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In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Houthi Shiite fighters guard a street leading to the residence of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. 
<br>Hani Mohammed/Associated Press

Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia

For the past three years, a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition has been waging war against the rebels, known as Houthis, to restore Yemen's internationally recognized government to power.

Syrian government troops take southern district from IS

Despite being mostly defeated in Syria and Iraq over the past two years, IS still has hideouts from where they launch attacks.

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Khairullah Khairkhwa, the former Taliban governor of Herat, and Mohammed Fazl, a former Taliban military chief, attended the marathon talks. Both were former inmates at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay.

US-led coalition denies reports it killed dozens in Syria

Syrian state media, a war monitor and an IS-linked news agency reported Saturday that coalition airstrikes killed 40 people, mostly women and children.

Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed outside home

Wissam al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations in recent months demanding clean water and reliable electricity in the southern Iraqi city.

Attacks kill five security forces in Pakistan

No one immediately claims responsibility for separate attacks in suburbs of Quetta and North Waziristan.

Roadside bomb kills two local officials in Afghanistan

Spokesman for the Logar provincial police chief, says that the acting district chief and intelligence director in the Baraki Barak district were killed in the blast late Saturday.

State Department denies reaching conclusion on Khashoggi case

After President Donald Trump called his CIA chief and top diplomat from Air Force One as he flew to survey wildfire damage in California, the State Department released a statement saying "recent reports indicating that the U.S. government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate."

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Europe's losing credibility on Iran sanctions

For all their big words about Europeans "taking their destiny in their own hands," EU leaders' real policy appears to be to string Iran along while waiting for the Trump presidency to end — what some might call a head-in-the-sand tactic.

Report: US-led airstrikes kill 40 in ISIS-held area of Syria

U.S-led coalition airstrikes on the last pocket held by Islamic State militants in Syria near the Iraqi border killed at least 40 people, mostly women and children, a war monitor and Syrian state media reported.

Iraq's president visits Iran weeks after US renews sanctions

Trade between the two countries was some $7 billion in 2017, and they have vowed to boost it to $8.5 billion this year.

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