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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Iran to attend international talks on Syria's future
Iran said Wednesday it will attend the international talks on Syria's future later this week in Vienna, following an invitation from the Russian envoy that would mark Tehran's first appearance at such a gathering.
US is retooling fight against IS: defense secretary
Signaling a possible escalation of U.S. military action in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the United States is retooling its strategy in Iraq and Syria and would conduct unilateral ground raids if needed to target Islamic State militants.
The Taliban have overrun a district in northern Afghanistan's Takhar province, and intense battles were underway Wednesday as government forces fought to retake it, an official said.
Turkish prosecutors say a local cell of the Islamic State group which took orders from extremists in Syria was behind the two suicide bombings earlier this month that killed 102 people at a peace rally.
UN warns of Israel-Palestinian 'catastrophe'
The United Nations warned Wednesday that a deadly surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians was headed toward "catastrophe" as fresh protests were expected in the volatile West Bank.
Residents in quake-hit area seek help to rebuild homes
Residents in a northwestern Pakistani town that was among the worst-affected by this week's massive earthquake were seeking government help Wednesday to rebuild their damaged homes, after spending the second straight night with relatives.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
US, world powers save space for Iran at Syria talks
Iran could join international talks over Syria's future for the first time later this week, as the United States declared itself ready to engage its long-time foe if it might help halt Syria's four-year civil war.
Toll reaches 339 in quake-hit Pakistani, Afghan areas
Rescuers were struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday as officials said the combined death toll from the previous day's earthquake rose to 339.
The Islamic State group killed three of its captives in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by tying them to Roman-era columns at the site, then blowing the structures up with explosives, activists said Tuesday.
A Lebanese official says Beirut airport authorities have foiled one of the country's largest drug smuggling attempts, seizing two tonnes of amphetamine Captagon pills before they were loaded onto the private plane of a Saudi prince.
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