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Iraqi troops flee as key city of Ramadi falls to ISIS

ISIS fighters seized control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi Sunday, sending government forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment purportedly speeding out of Ramadi, with some soldiers gripping onto their sides. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security forces not ...

Egypt media criticism of Sisi raises questions on allies’ support

Newspapers which once showered Sisi with praise have started complaining about man whose grand ambitions span the eradication of militant Islam, and the turning of Egypt into an economic powerhouse. CAIRO – Unprecedented media criticism of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggests he may no longer enjoy unquestioning support from the diverse groups that helped him to stage an army ...

US: Iran fired on Singaporean cargo ship in Persian Gulf

An Iranian naval patrol boat fired on a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an apparent attempt to disable it over a financial dispute over damage to an Iranian oil platform, a U.S. official said. The Iranians initially fired warning shots after the MT Alpine Eternity refused to move into Iranian waters. The incident took place ...

Hezbollah targets rebel pockets around Qalamoun peak

Hezbollah and the Syrian army Thursday swept areas surrounding the Qalamoun region’s highest peak for “remaining pockets” of jihadis, one day after capturing the strategic territory in fierce fighting that left dozens of militants dead. Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar TV said that Hezbollah and the Syrian army were “clearing” areas around Tallit Moussa and the nearby Jabal al-Barouh for rebel fighters. Al-Manar ...

Assad knew about Samaha plot, video indicates

A video broadcast by Lebanese TV channels Thursday showed former minister Michel Samaha and undercover police informant Milad Kfoury discussing plans to carry out explosions, indicating that Syrian President Bashar Assad was aware of the operation. Both MTV and LBCI broadcast videos showing a conversation between Kfoury and Samaha, during which Samaha talks about the quantities of explosives that he ...

Moroccan warplane has crashed on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen

A Moroccan F-16 warplane has crashed while on a mission with Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, a Saudi military spokesman said on Monday, and Yemen’s dominant Houthi militia said tribesmen shot down the aircraft. The loss of the Moroccan military jet and intensifying volleys of heavy-weapons fire across the border between the Iran-allied Houthis and Saudi forces could endanger a ...

An Australian teenager has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences

An Australian teenager who was allegedly planning a bomb attack has appeared in children’s court charged with terrorism offences. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in a raid on his home in Melbourne’s northern suburbs on Friday. Police said his arrest halted a plot to detonate three homemade bombs in the city. He was remanded ...

9 areas in budget 2015 are expected to see significant changes

On May 12 the Federal Government will unveil its second budget — one that is expected to be far different from last year’s “budget repair job”. While Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have stressed the new budget will be “dull and routine”, there are several areas which are expected to see significant changes. Below are nine things ...

A suicide bomber blew himself targeting Syrian military supplies

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday in a central neighborhood of the Syrian capital targeting the head of Syrian military supplies. The blast occurred in an area where major security compounds are housed, according to a Syrian army source speaking to Reuters news agency. The army source told state television the security forces had killed all the members ...

Israel’s prime minister: Racism in the country must be eliminated

Israel’s prime minister has said racism in the country must be eliminated, after protests by Ethiopian Israelis against alleged discrimination. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke after meeting Ethiopian Israeli community leaders and an Ethiopian Israeli soldier, whose beating by police has fuelled tensions. A protest by Ethiopian Israelis on Sunday ended in clashes with police. Israel’s president said the community’s grievances “revealed ...