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Russia ‘misled’ by Israel over jet downing in Syria

MOSCOW: Russia’s military yesterday blamed “misleading” information from the Israeli air force for the downing of one of its planes in Syria last week, and denounced the “adventurism” of Israeli…

Jihadist group rejects deal for Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT: A jihadist faction in the Idlib region of northwestern Syria has rejected a Turkish-Russian deal that requires “radical” insurgents to withdraw from a demilitarized zone, and urged rebels to…

Iran vows ‘crushing response’ after 29 killed at army parade

Arab group, IS claim responsibility – Khamenei blames Tehran’s pro-US rivals TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed a “crushing” response after assailants sprayed a crowd with gunfire, shooting dead at…

Yemenis faces starvation, aid agencies warn

UNITED NATIONS: International aid agencies are losing the fight against famine in Yemen, where 3.5 million people may soon be added to the eight million Yemenis already facing starvation, the…

Jeans and chadors as Tehran marks Ashura

The two settings reflect the increasingly contrast of Iran TEHRAN: A troupe acts out a scene from Islam’s first century at a crowded tent in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, while in…

Turkey cuts investment criteria for foreigners seeking citizenship

Turkey, US relations will strengthen with investment and trade: Erdogan ANKARA: Turkey yesterday made it easier for foreigners to become Turkish citizens by cutting the financial and investment criteria required…

Backlash after street named for Hariri assassin

BEIRUT: Politics is playing out in a street of the Lebanese capital, with the naming of a road after a Hezbollah commander accused of masterminding the assassination of prime minister…

Syria downs Russian military plane during Israeli air strike

Moscow blames Israel, summons envoy – Bibi vows to stop Iran – US expresses ‘sorrow’ BEIRUT: Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military aircraft, killing all 15 crewmembers, when its…

Fearing attacks from above, Syrians head underground

Idlib residents bracing for Russian-backed government offensive KAFR AIN, Syria: The grotto in northwestern Syria has already saved his children’s lives once. Fearing more air attacks, Abdulmonem is expanding the…

24 Bahais could face death penalty in Yemen: Amnesty

Rebels accuse Saudi, allies of targeting food warehouses DUBAI: Twenty-four Yemenis, including a teenage girl, could face the death penalty in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on charges linked to their…

Russia says no Syria assault as Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

Ankara to increase troop numbers in Cyprus – Qatari leader gifts luxury plane to Turkey SOCHI, Russia: Moscow said yesterday there would be no assault on Syria’s Idlib as the…

US confirms further Palestinian aid cut

JERUSALEM: The United States has cut additional aid to the Palestinians for programs supporting conflict resolution with Israelis, an official said yesterday, adding to more than $500 million in other…