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Turkey Red Crescent alarmed by humanitarian 'drama' in Syria's Idlib

Turkey Red Crescent alarmed by humanitarian 'drama' in Syria's Idlib
Istanbul - 

The Turkish Red Crescent on Wednesday expressed alarm over the "drama" of the humanitarian situation in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, saying 800,000 people were living in hundreds of largely makeshift camps.

First Saudi commercial flight jets to Baghdad after 27 years

First Saudi commercial flight jets to Baghdad after 27 years
Riyadh - 

Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighbouring Iraq show signs of improvement.

UAE boosts prestige of trades with world competition

UAE boosts prestige of trades with world competition
Abu Dhabi - 

The oil-rich United Arab Emirates, seeking to elevate the prestige of vocational skills among its youth, this week hosted a global trades competition -- the first in the Middle East.

Two UAE air force pilots killed in Yemen plane crash

Abu Dhabi - 

Two Air Force pilots with a United Arab Emirates contingent fighting in Yemen have been killed in a plane crash, state media reported Tuesday.

Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqa

Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqa
Raqa - 

US-backed forces took full control of Raqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last jihadist holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate".

Plane carrying wounded Somalis lands in Turkey

Plane carrying wounded Somalis lands in Turkey

Ankara - 

People wounded in the weekend's massive bombing in Somalia -- the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation -- were flown to Turkey on Monday for treatment, an AFP photographer said.

US strikes kill 'dozens' at IS training camps

Aden - 

The US military said Monday it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters at the group's training camps in central Yemen, in the first such strikes in the country's conflict.

Classrooms in rebel-held Yemen shuttered on first day of school

Classrooms in rebel-held Yemen shuttered on first day of school

Sanaa - 

Classrooms in Yemen's capital and rebel-held north remained largely empty on the first official day of school Sunday, as war, hunger and an economic collapse leave millions struggling to survive.

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