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Saudi religious police beat up Briton

Riyadh - 

Members of Saudi Arabia's religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday.

Turkey summons US envoy over Snowden spying claims

Istanbul - 

Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a leak by Edward Snowden that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.

Syria army, rebels clash as UN bids to free Golan monitors

An Israeli soldier sits in his Merkava tank on alert position on the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the Quneitra crossing with Syria. (AFP)
Golan Heights - 

Syrian troops and Islamist rebels battled close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights on Monday, as the UN pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by insurgents.

Iraq presses fightback after breaking extremist siege

Iraqi volunteer fighters walk in the Anjana area en route to the town of Amerli ten kilometres away. (AFP)
Sulaiman Bek - 

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against extremist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a Shiite town.

Iraq breaks months-long extremist siege

Iraq breaks months-long extremist siege
Baghdad - 

Iraqi forces broke through to the extremist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.

Saudi king warns West will be extremists' next target

Jeddah - 

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the extremists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

GCC condemns Islamic State extremists

Jeddah - 

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council strongly condemned Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria and their extreme interpretation of Islam as it opened a meeting in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures during a press conference in Tehran. (AFP)

Iran says fresh US sanctions have deepened mistrust

Tehran - 

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday condemned a new round of American sanctions linked to his country's nuclear activities, saying mistrust had been "further deepened" by the fresh measures.