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RM210,000 raised for Middle East Conflict Humanitarian Fund

JOHOR BARU: State investment arm Johor Corporation (JCorp) has raised RM210,000 for the Middle East Conflict Humanitarian Fund in collaboration with Mercy Malaysia.


Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul, military says

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in eastern Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris river on Wednesday, military officials said, keeping up the momentum of a renewed offensive in the jihadists' last major Iraqi stronghold.


Bombed Mosul bridge still lifeline for long-suffering civilians

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The rubble of a bridge blown up by Islamic State in Mosul to block advancing Iraqi forces has become a lifeline for civilians as more and more of the northern city breaks loose from the grip of the ultra-hardline militants.


Turkey seeks life in jail for main opposition lawmaker over intel trucks

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor has demanded life imprisonment for an opposition MP accused of providing a newspaper with video purporting to show Turkey's intelligence agency trucking weapons into Syria, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.


Nazi Alois Brunner died in Syria in 2001, French report says

PARIS (Reuters) - Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS officer found responsible for the World War Two deportation of 125,500 European Jews to Nazi death camps, died in a Syrian jail cell in 2001, according to a report by two journalists published in France.


Lebanon's Aoun says ties with Saudi Arabia on the mend after visit

RIYADH (Reuters) - Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said his country's ties with Saudi Arabia were recovering, after tensions linked to the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran led Riyadh to cancel $3 billion (2.5 billion pounds) of military aid to Beirut last year.


Russia hacked Republican state campaigns but not Trump's - FBI head

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia hacked into Republican state political campaigns and old email domains of the Republican National Committee but there is no evidence it successfully penetrated President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday.


Russian, Turkish foreign ministers stress need to maintain Syrian ceasefire

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed on Tuesday on the need to observe a ceasefire in Syria while continuing to fight "terrorist groups", Russia's foreign ministry said.


Refugees brave snow, sub-zero temperatures in Greek camps

RITSONA, Greece (Reuters) - Refugees stranded in Greece suffered sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall on Tuesday at camps not designed for winter weather and the government promised those on one island temporary warm accommodations aboard a navy ship.


Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts

ERBIL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters back further in Mosul on Tuesday in a renewed effort to seize the northern city and deal a decisive blow to the militant group, though progress was slow in some districts, the army said.