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U.S., Yemen attacks kill 55 ‘leading and dangerous elements’ of Al Qaida

Yemenis look at a pickup truck after it was allegedly hit by a U.S. drone in Yemen's al-Bayda province on April 19.  /EPA

Special to CAIRO — Yemen and the United States have launched intense air strikes on Al Qaida. Officials said up to 55 Al Qaida fighters were killed in U.S. and Yemeni air strikes on insurgency camps in the Arab state. The officials said several Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula camps, which contained members [...]

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Syrian attacks on rebels near Golan Heights puts Israel on alert


Special to NICOSIA — The Syrian military has launched air and artillery strikes on rebel strongholds in the Golan Heights, shared with Israel. The Syrian assault has sparked an alert in Israel. The Israel Air Force is said to have intensified operations to block any intrusion by Syrian aircraft. Opposition sources said the military [...]

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Al Qaida militia establishes base in Gaza, trains Palestinians for ops in Iraq, Syria

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria. /AP

Special to NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s leading militia in the Levant has claimed a presence in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said it established bases in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in 2014. In a statement ISIL, deemed the most powerful Sunni Islamist force in the region, was training [...]

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Abbas threatens to bail on the Palestinian Authority

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority could decide to disband the regime in the West Bank. Officials said the PA leadership has been under pressure to end governing the Palestinian areas of the West Bank. The officials said elements within the Palestine Liberation Organization argued that such a move would force international intervention [...]

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Russian ICBM hit target thousands of miles away amid Ukraine crisis


Special to By Miles Yu, On April 14, a mobile missile launched at the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia successfully hit the target thousands of miles away at the Kura test center in the Kamchatka peninsula. RS-24 Yars is an advanced version of the Topol-M ballistic missile. It is the Russian Strategic [...]

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UN: Syria has removed 80 percent of chemical weapons arsenal

Sigrid Kaag.  /Xinhua

Special to LONDON — Syria was said to have removed most of its chemical weapons arsenal. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has determined that the regime of President Bashar Assad destroyed or removed up to 80 percent of Syria’s CW arsenal. Officials said the regime accelerated the removal process in cooperation [...]

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Deal’s off: Kurdish insurgents streaming back into Turkey

PKK fighters.  /DHA photo

Special to ANKARA — Turkey’s intelligence community has determined that Kurdish insurgents returned from their bases in Iraq and Syria. In a report by two intelligence agencies, the Kurdish Workers Party was said to have ended its withdrawal from Turkey, launched in 2013. The report, titled “Solution Process/PKK Report,” said the insurgency group has [...]

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Investigators interrogate Kuwaiti royal family member in probe of coup plot

Emir Sabah Al Jaber Al Sabah.  /Xinhua

Special to ABU DHABI — Kuwait has been investigating a plot to overthrow the royal family. Officials said the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom launched a probe of former senior officials alleged to have plotted a coup against Emir Sabah Al Jaber Al Sabah. The officials said a senior member of the royal family was [...]

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Analyst warns Chinese incursion could ‘drain’ critical Israeli tech

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8.  /Reuters/Jason Lee

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has undergone a debate over whether to allow major Chinese penetration in the business sector of the Jewish state. Chinese companies, which began their effort in 2010, have sought controlling shares of major Israeli producers, most of them non-defense firms. One Chinese company, Bright Food, has been [...]

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Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

Aides stand outside the room where President Barack Obama was meeting with Saudi King Abdullah on March 28.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying. Diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama relayed a photograph that showed Abdullah with a breathing tube, Middle East Newsline reported. The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obama’s [...]

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