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August 22, 2017
IS-held Raqa 'worst place' in Syria: UN
Geneva (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Territory still controlled by the Islamic State group in Raqa is "the worst place" in Syria, the UN said Thursday, as fresh reports emerged of more civilians killed by US-led coalition air strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 children were among at least 59 civilians killed since Monday in the air strikes aimed at dislodging the jihadists from Raqa. "The worst place probably today in Syria is the part of Raqa that is still held by the so-called Islamic state," the UN's huma ... read more

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US-led strikes kill 17 in Syria's Raqa: monitor
US-led coalition air strikes on the Islamic State group's remaining territory in Syria's Raqa city killed 17 civilians on Wednesday, including children, a monitor said. ... more
Colombia gives protection to demobilized FARC
Colombia announced plans Wednesday to protect demobilized members of the FARC rebel force, whose leaders say some of their ex-fighters have been murdered. ... more
Syrian rebels say they downed regime plane, captured pilot
A Syrian rebel group said it shot down a government warplane on Tuesday and captured its pilot alive near a ceasefire zone in the war-ravaged country's south. ... more
Conflicts in Syria, Iraq far from over despite IS setbacks
Despite the recapture of swathes of territory from the Islamic State group, the conflicts in Iraq and Syria are far from over as their governments face major political challenges, experts warn. ... more
Philippines' communist rebellion: a new generation
A kerosene lamp flickers beside a Macbook in a jungle camp as ageing Philippine communist leader Jaime Padilla plots the next step in one of Asia's oldest insurgencies with a new generation of fighters. ... more
Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away
President Juan Manuel Santos declared Colombia's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas finally over on Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down. ... more
Yemen air raids exceed rate last year: UN
The number of air strikes on Yemen in the first half of 2017 has already exceeded the total for 12 months last year, according to a UN report released Monday. ... more
Book gives voice to Vietnam's strangled anger over war
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Colombia FARC rebels want to form pro football club
Demobilized fighters from Colombia's leftist FARC rebels want to form a professional league football club, officials said Friday. ... more
Dozens dead in central Syria as IS battles regime push: monitor
Dozens of regime forces and jihadists have been killed in central Syria as the Islamic State group strives to hold off a regime advance there, a monitor said Wednesday. ... more
Philippine military needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats: Duterte
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lawmakers to approve the recruiting of 20,000 more soldiers to tackle increased security threats following a bloody urban siege in the south, his spokesman said Sunday. ... more
Attack on UN office in Colombia injures police officer
A police officer was injured Sunday in an attack on a UN mission monitoring the disarming of FARC rebels in Colombia as part of the group's peace deal with the government, authorities said. ... more
US special forces supporting ops against AQAP in Yemen
US special operations forces are helping Emirati and local forces as they conduct new operations against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, the Pentagon said Friday. ... more
US calls off rescue for three marines missing off Australia
The US Marine Corps Sunday ended efforts to rescue three missing service members after an American military aircraft crashed during an exercise off Australia. ... more
Syria army advances against IS, approaches Deir Ezzor: monitor
Syrian government troops advanced overnight against the Islamic State group in the country's north and centre, drawing closer to the key battleground of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. ... more
Israel soccer attack plotter killed in Syria: official
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria has killed a plotter of the thwarted attack at last year's Israel-Albania soccer match in Albania, a US official said Thursday. ... more

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Outgoing UN envoy says now up to Cypriots to strike deal
The United Nations will not resurrect the collapsed Cyprus reunification talks as the onus is now on the divided island's rival communities to prove they really want a long-elusive settlement, the outgoing UN envoy said Thursday. ... more
Turkey arrests 3 soldiers 'who beat Syrians on border'
A Turkish court arrested three soldiers allegedly filmed beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, state media reported Monday. ... more
US military cuts ties with Syrian rebel group
The Pentagon is cutting ties with a group of Syrian opposition fighters after they started targeting regime forces instead of the Islamic State group, officials said Thursday. ... more
Canada probes possible Saudi use of its equipment in crackdown
Canada warned Saturday it was reviewing reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian armored vehicles in a crackdown in the Sunni-ruled kingdom's Shiite-majority east. ... more
Czech Republic to boost military numbers by 30 percent
The Czech Republic on Friday announced a 30-percent boost in the size of its armed forces, a day after the government approved a hike in defence spending. ... more
Clashes rock Syria truce zone: monitor
Clashes erupted overnight in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, which was also hit by government air strikes despite a truce deal, a monitor said on Wednesday. ... more
Deadly strikes hit Syria rebel town despite truce
Air strikes have killed at least 11 civilians and wounded dozens over 24 hours in a rebel-held region near the Syrian capital despite a fragile truce, residents and a monitor said. ... more
Colombia's FARC rebels to launch as political party on September 1
Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Monday they will officially transform into a political party on September 1, a major step in reintegrating into civilian life as part of a historic peace deal. ... more
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