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Syrian regime forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region.

Civilians have continued to flee areas around the key Yemeni port of Hodeida as a fierce showdown is anticipated between Houthi rebels and government forces.

Turkey arrests 14 suspected Islamic State group members

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Turkey arrests 14 suspected Islamic State group members

Turkish authorities arrested 14 suspected IS members accused of planning an attack as the country prepares to go to the polls.

Army reinforcements roll into Yemen's embattled Hodeidah

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Army reinforcements roll into Yemen's embattled Hodeidah

Reinforcements roll into Yemen's Hodeidah as the army and its regional allies set their sights on the city's port, held by the Houthis.

Syrian regime soldier killed in US airstrike targeting IS

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Syrian regime soldier killed in US airstrike targeting IS

A US-led coalition airstrike targeting the Islamic State reportedly killed at least one Syrian regime soldier on Thursday.

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Sudan 'blocks' UN access in Darfur fighting areas

Rights groups say government forces have repeatedly attacked civilians while fighting rebel groups in Darfur's Jebel Marra mountains.

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UAE-backed forces enter Yemen's Hodeida

Pro-government reinforcements have entered Yemen's Hodeida ahead of a major offensive planned to retake the port city from the Houthi ...

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Houthis vow to fight on after losing Hodeida airport

Yemen's Houthi rebels vowed to fight on after pro-government forces seized Hodeida airport from them on Wednesday, in a major step ...

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Sexual abuse rife at UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen: report

The UAE, a US ally, has been accused of rampant sexual abuse of Yemeni prisoners, most held without charge or trial.

Emirati-backed Yemen forces seize control of Hodeida airport

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Emirati-backed Yemen forces seize control of Hodeida airport

The capture of Hodeida airport from Houthi rebels marks a major step toward retaking the key port city.

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Syrian rebels vow 'volcanoes of fire' if Assad attacks

Syrian regime forces have been massing troops ahead of a possible attack on Daraa province and the nearby Quneitra region that border Jordan and ...

Assad regime condemns Turkish, US patrols around Syria's Manbij

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Assad regime condemns Turkish, US patrols around Syria's Manbij

The Turkish patrols are part of a deal to reduce tensions around Manbij, where US troops are also present, but Syria's regime sees them as an ...

Syria's Sweida shelled for first time in three years

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Syria's Sweida shelled for first time in three years

The regime has been sending reinforcements to the largely Druze region for weeks as it increasingly focuses on southern Syria.

Media world mourns Yemeni journalist tortured by Houthis

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Media world mourns Yemeni journalist tortured by Houthis

Press freedom watchdogs have decried the death of Yemeni journalist Anwar al-Rakan, who was subject to torture and starvation at the hands of ...

Regime bombardment in Syria’s Daraa claims one victim

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Regime bombardment in Syria’s Daraa claims one victim

Artillery continues to rain down on rebel-held Daraa, as residents fear a large-scale regime bombardment.

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Turkish airstrikes kill 26 Kurdish fighters in Turkey, Iraq

Ankara has stepped up its airstrikes against Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, saying ground forces are advancing toward Qandil.

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US-backed rebels seize 'jihadi pills' in IS drug bust

More than 300,000 tablets of Captagon, an amphetamine that dulls pain, was seized in southeast Syria.

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UN ceasefire efforts fizzle as Hodeida fight ramps up

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels rejected a ceasefire and said Saudi-led forces have been escalating their attacks in Hodeida despite ...

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Jewish artefacts feared stolen amid chaos of Syria war

Activists have raised concerns about Jewish artefacts that appear to have been stoled from Syria and sold outside the country.

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

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Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi air defences said they have intercepted a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen.

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Jewish artefacts disappear from Damascus in fog of war

Jewish artefacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from Damascus amid the ongoing ...

Clashes near Yemen's flashpoint Hodeida amid concern for civilians

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Clashes near Yemen's flashpoint Hodeida amid concern for civilians

More than 70 percent of Yemeni imports pass through the docks of Hodeida port, controlled by the country's Houthi rebels.

Turkey hits Kurdish base in Iraq's Qandil Mountains region

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Turkey hits Kurdish base in Iraq's Qandil Mountains region

Turkey's president has said his country have begun an operation against bases of outlawed Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

French special forces 'working with UAE' in Yemen

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French special forces 'working with UAE' in Yemen

French crack troops are reportedly working with the UAE in its controversial military campaign in Yemen, according to daily Le Figaro.

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