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Kerry tells Saudis war in Yemen should end now

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an end to Yemen’s 17-month conflict in his meetings with Saudi Arabian officials.

“This war needs to end and it needs to end as quickly as possible,” Kerry said on Thursday after having a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and his other (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council counterparts, Britain’s Foreign Office junior minister Tobias Ellwood and UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to Yemen. 263 more words


China will provide Syrian military with 'medical training'

China says it will provide the Syrian military with “medical and nursing professional training,” urging a political solution to the conflict in the Arab country. 166 more words


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Iran says security forces killed senior spy

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi says Iranian forces have killed a senior spy working for foreign intelligence services to destabilize the borders.

“The trace of spying agencies is seen in creating certain security challenges in the country’s borders,” Alavi said in the holy city of Qom on Thursday, Press TV reported. 147 more words


Many dead, wounded as blast rocks Turkey’s Sirnak: Sources

At least nine people have been killed after a car bomb attack targeted a security checkpoint in the southeastern province of Sirnak, sources say.

The Thursday bomb attack, which caused severe damage to the headquarters of the special anti-riot police force in the town Cizre, also left some 64 people wounded, according to hospital sources. 131 more words


Military operations in Syria must be coordinated with Damascus: Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry says any military action in Syria against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists must be coordinated with the Damascus government.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly declared that the fight against terrorist groups on Syrian soil must take place in coordination with the central government, and must respect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as a fundamental principle of the international law,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Thursday. 272 more words