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Arab leaders agree joint military force

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) walking with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud upon his arrival in Egypt's Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for a weekend Arab League summit. (AFP)
Sharm el Sheikh - 

Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism.

Iran nuclear talks close in on deal as Israel lashes out

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
Lausanne - 

Iran and world powers have reached tentative agreement on parts of a deal sharply curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, Western diplomats said Sunday while cautioning that the deal is by no means done.

Arab strikes on rebels hit Yemen's main airport

Smoke billowing from the Faj Attan Hill following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led Arab coalition against the huthi rebels. (AFP)
Sanaa - 

Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and struck a renegade troop base in the capital, as Arab leaders vowed Sunday to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender.

Extremist chief killed as thousands march in Tunisia

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, French President Francois Hollande, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President of the Tunisian Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur, pose for a photo prior to an anti-extremism march in Tunis (AFP)
Tunis - 

Tunisia said Sunday it had killed the leader of the extremists behind the massacre at its national museum, as foreign leaders joined thousands of Tunisians in a march against extremism.

US military rescues two Saudi pilots off Yemen coast

Washington - 

The US military has rescued two Saudi pilots who ejected from their jet off Yemen's coast, as the kingdom launched air strikes on rebel camps in its violence-wracked neighbor, officials said Friday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (AFP)

Iran FM confident as nuclear deal deadline looms

Lausanne - 

Tortuous negotiations aimed at ending fears that Iran will acquire nuclear arms shifted into top gear Saturday, with the Iranian foreign minister saying he was confident the outstanding hurdles blocking a deal could be overcome.

UN staff flee Yemen as Hadi urges decisive air war

Sanaa - 

UN staff were evacuated from Yemen's capital Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes, as President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to bomb Iranian-backed rebels into submission.

Demonstrators block the road with burning tyres and other materials in Yemen's strategic city of Taez during a protest (AFP)

Yemen leader taken to 'secure location' as rebels advance

Aden - 

Yemen's leader was rushed to a "secure location" Wednesday as rebel forces bore down on his southern stronghold and a warplane attacked his presidential complex, prompting pleas for urgent intervention.

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