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Iraqi ground forces have secured the perimeter around the country’s biggest oil refinery and entered the vast complex amid heavy clashes with ISIL militants, said a senior Iraqi military official.
Sanaa - Agence France-Presse
Saudi Arabia has pledged to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, which has also been the target of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.
BEIRUT - Reuters
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Turkish military and logistical support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwestern city of Idlib last month
A car bombing claimed by ISIL killed three people, including two Turkish citizens, at a Turkish cafetaria outside the U.S. consulate in northern Iraq on April 17.
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
Iran is to appoint a woman ambassador for the first time since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to unconfirmed media reports April 15.
ANKARA / ARBIL
Ongoing tension between Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is gradually growing, with the former accusing the latter of “treason” against the homeland.
BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
Poverty, gender discrimination and violence are keeping more than 12 million children in the Middle East out of school, despite efforts to expand education, the UN children's agency warned April 15.
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
Iraq’s largest refinery in Baiji is not “at risk” despite an offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group that has breached parts of the facility, the U.S. military’s top general said on April 16
AMMAN - Reuters
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have largely withdrawn from a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus after expelling their main rival, several residents and a Palestinian official said on April 15
New rules in Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, have left many thousands of them at risk of abuse from landlords and detention at any time, aid workers and a rights group has said
CAIRO - Agence France-Presse
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are considering holding joint military manoeuvres in the kingdom as the allies carry out air strikes in its neighbour Yemen, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's office said.
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