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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.
 
Afghan general bans Pakistani rupee in key southern province
A senior Afghan police official regarded as one of the country's most powerful men has banned the use of the Pakistani currency in the key southern province of Kandahar.
 
German national held in Turkey coup crackdown
A German national has been detained in Turkey as part of the country's crackdown on suspected supporters of Fethullah Gulen in the wake of last month's failed coup, Berlin confirmed Friday.
 
A court in ex-Soviet Tajikistan sentenced a 16-year-old boy to 10.5 years in jail for calling Tajiks on social media to join the Islamic State group, a court official told AFP Thursday.
 
Delays and flight cancellations persisted Thursday at Dubai International Airport, a day after an Emirates airliner suffered a crash-landing that saw all 300 people onboard survive while a firefighter was killed.
 
Emirates airliner with 300 on board crash lands in Dubai
All 300 people aboard an Emirates airliner survived a crash landing in Dubai on Wednesday, scrambling down emergency slides before flames consumed the plane in an accident that halted flights for hours at the world's third-busiest airport. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze.
 
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