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UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva

UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva
Geneva - 

Syrian rivals were to resume UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva on Thursday, with escalating violence and deadlock on key issues dimming hopes of a breakthrough. 

Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers

Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers
Dubai - 

Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.

New Syria peace talks as fight comes to Damascus

Beirut - 

A fifth round of UN-backed Syria peace talks begins Thursday in Geneva with scant hope of a breakthrough against a backdrop of fighting in Damascus and no sign of compromise.

Iraq forces gain ground, deploy snipers in Mosul

Mosul - 

Iraqi forces gained ground from the Islamic State group in Mosul and have deployed snipers in the Old City to target the jihadists, officers said on Tuesday.

Iraq forces push into Old Mosul as thousands trapped

Baghdad - 

Iraqi forces battled Islamic State group fighters on Monday to push into Mosul's Old City where thousands of civilians remain trapped under jihadist rule.

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Muscat - 

In the north of the country, meanwhile, a Kurdish militia said the Russian military is to train Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group.

Teacher from Canadian Arctic wins global prize in Dubai

Teacher from Canadian Arctic wins global prize in Dubai

Dubai - 

A Canadian who teaches at a school in a fly-in only village in the Arctic won a $1-million Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday.

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Beirut - 

Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces.



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