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Middle East

Syrian Kurds' military gains stir unease

A Kurdish fighter.With a string of military gains across northeastern Syria, a Kurdish militia is solidifying a geographic and political presence in the war-torn country, posing a dilemma for regional powers.
 

Yemen ceasefire deal violated a day after coming into force

An armed Yemeni tribesman.A government-brokered ceasefire intended to halt days of clashes in northern Yemen between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim fighters has been violated a day after it came into force, an official said on Monday.
   

Nine go on trial for plotting to kill Yemeni president

Yemeni president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.Nine suspected al Qaeda members went on trial in Yemen on Sunday, accused of plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, kill military and security officers and kidnap foreigners, state news agency Saba reported.
   

Sunni-Shi’ite tension biggest threat to world security, Iran says

Iran says tensions between Sunnis and Shiites is the greatest threat to world security.Tension between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims is the biggest threat to world security, Iran’s foreign minister said in comments published on Monday, accusing Sunni Arab countries of “fanning the flames” of sectarian conflict.
   

Syrian army breaks rebel hold on southern Damascus suburbs

Syrian military vehicles.The Syrian army and loyalist fighters on Thursday captured a strategic southern suburb of Damascus, threatening rebel control of the wider area and cutting off a supply route for insurgents around the capital, opposition activists said.
   

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