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Turkey detains dozens nationwide over alleged Gulen links

ANKARA: Turkish police on Tuesday detained nearly 140 people in nationwide raids over alleged links to the group blamed for the 2016 failed coup, state media reported. Prosecutors across the country issued 267 arrest warrants, according to state news agency Anadolu, as part of different investigations into followers of US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen. Police launched operations in 24 provinces including Izmir and Mugla on the Aegean coast and Ordu and Zonguldak on the Black Sea. By Tuesday morning, 137 suspects had been detained including 55 in Istanbul, Anadolu reported. Ankara accuses Gulen of ordering the attempted overthrow of President...
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Israel discovers Hizbollah tunnels

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said on Tuesday it has discovered Hizbollah tunnels infiltrating its territory from Lebanon and launched an operation to destroy them, a move likely to raise tensions with the Iran-backed group.The surprise announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels over regional dangers, with both having repeatedly warned about the activities of Iran, Israel’s main enemy.Netanyahu said he discussed the operation with Pompeo and called the tunnels a violation of a UN truce resolution that ended a 2006 war between Israel and the militant group Hizbollah.“Whoever...
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Parents of US journalist missing in Syria appeal to US, Syria

BEIRUT: The parents of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria six years ago appealed on Tuesday for the United States and Syria to work together to find their son and said they had applied for Syrian visas to lobby there for his release.Austin Tice was 31 years old when he was detained in August 2012 at a checkpoint while reporting in Damascus on the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.He has not been heard from publicly since a video posted online weeks after he disappeared showed him in the custody of armed men, though both Washington and his parents...

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UN boosts peacekeeping patrols on Lebanon-Israel border

BEIRUT: UN peacekeepers said they increased patrols on the Lebanese-Israeli border on Tuesday after Israel announced an operation against what it said were Hezbollah infiltration tunnels.The Israeli army said it launched an operation dubbed “Northern Shield” to destroy “attack tunnels” it accused the Iran-backed Lebanese militia of digging under the border.Hezbollah had not yet reacted and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said they had increased patrols along the border, as Israeli bulldozers went to work.“The overall situation in UNIFIL’s area of operation remains calm,” Joumana Sayegh, a spokeswoman for the UN mission which monitors the border region, said...
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UAE leads Arab world in economic freedom

UAE businesses enjoy the highest economic freedom in the Arab world. This opens a wealth of opportunities to grow for UAE Inc. It also helps reduce poverty in the country, generate more employment opportunities and makes workforce and credit easily available.According to the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of the Arab World's annual report 2018, the UAE tied with Bahrain for first place with a score of 8.0.Among the sub-indices, the UAE's score for legal structure and security of property rights remained 8.0 and retained its first place. The Emirates' score for sound money rose to 9.5 from 9.4, leaving the...
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North Korean and Syrian foreign ministers meet in Damascus

BEIRUT: Syria and North Korea’s foreign ministers met in Damascus on Tuesday, officials said, and thanked each other for their support during years of international isolation.North Korea’s Ri Yong Ho thanked Walid Al-Moualem for Syria’s opposition to economic sanctions on Pyongyang, according to Syria’s foreign ministry. Moualem said Syria was grateful for North Korea’s support in international forums.United Nations monitors say the relationship has gone deeper than diplomacy and accused North Korea in February of cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons — a charge North Korea denied.Israel in 2007 bombed a suspected nuclear reactor in eastern Syria which it said...

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UN envoy pushes ahead for Yemen peace talks as wounded Houthis evacuated

SANAA: Houthi militia delegation and the UN envoy leaves Yemen's Sanaa for Sweden on Tuesday to participate in peace talks. It follows the Arab coalition agreement to allow 50 wounded Houthi militia to be transferred to Muscat for medical treatment.Envoy Martin Griffiths had been in Sanaa for meetings to evacuate the 50 wounded Houthi fighters for treatment in neutral Oman on Monday — a key Houthi precondition for the talks.A previous attempt by Griffiths to convene peace talks in Switzerland in September collapsed when militia failed to show up.The United Arab Emirates, which is a key player in the coalition,...
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Israel military to expose Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon

JERUSALEM: Israel’s military said on Tuesday it had begun an operation to “expose and thwart” cross-border attack tunnels from Lebanon dug by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the military had detected tunnels crossing from Lebanon into northern Israel. He said the Israeli operation to counter the tunnels would be inside Israel, and would not cross the border.Israel released video footage of digging and pile-driving equipment at work in unidentified locations with trees and bushes in the background, carrying out what it said were “tactical preparations to expose Hezbollah’s offensive cross-border tunnel project.” Reuters could...
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Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels

The Israeli military launched an operation on Tuesday to "expose and thwart" tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group that it says stretch from Lebanon into northern Israel. The tunnels are not operational, the military said, adding that its work to find and neutralize them was taking place inside Israeli territory. But the operation could send tensions soaring between Israel and its Iranian-backed foe, who have both been preoccupied with other conflicts since their last conflagration more than a decade ago. "We see Hezbollah's activities as a flagrant and blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty," said Lt. Col Jonathan Conricus, a...

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Houthis ‘still break international law’ despite confidence-building measures: Arab Coalition

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government condemned the Houthi militia on Monday for violating international law. The Houthis continue to plant improvised explosive devices in schools, including Al-Sharaf School in Hodeidah, said coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki. The coalition is continuing its efforts to rescue and rehabilitate children recruited as fighters by the Houthis, in cooperation with Yemen’s legitimate government, the Red Cross, the Red Crescent and human rights groups, he added. The coalition has so far rescued and rehabilitated 102 such children, he said, adding that the rehabilitation period takes at least three months. Rehabilitation includes...
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Netanyahu to meet US secretary of state in Brussels

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to hold talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels on Monday, a day after police recommended the premier’s indictment in a third graft case.Netanyahu’s office said the meeting had been set last week, but provided few other details.US President Donald Trump’s top diplomat was to be in Brussels for a NATO meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday.“I will discuss with Mike Pompeo a series of regional developments as well as the steps we are taking together to block the aggression of Iran and its proxies in the north,” Netanyahu said...
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US coalition targets IS figure involved in killing American

Interested in ISIS? Add ISIS as an interest to stay up to date on the latest ISIS news, video, and analysis from ABC News. ISIS Add Interest The U.S.-led coalition has targeted a senior member of the Islamic State group involved in the 2014 killing of American aid worker Peter Kassig, a military spokesman said Monday. Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS, told The Associated Press that coalition forces conducted precision strikes against Abu al-Umarayn and several other IS members. He said the strikes, which took place on Sunday, occurred in a desert area in...