Houthi rebels were largely defeated in the city of Taiz in southwestern Yemen more than a year ago but the government hasn't been able to maintain influence over the area.
Despite a de-escalation zone agreement brokered by Turkey, Russia and Iran, Bashar al Assad's regime forces continue to target the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Syrian regime’s air strikes on Idlib targeted moderate opposition forces in the city; and Russia and Iran need to prevent these attacks.
According to a war monitor, the Assad regime has upped the pressure on two of the last opposition bastions in Syria this week, pounding the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus and the northern province of Idlib.
Abdelkader Merah has been convicted of terrorist conspiracy but cleared of complicity in murders committed by his brother Mohamed's.
Turkey seeks to forge new bi-literal relations with Uzbekistan based on mutual economic and security interests
New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all U.S.-bound flights to comply with government requirements designed to avoid an in-cabin ban on laptops.
Police initially opened fire to prevent people from accessing the rubble-strewn scene of Saturday's attack. But, overwhelmed by the number of people, they eventually let thousands of protesters gather at the site.
Militant leader Abu Mohammad al Golani, the former head of the Nusra Front before it merged with other groups to form Tahrir al Sham, was injured in an air strike.
In May, a deal determining four de-escalation zones brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey to reduce violence in Syria was agreed. But in one of those areas, Idlib, the agreement could not be implemented.
Russia and Turkey, who both support different warring sides in Syria, are meeting in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana. Russian envoy says that an agreement on the fourth de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib province is ‘very close’.
The attacker blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official's office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne, police and residents say.
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