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Hezbollah and Syrian army advance in border offensive: reports


BEIRUT Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.

Backing Qatar, Erdogan may have little room to maneuver in Gulf visit

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan heads to the Gulf this weekend in an attempt to patch up the rift between Qatar and its neighbors, but the firm Qatari ally may find himself with little room to maneuver as a mediator.

Eastern commander's forces battle resistance in Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya Fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and rival armed groups in Benghazi killed six troops and wounded eight as the LNA advanced into the last pockets of resistance in eastern Libya's largest city, a commander said on Saturday.

World, Libya 10:24am EDT

Iran's Revolutionary Guards detain Saudi fishing boat, arrest crew: IRNA

BEIRUT Iran's Revolutionary Guards have detained a Saudi Arabian fishing boat and arrested its crew, an Iranian state news agency reported on Saturday, at a time of increased diplomatic tension between the two regional powers.

World, Saudi Arabia 10:19am EDT

Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian attacker, arrest brother

JERUSALEM Israeli security forces on Saturday raided the home of the Palestinian attacker who stabbed to death three Israelis and restricted movement for Palestinians from his West Bank village, the military said.

World, Israel 9:33am EDT

Syrian army declares cessation of hostilities east of capital: state TV

BEIRUT The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities on Saturday in the rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta region near the capital, state television reported.

World, Syria 9:12am EDT

Four German women who joined Islamic State detained in Iraq: report

BERLIN Four German women, including a 16-year-old girl, who joined Islamic State in recent years are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

World, Iraq 8:34am EDT

Egypt court sentences 28 to death over 2015 prosecutor killing

CAIRO A Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced to death 28 people over the 2015 killing of Egypt's top prosecutor after the death penalty was approved by the country's top religious authority, and it also jailed 15 others for 25 years each.

World, Egypt 8:23am EDT

Son of Afghan Taliban leader dies carrying out suicide attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada died on Thursday carrying out a suicide attack in the province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, one of the insurgent movement's main spokesmen said.

World, Afghanistan 4:03am EDT

Syrian military says jets attack Islamic State east of Raqqa: state TV

BEIRUT Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported, citing a military source.

World, Syria 3:47am EDT

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