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Airstrikes killed 28 at Yemen wedding party

Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shia rebels hit a wedding party on Monday in south western Yemen, which killed at least 28 people and dozens are wounded. Many of the victims were women and children, according to Yemeni security officials. Witnesses said the aircraft targeted two tents where the wedding party was held for a local man with the Houthis. Yemeni officials ...

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels gave gear to al-Qaeda group

  U.S.-trained rebels in Syria handed over American-supplied vehicles and ammunition to an al-Qaeda linked group, the Pentagon said Friday in the latest blow to a program plagued by problems since its inception. The rebels surrendered six pickups and ammunition to an “intermediary” for the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front in Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement. The equipment was about a ...

JOHN BOEHNER WOULD LEAVE THE JOB AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, stunned Republicans on Friday, saying he would resign at the end of October, stepping aside from one of the most powerful jobs in Washington in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis. A constant focus of conservatives’ complaints, Boehner was facing the threat of a ...

KERRY.U.S.READY TO TAKE MORE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA

The United States will increase the number of refugees it takes in by 15,000 over each of the next two years, bringing the total to 100,000 by 2017, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after talks with his German counterpart on Sunday.The remarks may show increasing U.S. willingness to help cope with the mass migration of Syrians although the ...

Bishop arranged to meet with Egyptian counterpart

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has arranged to meet with her Egyptian counterpart to discuss a pardon for journalist Peter Greste. The Australian journalist’s fellow Al Jazeera reporters Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been pardoned and freed from prison in Egypt. But Mr Greste’s name was not on the list of pardons, meaning he is still a convicted criminal. Ms ...

More than 700 pilgrims were killed in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca

More than 700 pilgrims from around the world were killed in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage for 25 years. At least 863 others were injured at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, when two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads ...

Lebanon To Provide Education For Up To 200,000 Syrian Refugees This Year

Lebanon is to provide schooling for tens of thousands more children this year including Syrian refugees, the education ministry said on Monday, as the country tries to cope with the effects of the war next door. Funding from international donors, UN refugee agency UNHCR and children’s fund UNICEF could see up to 100,000 more Syrian children, twice the number of ...

Egypt Military Winds Down Sinai Campaign Against IS

Egypt’s military announced Wednesday it was winding down its largest campaign in the Sinai against Islamists, following a 16-day operation in which it said scores of Islamic State group jihadists were killed. The army said the campaign in the Sinai Peninsula had “achieved its goals” in destroying militant hideouts and equipment, in joint operations by special forces, armored divisions and ...

Putin warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas were the guests of honour at the unveiling of the 20,000-square metre mosque in the ...

Malcolm Turnbull calls all Australians to make a “cultural shift” and stop disrespecting women

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on all Australians to make a “cultural shift” and stop disrespecting women, declaring that gender inequality lies at the heart of domestic violence. In comments that have been labelled a “gamechanger” for the fight against domestic violence, Mr Turnbull called on parents, teachers and employers to get on board the culture change, saying he wanted Australia to ...