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A U.S. soldier, left, sits on an armored vehicle behind a sand barrier at a newly installed position near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.<br>Hussein Malla/AP

Blast near US-led coalition patrol in Syria causes casualties

U.S. casualties are feared after reports of a suicide bombing in the northern Syrian town of Manbij near a patrol of U.S.-led coalition forces.

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle late in the evening in the Afghan capital, officials said Tuesday.

Iran satellite fails to reach orbit in US-criticized launch

An Iranian satellite-carrying rocket blasted off into space Tuesday, but scientists failed to put the device into orbit in a launch criticized by the United States as helping the Islamic Republic further develop its ballistic missile program.

Pakistani forces kill 2 suspects linked to 2011 abduction of American

Pakistani security forces raided a militant hideout in the country's east before dawn Tuesday, killing two members of the Islamic State group linked to the 2011 al-Qaida abduction of American development worker Warren Weinstein, a senior counter-terrorism official said.

Jordan agrees to host Yemen talks about prisoner exchange

Jordan says it has agreed to host U.N-brokered negotiations between Yemen's warring sides about a prisoner exchange.

Trump's vow to 'devastate' Turkey's economy rattles negotiations over Syria

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criss-crossed the Middle East to explain the U.S. military withdrawal from Syria this week, he repeated that he was "confident" and "optimistic" that he was nearing a deal with Turkey on a mutually agreeable exit plan.

UN chief backs 2-state solution in talks with Palestinians

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ strong backing for an independent Palestinian state came ahead of the release of a long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace and Israeli elections in April.

Cargo plane crashes in Iran; one survivor from 16 on board

The plane crashed at Fath Airport when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of Tehran, the Iranian capital.

Egypt deports second German in a week for alleged ISIS links

He was detained at Luxor airport on Dec. 17 when police found maps of Sinai and a compass in his possession.

Pompeo: US wants accountability for Khashoggi's murder

Secretary of State said he had raised the Khashoggi case in his meetings with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well as other human rights concerns.

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