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Israeli soldiers shot at Palestinian woman
Qalandiya: A Palestinian woman was shot and injured by Israeli security forces on Monday, police said. The 30-year-old woman walked towards the guards at the Qalandia checkpoint using the vehicle-only lane “all the time clutching her handbag in a way that made them suspicious,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri wrote in a statement. She had ignored repeated orders to halt and they opened fire.
   
Daesh claims Algeria ‘foiled’ suicide attack
Algiers: The Daesh group claimed responsibility on Monday for a suicide bomb attack in east Algeria which police said had been foiled. In a statement posted on the internet, the group said a “martyrdom-seeking brother” had been able to detonate an “explosives-laden bag” at a police station in the city of Constantine. The extremist group said “a number of apostates” were killed and wounded in Sunday’s attack. Police officials
 
 
Iraq forces reach key Mosul bridge
MOSUL: Iraqi forces battling the Daesh group in west Mosul reached the city’s southernmost bridge on Monday, a key step in efforts to defeat the extremists in their stronghold, a spokesman said. The move, a little more than a week into a major push on Mosul’s west bank, could allow Iraqi forces to extend a floating bridge between the city’s two halves and pile pressure on the extremists. “The Rapid Response force and the
   
Film on Syria’s White Helmets wins Oscar
LONDON: The Oscar awarded to a documentary about the daily lives of volunteers of a Syrian search and rescue group called the “White Helmets” shows people care about its mission to help civilians caught in Syria’s civil war, the group said on Monday. The White Helmets operate a rescue service in rebel-held parts of Syria, which have been subjected to fierce bombardment by the government and Russia’s air force during
 
 
Mauritanian pride allows husbands to beat wives
NOUAKCHOTT: Salimata was always told she should be proud to come from a family of wife beaters. “You’re the daughter of a woman whose husband broke her hands. Your grandmother’s legs were fractured by her husband. You must be loved,” Salimata said, citing her mother’s words. The 19-year-old woman from Mauritania’s Soninké ethnic group, married to a man who also beats her, said she taught herself to believe what her mother told he
   
Iran FM lauds win as move against Trump’s entry ban
TEHRAN: Iranians on Monday cheered the choice of one of their own for the best foreign film Oscar, lauding director Asghar Farhadi’s boycott of the Hollywood ceremony for his film “The Salesman” as an act of defiance against the Trump administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he saw the prize as taking a stance against Trump’s executive order. “Proud of Cast and Crew of “The Salesman” for Oscar and stance
 
 
UN envoy gets tough at Syria talks
GENEVA: Like a headmaster addressing rowdy pupils, the United Nations envoy for Syria began peace talks in Geneva last week by telling the warring parties to behave and show respect. But five days into the latest attempt to end the Syrian conflict, there are scant signs that Staffan de Mistura’s strictures are making much difference. “Respect my directions regarding the confidentiality of meetings, documentations, conversations a
   
Syria government raids kill 11 in Idlib province
Beirut: Government air raids on northwest Syria killed at least 11 people overnight, mostly civilians, a monitoring group said on Monday, while the military said its forces made advances in Aleppo province. “Government warplanes carried out air strikes after midnight on several areas in the town of Ariha” in Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ head Rami Abdel Rahman. “The preliminary toll is 11 killed
 
 
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