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Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

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RIYADH/DOHA U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to "go home", after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia. | Video

Militants attack Egypt police, dozens killed: sources

CAIRO Egypt's security forces suffered one of their heaviest attacks after militants firing rockets and detonating explosives hit a police operation on Friday in the western desert, authorities and security sources said on Saturday. | Video

World, Egypt 1:01pm EDT

Hamas deputy leader says to continue Iran ties, armed fight

DUBAI The deputy head of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas vowed to keep close ties with Israel's arch-enemy Iran and to maintain its weapons, Iranian media reported on Sunday, rejecting Israeli preconditions for any peace talks.

World, Israel 10:52am EDT

U.S.-backed militias seize key oil field in east Syria: SDF

BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias said they captured Syria's largest oil field on Sunday, pressing their assault against Islamic State in the east of the country.

World, Syria 6:25am EDT

Russia accuses U.S.-led coalition of 'barbaric' bombing of Syria's Raqqa

MOSCOW Russia accused the U.S.-led coalition in Syria on Sunday of wiping the city of Raqqa "off the face of the earth" with carpet bombing in the same way the United States and Britain had bombed Germany's Dresden in 1945.

World, Russia, Germany, Syria 6:24am EDT

U.N. ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

TUNIS Month-long U.N.-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress towards stabilizing the country and paving the way for elections.

World, Libya Oct 21 2017

Turkey bank regulator dismisses 'rumors' after Iran sanctions report

ANKARA Turkey's banking regulator urged the public on Saturday to ignore rumors about financial institutions, in an apparent dismissal of a report that some Turkish banks face billions of dollars of U.S. fines over alleged violations of Iran sanctions.

World, Turkey Oct 21 2017

Tillerson lands in Riyadh at start of Gulf, South Asia tour

RIYADH U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to attend a landmark meeting between officials from Saudi Arabia and Iraq aimed at improving relations between the two countries and countering Iran’s growing regional influence.

World, Saudi Arabia, Iraq Oct 21 2017

Car bomb kills 15 Afghan cadets, trainers outside Kabul military school

KABUL A suicide attacker rammed a car full of explosives into a bus leaving Afghanistan's top military training center in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, including cadets and their trainers, officials said.

World, Afghanistan Oct 21 2017

Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

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