypt – five years after deadly crackdown

BEIRUT: Global rights groups have slammed Egyptian authorities for failing to prosecute members of the security forces over a bloody 2013 crackdown on protesters that left hundreds dead. Five years…

Jordan: Militants who attacked police support IS

AMMAN: Militants behind an attack on Jordanian police supported Islamic State and investigations had revealed plans for more attacks on security and civilian targets, Jordan’s interior minister said yesterday. Jordanian…

Khamenei vows ‘no war, no negotiations with the US’

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader said yesterday there would be neither war nor negotiations with the United States, and that the country’s problems were the result of government mismanagement more than…

Reunited post-Aleppo battle, Syrian medics mete out ‘hope’

AL GHANDURA: Her scarred hands wrapped in gloves, Malakeh Harbaliyya lifted an infant out of an incubator at a hospital in Syria’s rural north, holding him gently as he guzzled…

Death toll in Syria arms depot blast increases to 69

BEIRUT: The death toll of an explosion at a weapons depot in northwestern Syria has risen to 69, mostly civilians including 17 children, a monitor said yesterday as search operations…