AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016
AFP / Ahmad Al-Rubaye A member of the Iraqi pro-government forces fires a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during an operation in al-Shahabi village, east of Fallujah, in an operation to retake the city from Islamic State group, on May 24, 2016

DAMASCUS — The Islamic State (IS) group has destroyed the facade of the ancient Roman theatre as well as the Tetrapylon in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra in central Syria, state TV reported on Friday.
The interface of the second-century CE theatre was completely demolished after being booby-trapped with explosions, as well as the famous Tetrapylon, a type of ancient Roman monument of a cubic shape, in that millennia-old city, according to the report. (Syria-IS)
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ANKARA — Five Turkish soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in attack by IS militants in al-Bab area of northern Syria on Friday, according to the Turkish General Staff.
The attack was staged with a bomb-laden vehicle by IS militants at 1:40 p.m. local time. (Turkey-attack)
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ISTANBUL — A flame thrower was fired at the police headquarters in Istanbul on Friday evening but caused no injuries, the governor said.
“Flame thrower fired at the Istanbul police headquarters,” Governor Vasip Sahin tweeted. “The exterior garden wall was hit. There are no casualties among our staff.” (Turkey-Police Headquarters Attack)
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RAMALLAH — Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Friday that Palestinians are willing to work and cooperate with the new U.S. administration under President Donald Trump to achieve security and peace in the Middle East region and ending the conflict with Israel based on the two-state solution.
Secretary General of the PLO, Saeb Erekat, made the remarks in the wake of Trump’s official inauguration, hoping that Trump would seriously turn the talk about the two-state solution to action on the ground and not to take any steps that would undermine this basis. (Gaza-PLO-Israel) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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