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At least five killed as first car bomb rocks Iraq’s Mosul since Islamic State ouster

BAGHDAD A car bomb blast near a restaurant in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul killed at least five people and wounded 14 others on Thursday, medical sources at a nearby hospital said. The Islamic State group, which once controlled a cross-border “caliphate” home to millions of people, lost control of …

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Palestinian youth shot dead by Israeli troops in border clashes: Gaza ministry

GAZA CITY A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the border of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said. Israel’s military said soldiers opened fire after “several suspects were spotted approaching the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and …

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Saudi-backed Yemen troops advance deeper into rebel-held Hodeida

ADEN (YEMEN) Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led coalition warplanes advanced inside rebel-held Hodeida Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians bracing for fighting in the streets of the Red Sea port city. After a week of intense battles with the Iran-backed Huthi insurgents on the outskirts of Hodeida, loyalist …

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Wintry weather, diplomacy cool down Gaza border protests

GAZA A seasonal shift in the weather and intensified international diplomacy are prompting Palestinians mounting protests along Gaza border with Israel to rethink their tactics. Since the demonstrations started more than seven months ago, protesters routinely made attempts to breach Israel’s frontier fence and launched incendiary balloons and kites that …

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FIFA to engage with Iran to lift ban on women in stadiums

BEIRUT World football’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday it would work with Iran to end a long-running ban on women attending matches but offered no insight on when to expect the breakthrough. FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura made the announcement after she met Maryam Qashqaei Shojaei, a prominent Iranian …

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US grants Iraq sanctions waiver to buy Iranian electricity

BAGHDAD (IRAQ) Iraq has won an exemption allowing it to buy Iranian electricity despite US sanctions, as the country plagued by chronic power shortages walks a tightrope between rivals Washington and Tehran. With US measures imposed Monday taking aim at Iran’s banking and energy industries, there were concerns Iraq — …

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Asia Bibi still in Pakistan, reports claiming otherwise ‘fake news’: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE Pakistani authorities on Thursday rejected as “fake news” reports that a Christian woman who was released from a jail a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy has left for the Netherlands. Asia Bibi, 47, acquitted in the blasphemy case was released, amid …

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