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US military says difficult to avoid Mosul casualties, probes blast

A senior U.S. general said on Wednesday it will be difficult to maintain "extraordinarily high standards" to avoid civilian casualties in Mosul, even as the U.S. military begins a formal investigation into an explosion in the Iraqi city that is believed to have killed scores of civilians

East Libyan fighter jet crashes outside Tobruk, four killed

A fighter jet belonging to east Libyan forces crashed in a residential area south of the city of Tobruk on Wednesday, killing the pilot and a family of three, military officials said

Environment Minister inspects northern Lebanon factories

Environment Minister Tarek Khatib Wednesday said he was unhappy with the state of the environment in northern Lebanon

Egypt unearths part of ancient King Khufu's boat

A plank of wood believed to be from the boat of an ancient Egyptian king has been unearthed near the Great Pyramid at Giza, archaeologists said on Wednesday

Family and close friends say goodbye to George Michael

Singer George Michael's publicist says his funeral has been held in London

German MP charges she was targeted by Turkish spies

A German lawmaker said Wednesday she was on a list of Turkish espionage targets, charging that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government had "clearly crossed a line".

Arab leaders endorse two-state solution, say ready for reconciliation with Israel

After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict

Lebanon police arrest suspected extortionist

Police arrested a man suspected of extorting Syrian laborers in Beirut's southern suburbs, authorities said Wednesday

PM Saad Hariri accompanies Saudi King Salman to Riyadh

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Wednesday accompanied Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud to Riyadh

Loew sees Nagelsmann as possible Germany successor

Germany's World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has named rising Bundesliga star Julian Nagelsmann, 29, as a possible future successor to take charge of the national team.

Everton suffer Funes Mori blow ahead of Liverpool game

Everton have been dealt another injury blow ahead of Saturday's Premier League derby against Liverpool after defender Ramiro Funes Mori was injured while playing for Argentina

Senior players want say in choosing next Dutch coach

Netherlands captain Arjen Robben believes he and experienced team mate Wesley Sneijder should be given a role in helping to find a replacement for former national team coach Danny Blind, who was sacked at the weekend.

Aoun in good health after heavy fall at Arab Summit

President Michel Aoun is reportedly in good health, despite a heavy fall at the Arab Summit in Jordan Wednesday

Jordan's King Abdullah says two-state solution basis of Middle East peace

Jordan's King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state under a two-state solution that would be the basis of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal

Paris arrests 10 after clashes over police killing of Chinese man

Ten people were arrested in a second night of protests in Paris over the killing by police of a Chinese father of five, an incident that has caused tensions with Beijing

Greece, EU/IMF lenders reach deal on labour reforms, pension cuts: sources

Greece has reached an agreement with its lenders on key labor reforms, spending cuts and energy issues, moving closer to clinching a deal before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on April 7, sources close to the talks said Wednesday

Indonesian man found dead inside giant python

An Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops, an official said Wednesday

Pakistan court stops extradition of US citizen accused of terror plot

A Pakistani court has temporarily barred the extradition of a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin who is accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York, a lawyer said Wednesday

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

A nascent Rohingya militant group whose raids triggered a bloody crackdown by Myanmar's army called Wednesday for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless Muslim minority

Barcelona defends Messi over 'unfair' suspension

Barcelona says Lionel Messi's four-match international suspension for insulting a linesman was "unfair and totally disproportionate

Engineers set to to enter ISIS-held parts of Syria dam

Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance Wednesday on the country's largest dam, where U.S.-backed fighters have been battling ISIS who still control most of it

Turkey warns Baghdad over plan for Kurdish flag in Kirkuk

Turkey Wednesday voiced its opposition to a vote in the disputed oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings, warning against "unilateral steps"

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

Iraqi special forces and police fought ISIS militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said

Pope demands 'urgent' action to protect civilians in Iraq

Pope Francis demanded "urgent" action Wednesday to protect civilians in Iraq, saying forces involved in the battle for Mosul have an obligation to protect innocents following a recent spike in civilian casualties

Pulis urges West Brom's youngsters to step up ahead of hectic week

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has urged the club's academy players to raise their game as he plans to make changes to his squad in order to cope with their packed Premier League schedule

Pope demands 'urgent' action to protect civilians in Iraq

Pope Francis has demanded "urgent" action to protect civilians in Iraq, saying forces involved in the battle for Mosul have an obligation to protect innocents following a recent spike in civilian casualties

City focused for tough Arsenal and Chelsea tests: Garcia

The international break has allowed Manchester City players to recuperate and refocus ahead of their Premier League trips to Arsenal and Chelsea, midfielder Aleix Garcia has said

Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title

Washington clinched its first division crown in 38 years with a 119-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, ending the longest division-title drought in NBA history.

Activist Ahmad Amhaz released on bail, will still stand trial

Lebanese activist Ahmad Amhaz was released Thursday on a 500,000LL bail, following nine days in prison over a Facebook post that insulted political officials

S.Korea media slam govt over ferry 'remains'

South Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism Wednesday for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct themselves within hours to say they were animal bones

Palestinian leader meets Trump envoy at Arab summit

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has met one of U.S. President Donald Trump's top envoys on the sidelines of an Arab summit as the White House seeks ways to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks

Turkish banker arrested in US on charges of violating Iran sanctions

A senior official at a state-owned Turkish bank has been detained in the United States on charges of helping Iran violate U.S. sanctions against the country, the bank said Wednesday

Governor fired as new violence hits Morocco province

Moroccan authorities fired a provincial governor after angry protesters clashed with police leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured, an interior ministry source told AFP

Philippines, China to hold direct talks on sea row: Manila

China and the Philippines will hold direct talks on their maritime dispute in May, Filipino officials said Wednesday, as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks stronger economic ties with Beijing

Controversial letter stirs Lebanon's Cabinet

Lebanon's Cabinet has condemned the controversial letter sent by former presidents and prime ministers to the Arab Summit, local daily Al-Liwa reported Wednesday

Zuma skips funeral of S.Africa anti-apartheid icon

President Jacob Zuma will not attend the funeral Wednesday of celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the government

Drone strike kills 4 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

A drone strike killed four suspected members of Al-Qaeda in south Yemen Wednesday, a security official said, as the United States intensifies air raids on extremists in the war-torn country

No one wants lines of trucks at borders after Brexit: Hammond

Finance minister Philip Hammond said Wednesday he was confident Britain would negotiate a customs arrangement with the European Union that would allow for borders to be as frictionless as possible after Brexit

Grenade attack as Bangladesh police raid Islamist hideout

Bangladesh police came under grenade attack when they raided two suspected Islamist extremist hideouts Wednesday, days after a major anti-militant drive in which 10 people were killed

Syria deal to evacuate Shiites and Sunnis from towns: source, activists

The Shiite populations of two pro-Syrian government towns are to be evacuated in exchange for the evacuation of Sunni rebels and their families from two opposition-held towns in a mediated deal between the warring sides, a pro-government source and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said

Speaker Berri reiterates support for technical delay in Parliament elections

Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri has expressed the need to differentiate between a "technical" delay and any other delay in the upcoming Parliament elections, local daily Al-Joumhhouria reported Wednesday

Nepal asks climbers to clean quake-littered Everest camp

Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp

Australian meat industry licks lips at post-Brexit Europe

As Britain's divorce from the European Union begins Wednesday, Australia's meat industry is licking its lips at the prospect of a boost in exports as London scrambles to sign free-trade deals across the globe

Polish consulate attacked in Ukrainian town: media

Unidentified attackers have struck the Polish consulate in the western Ukrainian town of Lutsk, damaging the roof and windows, local media said Wednesday, citing witnesses

Saudi Arabia shoots down Yemen rebel missiles

Saudi Arabia intercepted four missiles fired by Yemeni rebels Tuesday, an Arab coalition said, in what it described as evidence of arms smuggling through a rebel-held Red Sea port.

Coalition pressured over blast as Iraqi forces push

Investigators are in the Iraqi city of Mosul to determine whether a U.S.-led coalition strike or Daesh-rigged explosives caused a blast that destroyed buildings and may have killed more than 200 people, a U.S. military commander said.

Disputed Iraqi province votes to fly Kurdish flag

Provincial councillors in oil-rich Kirkuk province voted Tuesday to fly the Kurdish regional flag over government buildings, a move likely to increase tensions with Baghdad.

Russia, Iran ink deals as Rouhani visits Moscow

Russia signed Tuesday a string of bilateral agreements with Iran as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his first official visit to Moscow.

Messy divorce: Britain marches toward the exit

As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word divorce to describe what is happening.

Milestone in the making: The coming ban on nuclear weapons

On March 27, the United Nations will start negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.