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IS fighters close in on Syria border town as thousands flee

Kurds demonstrate against the Turkish government and the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul. (AFP)
Mursitpinar - 

Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

Cairo bomb blast leaves two police officers dead

Egyptian forensic experts inspect the site of a bomb attack near a checkpoint outside the foreign ministry headquarters in central Cairo. (AFP)
Cairo - 

At least two policemen were killed Sunday in a bombing near a checkpoint outside Egypt's foreign ministry headquarters, officials said, shattering a months-long respite from deadly attacks in Cairo.

Bahrain court upholds five-year jail terms for activists

Dubai - 

A Bahraini appeals court Sunday confirmed five-year jail terms imposed on nine Shiites, among them a photojournalist and an online activist, for calling for the overthrow of the Sunni monarchy, a judicial source said. 

46 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

Turkey’s Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) kisses the daughter of a hostage as he welcomes in Ankara dozens of freed Turkish nationals hostages held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq for more than three months. (AFP)
Ankara - 

Forty-six Turks held hostage for months by Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, to emotional family reunions and a triumphant Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP)
United Nations - 

Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Syrian Kurds carry their belongings after crossing the border from Syria into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. (AFP)

Syria Kurds flood into Turkey, fleeing IS extremists

Suruc - 

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the extremist Islamic State group that prompted an appeal for international intervention.

Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government rebels relax behind a barricade as they guard a street near the entrance to the airport during clashes between government forces and rebels in Sanaa. (AFP)

Yemen clashes ground planes, close schools

Sanaa - 

Flights to the Yemeni capital were suspended for a second straight day Saturday as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces and rebels despite UN efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Top Saudi clerics warn against joining extremists

Riyadh - 

Saudi Arabia's top religious body on Wednesday warned Muslims against joining militant groups, saying their "deviant doctrine" has no place in Islam.