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Afghanistan's chief executive has castigated his ally Ashraf Ghani as "unfit for the presidency," in a public outburst highlighting bitter internal divisions that threaten their U.S.-brokered power sharing agreement.
 
Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears that the city could fall.
 
Iraqi Christians warn defeat of IS won't make country safe for them
As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say that even if the militants are defeated militarily, the country will not be safe for minorities.
 
The United States has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of up to 153 tanks, hundreds of machine guns and other military gear in a deal worth US$1.15 billion, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
 
Israel on Tuesday said it indicted a Palestinian U.N. employee in the Gaza Strip, accusing him of assisting the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers, just days after it charged the Gaza manager of the international charity World Vision for allegedly funneling millions to the group.
 
Saudi-led coalition warplanes have resumed air strikes on Yemen's capital for the first time in three months, shutting the airport Tuesday nearly 72 hours after U.N.-brokered peace talks were suspended.
 
Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp. (宏達電) has extended its global reach in virtual reality development by launching the HTC Vive, the company's first VR headset, in the Saudi Arabian market, according to tech website Telecompaper.
 
Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms have abducted an American and an Australian in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a security official said Monday.
 
Iran executes nuclear scientist who was convicted of spying
Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the nation secretly detained and tried a man who was once heralded as a hero.
 
Iran says it executed nuclear scientist in US spy mystery
Iran executed a nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. in 2009 and later returned to the Islamic Republic under mysterious circumstances a year later, authorities said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that they had secretly detained, tried and convicted a man authorities once heralded as a hero.
 
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