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Israel bombs Syrian posts over Golan attack on its troops

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel launched air strikes on Wednesday against Syrian military sites in response to a roadside bombing that wounded four of its soldiers, but both sides signalled they were not seeking further escalation.


Seven killed in funeral attack in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) - At least seven people died in the capital of Central African Republic after a grenade exploded among a crowd of mourners attending a funeral, the African Union peacekeeping mission known as MISCA said on Friday.


Exclusive - Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."


Israel returns fire after rockets are fired from Lebanon

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday and Israel's army responded with artillery fire, Lebanese and Israeli military authorities said.


U.N. to launch bold plan to end statelessness in a decade

THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations is to launch an ambitious campaign to eradicate statelessness within a decade, ending the plight of some 10 million people referred to as 'legal ghosts' or 'invisibles', a senior U.N. official said on Monday.


Only Syrian opposition and peshmerga can save Kobani - Turkish PM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey cannot be expected to send troops to defend the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani and only Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Syria's own moderate opposition can save it, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.


Three Iraqis arrested in Switzerland, suspected of planning attack

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss authorities said on Friday they had arrested three Iraqi citizens in March who are suspected of providing support to Islamic State and planning an attack in Europe.


At least 26 killed in Yemen suicide bombing - security official

SANAA (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 26 people in central Yemen on Wednesday when he blew himself up at a cultural centre where students were celebrating the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, a security official said.


Syrian army closes in on city near Lebanese border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, closed in on the city of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon on Friday, a Lebanese security source said, and Syrian media said at least 20 insurgents had been killed in the battles to seize high ground.


Four shot dead in anti-Houthi protests in Yemen's Taiz

TAIZ (Reuters) - Soldiers and Houthi gunmen shot dead at least four people on Tuesday as demonstrators took to the streets of Taiz, central Yemen, to protest against the Houthi take-over of the city, medical officials and witnesses said.