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French citizen returns home after Iran prison ordeal


Thursday, 13 June, 2024 , 12:27 AFP Frenchman Louis Arnaud returned to Paris on Thursday after his release from an over 20-month prison ordeal in Iran, but a dozen Europeans are still detained in the Islamic republic.

CORRECTED: French citizen Louis Arnaud held in Iran arrives in Paris


Thursday, 13 June, 2024 , 12:25 AFP French citizen Louis Arnaud returned to Paris Thursday after being held in Iran since September 2022 and sentenced last year to five years in jail on national security charges.

Fire at Iraqi oil refinery injures 10: civil defence


Thursday, 13 June, 2024 , 11:35 AFP A massive fire at an oil refinery in Iraqi Kurdistan injured at least 10 people including firefighters battling to control the blaze, which was ongoing Thursday, the civil defence agency reported.

French citizen Louis Arnaud held in Iran arrives in Paris


Thursday, 13 June, 2024 , 09:05 AFP French citizen Louis Arnaud returned to Paris Thursday after being held in Iran since September 2022 and sentenced last year to five years in jail on national security charges.

Court acquits Turkish police of killing human rights lawyer


Wednesday, 12 June, 2024 , 18:14 AFP A Turkish court on Wednesday acquitted three police officers nine years after the killing of a prominent rights lawyer in the Kurdish majority city of Diyarbakir.

16 Syrian soldiers killed by IS jihadists: monitor


Wednesday, 12 June, 2024 , 16:11 AFP Sixteen Syrian soldiers, including an officer, have been killed in a minefield laid by the Islamic State group and an attack by the jihadists in the desert, a monitor said Wednesday.

Armed Syrian Kurdish women stand guard over precious wheatfields


Wednesday, 12 June, 2024 , 05:46 AFP Holding a weapon in one hand and fixing her scarf with the other, Yasmine Youssef patrols one of northeast Syria's vast wheatfields, a vital source of income in the country's breadbasket.

Iraq's top Christian leader reinstated as head of church


Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 , 21:50 AFP Iraq's prime minister reinstated Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako as the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic church, paving the way for his return to Baghdad a year after a dispute with the president.

Erdogan visits opposition party headquarters first time in 18 years


Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 , 17:27 AFP Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the opposition CHP party headquarters on Tuesday, the first time in 18 years, after his party's dramatic defeat in the March local elections.

Car bombing kills two pro-Iran fighters in Syria: monitor


Saturday, 8 June, 2024 , 11:34 AFP A car bombing killed two pro-Iran fighters in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on Saturday, a war monitor said.