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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - AFP PHOTO - POOL - ABIR SULTAN

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he had issued a warning to Hamas after recent deadly attacks in the occupied West Bank, including two shootings claimed by the Islamist movement.
Workers inspect damages at the site of an air strike on the maintenance hub at the Hodeidah port - AFP PHOTO - ABDO HYDER

Air strikes, clashes hit Yemen’s Hodeida despite ceasefire

Air strikes and fierce clashes shook the outskirts of Yemen’s rebel-held port city of Hodeida overnight, pro-government sources and residents said Sunday, despite a UN-brokered ceasefire.
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US markets end volatile session in wake of Huawei exec arrest

US stocks clawed back much of the ground they lost in an early plunge triggered by the arrest of a key Chinese Huawei executive at Washington's request.
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Rebels declare holiday ceasefire in Philippines

Maoist rebels in the Philippines declared a ceasefire on Friday for the Christmas and New Year holidays, but the government said it would not be fooled into joining the truce.
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China, US announce tariff ceasefire

The United States and China have announced a ceasefire in their tariffs war, hours after US President Donald Trump upended another international forum by snubbing G20 action on trade disputes and climate change.
South Korean marines take part in a regular drill on Yeonpyeong Island on November 1, 2018. (Photo by JEON HEON-KYUN - POOL - AFP)

South Korean court allows conscientious objection to military service

South Korea's supreme court ruled Thursday that moral and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse the country's mandatory military service, in a case that has implications for hundreds of conscientious objectors.
Fighting between a militia allied with Libya's internationally recognised government fight and two rival groups left some families trapped in their homes [Hani Amara-Reuters]

Libya in chaos since the 2011 overthrow of Gaddafi

Libya, where a new ceasefire was announced on Wednesday to end a month of deadly fighting near the capital, fell into chaos with the ouster and killing of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.
Men wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard vessel "Diciotti" following a rescue operation of migrants and refugees at sea on June 13, 2018 in the port of Catania, Sicily. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on June 12, 2018, he would go to Libya -- the launchpad for many migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East -- by the end of the month. "This situation (of migrants) needs to be resolved on the African continent," said Salvini, whose new populist government has vowed a tougher stance on immigration. He wants to cut the number of arrivals to Italy -- something already achieved by his predecessor thanks to a deal struck with Libyan authorities -- while accelerating the expulsion of "illegals"./ AFP PHOTO / GIOVANNI ISOLINO

UN: 500,000 children face ‘immediate danger’ in Libya capital

Half a million children are in “immediate danger” in Libya’s capital Tripoli due to fighting, the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF said on Monday.
Fighting between a militia allied with Libya's internationally recognised government fight and two rival groups left some families trapped in their homes [Hani Amara-Reuters]

Death toll from clashes in Libya’s Tripoli climbs to 96

Fighting between rival groups in Libya's capital has killed at least 96 people since August 26, with civilians among the casualties, authorities have said.

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty International report says.

Fighting breaks out in South Sudan two days after peace deal

Fighting has broken out in South Sudan two days after the warring sides signed what the government called a "final final" peace agreement to end the civil war. Each side blames the other for the attacks.

Libya’s UN-backed premier blames ‘foreign powers’ for instability

Foreign powers are actively working against the stabilisation of Libya, the country’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said Wednesday.
Smoke shrouded the headquarters of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli [Hani Amara-Reuters]

Two dead as gunmen attack headquarters of Libya national oil firm

Armed men on Monday stormed the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Company in Tripoli killing at least two people, officials said, as witnesses spoke of hearing a blast and gunfire.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran: Donald Trump destroys US credibility

President Donald Trump destroys U.S. credibility while Iran is working toward a political solution in Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif, said in a Twitter post on Friday.

UN-backed Libya truce doomed without proper deal – analysts

A ceasefire in Libya brokered by the UN will fail to reduce tensions between myriad armed groups without a sustainable political agreement on security reform, experts said on Wednesday.
US military personnel salute during a change of command ceremony at Resolute Support in Kabul on September 2, 2018. General Scott Miller took command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan on September 2, as worsening violence erodes hopes for peace in the war-torn country. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

US commando takes helm of forces in Afghanistan

General Scott Miller took command of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, as worsening violence erodes hopes for peace in the war-torn country.
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North, South Korean officials fresh plan family reunions

North and South Korea are planning another round of reunions at the end of October for families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War as the rivals’ diplomatic ties continue to thaw.

Suicide bomb attack kills two in Afghanistan

A suicide bomb blast killed at least two people on Saturday outside an election commission office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said.

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