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Khashoggi murder suspect identified by passport, not name – French source

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A Saudi man held at a Paris airport over suspected links to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested because his passport triggered...

Yemen’s Houthis target Aramco, other Saudi sites in missile, drone attacks

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Yemen's Houthi movement said on Tuesday it fired several ballistic missiles and 25 armed drones into Saudi Arabia, targeting Aramco oil facilities in Jeddah...

Cementing ties with France, UAE places $19 billion order for warplanes, helicopters

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The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets and 12 military helicopters on Friday, deepening economic and political ties with France through an...

Recovery in Yemen possible – UN agency

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War-torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in...

UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport – foreign diplomats

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The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle...
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Taliban hold military parade with US-made weapons in Kabul in show of strength

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Taliban forces held a military parade in Kabul on Sunday using captured American-made armoured vehicles and Russian helicopters in a display that showed their...

Aid group says 4 000 – 5 000 Afghans crossing into Iran daily

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As many as 4 000 - 5 000 Afghans have been crossing into Iran daily since the Taliban seized Kabul in August and hundreds...

Saudi gets first major arms deal under Biden with air-to-air missiles

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The US State Department approved its first major arms sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under US President Joe Biden with the sale...

UN urgently needs cash in Afghanistan, but struggles for solution

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The United Nations cannot get enough cash into Afghanistan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people on the brink of starvation and is...

China will not be the first to recognise Taliban government, scholar says

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China will not take the lead in recognising Afghanistan's Taliban government and will only do so in a concerted move with Pakistan, Russia and...
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Damascus bomb kills 14, then army shells fall on rebel area killing 12

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A blast on an army bus in Damascus on Wednesday killed 14 people, state media reported, the deadliest bombing in the Syrian capital in...
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Taliban pledge to step up security as Shi’ite victims buried in Afghanistan

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Taliban authorities pledged to step up security at Shi'ite mosques as hundreds of people gathered on Saturday to bury the victims of the second...

Turkey plans military action against Syrian Kurdish YPG if diplomacy fails

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Turkey is preparing for possible further military action against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria if talks on the issue with the United...
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Suicide bomber kills scores in Afghan mosque attack

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A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province on Friday, killing scores of worshippers in the country's third attack this week...

Taliban say four Islamic State members captured near Kabul

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Taliban forces raided an area west of Kabul and captured four members of an Islamic State cell, the movement's main spokesman said on Wednesday. The...

Saudi-led coalition says it foiled boat attacks in Yemen

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The Saudi-led coalition destroyed three explosives-laden boats in the Yemeni province of Hodeidah that had been readied for imminent attacks, the Saudi state-news agency...

Stranded at Tajik sanatorium, pregnant Afghan pilot fears for unborn baby

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She didn't forget the prenatal vitamins - that was one of the few things this US-trained Afghan pilot could grab from her Kabul airport...

Taliban say forces destroy Islamic State cell hours after Kabul blast

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Taliban government forces destroyed an Islamic State cell in the north of Kabul late on Sunday, a spokesperson for the movement said, after a...

Taliban says US drones must stop entering Afghanistan

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The Taliban on Wednesday warned of consequences if the United States did not stop flying drones over Afghan airspace. "The US has violated all international...

The Taliban vowed no revenge. One Afghan family tells a different story

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When the Taliban won back control of the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar last month, they set out to settle a score with an old foe. As...

UN issues new Syria war death toll, says 350 000 is an ‘undercount’

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At least 350 209 people have been killed in the decade-old war in Syria, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday in...

Hundreds protest in Kabul to demand release of Afghan foreign reserves

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Hundreds of people protested in Kabul on Friday, demanding that the United States release billions of dollars in central bank reserves blocked outside Afghanistan...

Palestinians urge Sudan to hand over confiscated assets

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The Palestinian Authority urged Sudan's government on Saturday to hand over assets it has seized as part of a crackdown targeting Sudan-based operations to...

Taliban say no al Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan's Taliban rulers said on Tuesday there was no evidence of Islamic State or al Qaeda militants being in the country, days after Islamic...
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Taliban replaces women’s ministry with ministry of virtue and vice

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Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police on Friday, as female...

UN envoy meets new Afghan interior minister wanted by US

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A UN envoy has met Afghanistan's new interior minister who was for years was one of the world's most wanted Islamist militants and is...

One month after fall of Kabul, economic crisis stalks Taliban

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A month after seizing Kabul, the Taliban face daunting problems as they seek to convert their lightning military victory into a durable peacetime government. After...

Afghan withdrawal raises questions about United States, Gulf Arab official says

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The United States' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has raised questions for its Arab allies in the Middle East about whether or not they can...

Analysis: As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick to provide relief

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As international donors gather in Geneva on Monday to discuss humanitarian relief for Afghanistan under Taliban rule, neighbours China and Pakistan have already reached out...
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Afghanistan commercial flights resume as UN accuses Taliban of harassment

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The first international commercial flight under Afghanistan's new Taliban interim government departed Kabul on Thursday carrying more than 100 foreigners, including some US citizens...
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Afghan journalists beaten in Taliban detention, editor says

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Two Afghan journalists were beaten in police custody this week after covering a protest by women in Kabul where they were detained by the...

Taliban interim government agrees to let foreigners leave Afghanistan

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Two hundred foreigners in Afghanistan, Americans among them, are set to depart on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government...

Syrian army enters birthplace of uprising under peace deal

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Syrian army troops entered Deraa al Balaad, the birthplace of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, for the first time since it lost...

Guarded reception for Taliban’s new Afghan government in Asia, Europe

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Germany, China and Japan offered a lukewarm reception on Wednesday to the Taliban's provisional government in Afghanistan, following the Islamist militants' lightning seizure of...
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Taliban fire in air to scatter hundreds of protesters in Kabul

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Taliban gunmen fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital Kabul, witnesses said, as video showed scores scurrying to...

Amnesty International says Syrian refugees tortured on return

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Amnesty International said on Tuesday Syrian refugees who returned home were subjected to torture, detention and disappearance by security forces, urging governments to protect...
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Taliban claim control of Panjshir, opposition says resistance will continue

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The Taliban claimed victory on Monday in the last part of Afghanistan still holding out against their rule, declaring that the capture of the...

Islamic State attack kills ten policemen near Iraq’s Kirkuk

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Islamic State militants killed ten Iraqi policemen and wounded four during an overnight attack on a guard post near the city of Kirkuk, police...

Syrian army resumes shelling of rebel enclave after collapse of deal

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Syrian army units backed by Iranian-backed militias resumed the shelling of a rebel enclave in southern Syria on Sunday after the collapse of Russia-brokered...
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Taliban claim control of Panjshir, promise formation of government ‘soon’

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The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group's takeover...

‘They’ll kill us’ – Afghan pilots at Uzbek camp fear deadly homecoming

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The US-trained Afghan pilots and others held at a camp in Uzbekistan already feared being sent back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. So it was little...
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Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government in Kabul

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Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist...

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian dead in Gaza border clashes

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Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian along the Gaza border on Thursday as hundreds set fire to tyres and threw stones, Gaza's health...
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Taliban prepare to announce new Afghan government amid economic turmoil

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Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers were preparing their government on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia's capture of Kabul brought a chaotic...
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With Kabul airport closed, fearful Afghans rush for the border

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Thousands of people trying to flee Afghanistan rushed to its borders on Wednesday as an administrative vacuum after the Taliban's takeover left foreign donors...

Qatar warns isolating Taliban could further destabilize Afghanistan

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Qatar's foreign minister on Tuesday warned that isolating the Taliban could lead to further instability and urged countries to engage with the hardline Islamist...

Syrian army steps up offensive on rebel redoubt in southwestern city

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Syrian elite forces aided by pro-Iranian militias stepped up an offensive on Tuesday against a rebel enclave in a southwestern pocket bordering Jordan and...
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Taliban hail victory with gunfire after last US troops leave Afghanistan

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Celebratory gunfire resounded across the Afghan capital on Tuesday as the Taliban took control of the airport following the withdrawal of the last US troops, marking the end of...

Explainer: What happens now that US troops have left Afghanistan?

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For the first time since 2001 there are no American troops in Afghanistan after the United States completed the evacuation of most of its...
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Rockets target US troops as final Kabul withdrawal begins, core diplomats fly out

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US anti-missile defences intercepted rockets fired at Kabul's airport early on Monday, as the United States flew its core diplomats out of Afghanistan in...

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