Somkes rise following airstrike targeting rebels in Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus of Syria, on Feb. 24, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Zhen) (zw)
Somkes rise following airstrike targeting rebels in Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus of Syria, on Feb. 24, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Zhen) (zw)

ISTANBUL — The gunman who was captured overnight after 17 days on the run has admitted to a shooting spree he launched against a popular nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Day, killing 39 people, the governor aid Tuesday.
“He admitted that he conducted the attack,” Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters. “It is clear the attack was conducted on behalf of IS.” (Turkey-Nightclub Attack)
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TEHRAN — Senior Iranian and Russian security officials discussed the latest political, security, and military developments in Syria, Press TV reported on Tuesday.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev discussed the latest developments in telephone conversation. (Iran-Russia-Syria)
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RAMALLAH — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “is more than a provocative action threatening the peace process.”
Abbas told reporters while chairing the Palestinian government’s weekly meeting in Ramallah, “We told U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that we hope he won’t agree to moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem.” (Palestine-Abbas-Jerusalem)
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MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi government forces advanced further Tuesday in Mosul amid fierce clashes with Islamic State (IS) militant group, as the troops are nearly recapturing the whole eastern bank of the city, a military statement said.
The commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) advanced in the early morning in the eastern front and managed to retake control of Nineveh al-Sharqiya and Bab-Shams, as well as nearby area of Souq al-Ghanam after driving out IS militants, Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah from the Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement. (Iraq-IS) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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