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Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': Barzani

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday.

National celebrations open Saudi sports stadium to women for first time

RIYADH Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend with a big program of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening which allowed women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time. | Video

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U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military

WASHINGTON Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

World, Libya11:56am EDT

Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, witnesses say

AMMAN Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

World, Syria, Russia11:39am EDT

U.S. allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Deir al-Zor

Deir al Zor, SYRIA U.S.-allied militias in northern Syria announced on Saturday the formation of a civilian council to govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are racing with the Syrian army to capture territory held by Islamic State.

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Iran halts flights to Iraq's Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote

DUBAI/ISTANBUL/ERBIL, Iraq Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq on Sunday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold a referendum on independence. It also started wargames at the Kurdish border.

Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis: Arabiya TV

DUBAI A solution in Yemen's two and-a-half year-old civil war will likely come through military rather than political means, the country's Saudi-backed president said, blaming the Iran-aligned Houthis of obstructing chances of peace.

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U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor: senior commander

AMMAN U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.

World, Syria1:03am EDT

Syria's Moualem says victory within reach, de-escalation zones temporary

UNITED NATIONS Syria's foreign minister said on Saturday that victory was within reach in the country and that Damascus hoped de-escalation zones will help reach a cessation of hostilities. | Video

Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticizes arms program

DUBAI Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop. | Video

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