Uzbek chief prosecutor sacked over graft probe: report

TASHKENT (Reuters) – Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has sacked Prosecutor General Otabek Murodov after he was targeted in a corruption probe, news website Gazeta.uz quoted Mirziyoyev as saying on Friday. Last week, the Uzbek authorities announced that the former head of state security, Ikhtiyor Abdullayev, was also being investigated for alleged corruption. Both Murodov and Abdullayev were promoted last year […]

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Yemen's Houthis step up drone attacks on Saudi Arabia

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace efforts. The latest hostilities coincide with rising tensions between Iran and Gulf Arab states allied to the United States and come just as a sensitive, […]

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Rocket fired in Iraqi capital, no casualties

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A rocket was fired in Iraqi capital Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said on Sunday. A blast was heard in central Baghdad on Sunday night, Reuters witnesses said and two Baghdad-based diplomatic sources also said they heard the blast. “A Katyusha rocket fell in […]

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German armed forces suspend training ops in Iraq on regional tensions

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is suspending military training operations in Iraq due to increasing regional tensions, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Germany has no indications of its own of attacks supported by Iran, he said. He added that training programmes could resume in the coming days. Focus Online said the decision had been taken in coordination […]

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Yemen's Houthis start withdrawing from ports in Hodeidah: witness

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi movement on Saturday started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah province under a United Nations-sponsored peace deal that had been stalled for months, a Reuters witness said. The move, which has yet to be verified by the U.N. and accepted by the Saudi-led coalition, is the first major step in implementing a deal […]

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Syrian rebels say goal of Russia's Idlib assault is to take highways

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebels backed by Turkey said on Monday that Moscow and its Syrian government ally were trying to wrest control of two major highways in their last enclave in the northwest of the country in a bid to shore up Syria’s sanction-hit economy. The sixth day of the campaign by government forces saw heavy aerial attacks targeting […]

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Nine soldiers killed in south Libya attack on Haftar camp: hospital

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Nine soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a training camp belonging to the eastern Libyan forces of Khalifa Haftar, hospital authorities said. The attack took place in the city of Sebha, located in part of the oil-producing south that is targeted by armed groups looking to exploit a security void. […]

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