DAMASCUS -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday slammed the Turkish plan to create a safe zone in northern Syria as an "aggressive and colonial act."
The ministry said in a statement that the Turkish side aims to create an "explosive hotspot" inside Syria and continue to "arm and operate terrorist groups to use them against the Syrian people," according to the state news agency SANA. (Syria-Turkey-Safe Zone)
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SANAA -- Representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthi militia started meetings in Jordan's capital Amman on Wednesday to discuss lifting the siege on Taiz city, which holds strategic significance in southwestern Yemen.
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said on his official Twitter account that the talks are under his auspices and he has spent the last few days in Jordan talking with Yemen's political heavyweights. (Yemen-Houthis-Peace talks-UN)
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TEHRAN -- The death toll in a 10-story commercial building collapse in southwestern Iran has risen to 16, official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.
The incident, which took place on Monday in the city of Abadan, has also injured another 38 so far, it said. (Iran-Building Collapse-Rescue)
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TUNIS -- One illegal immigrant died and 75 others went missing after a boat carrying 100 immigrants sank off Tunisia's eastern coast, a National Guard spokesman said on Wednesday.
Units of maritime guard managed to recover one body and rescue 24 people off the coast of Sfax city, Houcemeddine Jbabli said on social media. (Tunisia-Illegal Migrants-Missing)