Saturday 30 April 2016

Protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone, enter parliament

Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr stormed Baghdad's Green Zone on Saturday and entered the parliament building after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government, two Reuters witnesses said. The protesters, who had gat


Moderates make gains in Iran run-off election

Moderate candidates allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, unofficial results showed on Saturday, but they appeared unlikely to win an overall majority. The results, if confirmed, suggest Iran's next parliam


US to deploy rocket launchers near Syria border

The United States will deploy a rocket launcher system in Turkey near the border with a part of Syria held by Islamic State, Turkey's foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by the Haberturk newspaper as saying that the High Mobility Arti


Obama to send 250 more US troops to Syria

President Barack Obama plans to send as many as 250 more US troops to Syria, bringing the total American presence on the ground to 300 to help fight Islamic State militants, US officials said on Sunday. The decision, which a US official said would be announced in Hanover, Germany


UAE troops enter Qaeda-held city in Yemen

Yemeni and Emirati troops on Sunday plunged into the southern port city of Mukalla, residents said, entering a stronghold of the Yemeni wing of al Qaeda for the first time in over a year of war. "Coalition armoured vehicles and the army entered Mukalla and al Qaeda fighters


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