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Sudan protesters teargassed, arrested
KHARTOUM: Sudanese security agents on Thursday arrested several opposition leaders and activists as hundreds of anti-government protesters trying to march on the presidential palace were dispersed with tear gas, witnesses said. Demonstrators chanting “freedom, peace, justice” reached downtown Khartoum but were confronted by riot police, witnesses said, adding that several dissidents were detained by plainclothes security agents.
 
 
US urges tighter business ties between settlers, Palestinians
TEL AVIV: The US ambassador to Israel on Thursday urged deeper business ties between Israeli settlers and Palestinian businessmen in the occupied West Bank, angering Palestinian leaders. David Friedman, who was appointed by US President Donald Trump, was speaking in occupied Jerusalem at a forum to encourage business links between Israeli settlements and Palestinians. “There are many, many Palestinians that would like to be freed
   
Algeria military plane crash kills two, says ministry
ALGIERS: An Algerian fighter jet has crashed during an overnight training exercise, killing its two crew members, the defence ministry said on Thursday. The Russian-made Sukhoi SU-24 plane went down in an uninhabited farming area in the province of Tiaret, around 250 kilometres southwest of Algiers, the ministry said in a statement. The pilot and co-pilot were killed during the “night-time training flight,” it said, adding that
 
 
Egypt military says 8 militants killed in Sinai
CAIRO: Egypt’s military said late on Wednesday that eight suspected militants who had taken part in a deadly attack on an army checkpoint last week were killed in the restive North Sinai. “Eight extremely dangerous terrorists have been eliminated,” army spokesman Tamer El Refai said in a statement, adding that security forces had also destroyed their hideouts and seized ammunition. An attack Saturday on a checkpoint near the town
   
Western powers warn on violence in South Sudan
WASHINGTON: The United States, Britain and Norway on Wednesday voiced alarm over a new flare-up of violence in South Sudan, saying that all sides needed to show their commitment to peace. The three powers, the so-called troika that has led diplomacy and aid efforts aimed at stabilizing the troubled young nation, urged all sides to ensure the safety of civilians in the southwestern area of Yei. “This renewed violence risks
 
 
Security chief in south Libya town assassinated
TRIPOLI: Armed men have murdered a security official in southern Libya, the UN-backed government said on Thursday, a day after forces opposed to it said they had entered his town. The interior ministry of the internationally-recognised unity government branded the murder of General Ibrahim Mohamad Kari, security head in the town of Murzuk, a “cowardly crime” and vowed to bring the culprits to justice. In a brief statement, it said
   
Netanyahu rivals announce electoral alliance
TEL AVIV: The two main challengers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an electoral alliance on Thursday, posing a threat to the premier’s long rule as he also faces potential corruption charges. While polls have consistently shown Netanyahu is likely to win the April 9 election, the combined power of his two main challengers from the political centre will at minimum shake up the campaign. An announcement by
 
 
Forces try to free civilians from Daesh
BAGHOUZ: US-backed Syrian forces tried on Thursday to negotiate the release of civilians still trapped in the Daesh group’s last redoubt, as the international coalition warned the militants faced “inevitable defeat.” With scores of Daesh families and their children having fled the collapsing “caliphate” in past months, Western nations have been left facing a dilemma over how to handle their citizens now wishing to return home.
   
SDF hands over more than 150 Iraqi militants to Iraq
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ: US-backed Syrian forces fighting the Daesh group in Syria handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, the first batch of several to come, an Iraqi security official said on Thursday. The official said the Daesh militants were handed over to the Iraqi side late Wednesday, and that they were now in a “safe place” and being investigated. The transfer marks the biggest repatriation from Syria of cap
 
 
Largest Daesh mass grave found outside Raqa
RAQA: Two feet deep, below a plot of farmland outside the Syrian city of Raqa, lies a large and deadly legacy of the Daesh group: a mass grave holding an estimated 3,500 people. First responders learned of the burial site in the Al Fukheikha agricultural suburb last month, more than a year after US-backed forces captured Raqa from Daesh and as they closed in on the group’s final redoubt of Baghouz further south.
   
‘Voice of Paris attacks’ killed in Syria: Sources
PARIS: A top French Daesh militant who became notorious after voicing an audio recording claiming responsibility for the November 2015 attacks in Paris has been killed in an overnight airstrike, security sources told reporters. Fabien Clain, who is believed to have gone to Syria in March 2015, was killed in the terror group’s last Syrian redoubt of Baghouz, the sources said on condition of anonymity. Clain is a seasoned militant,
 
 
$257,357 raised for Syrians who lost all 7 kids in fire
TORONTO: A fundraising effort for a Syrian-refugee couple who lost all seven of their children in a house fire on Tuesday in the eastern Canadian city of Halifax has raised C$339,042 ($257,357) from nearly 6,000 people in 24 hours, according to online fundraiser GoFundMe. With the children’s father in the hospital with life-threatening injuries and the mother stricken with grief, the community will hold a vigil for the family
   
2,500 foreign kids in northeast Syria camps, says charity
BEIRUT: More than 2,500 foreign children from 30 countries who have fled the Daesh group’s last redoubts are living in desperate conditions in camps in northeastern Syria, Save the Children said on Thursday. The charity urged their countries of origin to “take action to ensure the safety of their citizens” as US-backed forces battle Daesh in the final sliver of territory it holds near the Iraqi border. “They need specialised help
 
 
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