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UN’s Yemen envoy pushes for new peace talks as fighting continues

MUSCAT: The UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has met the country's Houthi rebels in a push for new peace talks, as fighting continued Friday around the strategic port city of Hodeida. Griffiths travelled to the Omani capital Muscat to meet the rebels after they refused to attend negotiations in Geneva last week. Mohammed Abdulsalam, head of the Houthi delegation, and fellow rebel official Abdelmalak al-Ajri discussed the reasons for their absence from Geneva with the United Nations envoy, the rebel-run Saba news…

Maoist rebels kill six Indian policemen in bombing

NEW DELHI: Maoist rebels killed six policemen Sunday with a roadside bomb in a remote forest in eastern India, where the guerrillas have been waging an insurgency for decades. Another officer was injured when their vehicle was hit in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state, said senior state police officer Sunder Raj P. The police were escorting a truck carrying material for road construction. Raj said a search was under way for the attackers. Read More: India’s Maoist rebels kill 24 commandos in Chhattisgargh…

In Syria’s Ghouta, rescuers keep finding bodies

DAMASCUS: In Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave, the bombs have stopped falling from the sky but the dead are still being raised from the rubble. In the town of Hazeh, volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defence known as the "White Helmets" pull one body from the basement of a collapsed home. And minutes later, a second one. "It's carnage down there," says Ali Bakr, a young man looking on with other residents. "People hide underground to shelter from the strikes but even that doesn't guarantee you're safe."…

Rebels kill 15 peacekeepers in Congo in worst attack on UN in recent history

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo: Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organisation in recent history. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said he was “shocked and saddened” by the deaths, which come amid rising violence against civilians, the army and U.N. troops in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern borderlands. The U.N. chief said the attack…

Clashes near Yemen´s Mokha kill more than 40 troops, rebels

ADEN: More than 40 troops and rebels have been killed in several days of clashes between Yemen´s Saudi-backed army and insurgents allied with Iran near the Red Sea port of Mokha, officials said Sunday. Fighting has intensified around the Khaled Ibn al-Walid military base east of Mokha since government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized it from the Huthi rebels last week. Sixteen Huthis and seven soldiers were killed in overnight clashes and air raids outside Mokha, according to military officials and…

Ukraine rebels announce new ‘state’

DONETSK: Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev announced on Tuesday the creation of a new “state” that they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory. The proposed country — which has no chance of getting off the ground — would be founded after a referendum and called Malorossiya, a tsarist-era name meaning “Little Russia” that once described most of the area covering modern-day Ukraine. A constitution presented by rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said representatives from…

India’s Maoist rebels kill 24 commandos in Chhattisgargh

RAIPUR, INDIA: Suspected Maoist rebels killed 24 paramilitary commandos and wounded six on Monday in a remote part of central India in one of the deadliest attacks of a long-running conflict. The soldiers were guarding road workers in the Sukma district of Chhattisgargh state, a hotbed of insurgent violence, when they came under heavy fire. “We have recovered 23 bodies from the spot and one jawan (soldier) died in Raipur during treatment,” Anand Chhabra, a senior police officer, told AFP, referring to the state…

Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border shootout

RIYADH: A Saudi soldier has been killed in a firefight on the border with Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been battling rebels, the interior ministry said on Thursday. A border guard post in Jazan province came under heavy Yemeni rebel fire at 6:30 am (0330 GMT) on Wednesday, the ministry said. The army intervened to back up the border guards and one soldier was killed. At least 113 Saudis have now been killed in skirmishes or rocket strikes along the frontier since the coalition launched its intervention in…

Assad says ready to discuss everything, vows to take back all Syria

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government is ready to negotiate on "everything" in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan but it was not yet clear who would represent the opposition and no date had been set. Assad also said a ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia, his most powerful ally, was being violated and the army would recapture all of Syria including a rebel-held area near Damascus where a vital water supply had been bombed out of service. He made the remarks in comments to French media that…

Air strikes, clashes persist on third day of Syrian truce: monitor, rebels

ALEPPO: Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes and low-level clashes persisted in some areas on Sunday, but a Russian and Turkish-backed ceasefire largely held in other areas on its third day, a monitoring group and rebels said. Jets bombed the villages of Kafr Kar, Mintar and around the town of Banan in the southern Aleppo countryside, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Government forces also advanced overnight against rebels in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus,…