Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq — Iraqi security forces on Monday continued daily clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi province of Anbar, leaving a total of 34 people killed and 23 others wounded, a provincial security source said. (Iraq-IS-Clashes)
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Iraq MOSCOW — Kremlin denounced Monday the U.S. attempts to provide air cover for Syrian rebels, indicating it will ultimately destabilize the country’s situation.
“We have repeatedly stressed that the assistance, especially financial or technical one, to the Syrian opposition would further destabilize the situation in the country,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. (Russia-Syria-US)
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JAKARTA — Two people were killed and 10 others injured in a bomb explosion that ripped apart several houses in Indonesia’s eastern region city of Makassar on Monday afternoon, a local TV network reported.
The explosion occurred at 15:30 local time in Puri Pattene Permai housing cluster in Biringkiraya in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province capital of Makassar. (Indonesia-Bomb Explosion)
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SEOUL — South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday stressed the importance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s right perception of history that could be reflected in his upcoming statement later this month to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (South Korea-Japan-History)
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DAMASCUS — At least 25 people were killed and tens of others wounded when a Syrian warplane crashed over a marketplace in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, activists reported.
The war jet crashed over a popular marketplace in the town of Ariha in the countryside of Idlib, much of which fell recently to the so-called Jaish al-Fateh, or the Conquer Army, an alliance of several jihadi groups, mainly the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. (Syria-Warplane Crash) Enditem

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