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February 23, 2015

Turkey already has a law that permits Saudis to own real estate in the country.
07:42 GMT
Turkey is planning to offer citizenship to Saudi investors, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said here on Sunday.
Libyan supporters of "Fajr Libya" (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance, take part in a protest in Tripoli's central Martyr's Square. (AFP/File)
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The militias, which have been controlling Tripoli since 2014, lauded efforts made by a western Libya council of tribal dignitaries to hammer out a truce among warring groups in the western cities of Zintan and Misurata.
The kingdom has made appraisals of unconventional gas potential in its northwest, Eastern Province and Empty Quarter.
07:33 GMT
"Saudi Arabia will be the next frontier after the US, where shale and unconventional will make a significant contribution to our energy mix, especially gas."
Egypt has accelerated the pace of auctions for exploration and production blocks and improved deal terms to help attract major energy companies.
07:12 GMT
Egypt will hold an international auction for eight oil and natural gas exploration blocks in the Mediterranean Sea.
Israeli forces raided the camp late Sunday, injuring a number of Palestinians. (AFP/File)
06:36 GMT
Seven Palestinians were injured by live bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem late Sunday.
Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), recaptured dozens of villages in the Hassakeh province. (AFP/File)
06:26 GMT
Kurdish fighters retook some 20 villages from Daesh militants in the Syrian province of Hassakeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Israel's defense ministry said Sunday the $2.82 billion deal will help boost the country's economy. (AFP/File)
06:01 GMT
Israel's defense ministry said Sunday the $2.82 billion deal will help boost the country's economy.
Jerusalem cleared snow Saturday, and for that they must be dealt with, a rabbi said Sunday. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
06:01 GMT
Jerusalem cleared snow Saturday, and for that they must be dealt with, a rabbi said Sunday.
Airlines called for more flights to Beirut on Sunday in response to increased passenger demand. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
05:00 GMT
Airlines called for more flights to Beirut on Sunday in response to increased passenger demand.
Both two-door, two-seater sports cars, the AMG GT boasts 462 horsepower and comes with a starting price of BD68,000 ($170000),
04:55 GMT
The all-new Mercedes AMG GT and GT S were unveiled for the first time in Bahrain last night (February 21) by Al Haddad Motors.

February 22, 2015

Nabil Fekir
20:31 GMT
The 21-year-old attacker has been heavily linked with a summer move to North London, but insists he will only leave Lyon if he is guaranteed a place in their first XI
The kidnappings come a day after Daesh burned to death 50 civilians in Hit. (AFP/File)
20:21 GMT
Daesh has captured 23 people in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin
Australia's prime minister is clamping down on extremists, but Muslims say they're the scapegoat. (AFP/Peter Parks)
19:35 GMT
Australia's prime minister is clamping down on extremists, but Muslims say they're the scapegoat.
The suspect is an 18-year-old Palestinian who was "illegal in Israel" and taken in for questioning Sunday. (AFP/File)
18:44 GMT
The suspect is an 18-year-old Palestinian who was "illegal in Israel" and taken in for questioning Sunday.
The impact of tenants choosing to remain in their accommodations rather than relocate to another location has also contributed to the slowdown in the growth of rents, Asteco added
18:40 GMT
Dubai’s residential rents are poised to soften in 2015 due to additional supply entering the market, according to a new report by property consultant Asteco.
Avni was referencing the justification of the seizure of the management of Bank Asya, the country's largest Islamic lender, in a midnight operation on Feb. 3.
18:35 GMT
A government whistleblower who tweets under the pseudonym Fuat Avni argued on Tuesday that most lenders in Turkey are vulnerable to being seized by the government.
The statement said that the number of Arab visitors reached 34,734 during January 2015, registering an increase of 38.4 percent compared with the same month in 2014.
18:29 GMT
Lured by the snowy mountains and skiing season, the number of visitors to Lebanon in January 2015 increased by 22.6 percent compared with the same month in 2014.
Air traffic control is a seemingly invisible concept, and as such it’s often forgotten about.
18:20 GMT
Air traffic control is a seemingly invisible concept, and as such it’s often forgotten about.
The deadliest attack was near the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
Multiple bombings in Iraq have killed 12 people and wounded many more, the Associated Press has reported.
2022 Qatar World Cup logo
17:13 GMT
The heads of Europe's leading clubs and leagues, including Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, will make a last-ditch stand this week to prevent the 2022 Qatar World Cup being switched to November and December, causing untold damage to the global calendar and potentially throwing television scheduling into chaos.
Daesh militants are now prepared to sell bodies of Kurds that they have killed. (AFP)
17:00 GMT
Daesh has reportedly said it will deliver the bodies of dead Kurdish fighters in return for payment, according to a German newspaper.
Celebrities with budgets through the roof eye a $55 million apartment. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
Celebrities with budgets through the roof eye a $55 million apartment.
Amal Clooney & Anne Hathaway - Hollywood has been fascinated with everything Amal Alamuddin since hooking up with silverfox George Clooney. Now their new obsession is the Lebanese lawyer’s uncanny resemblance to US actress Anne Hathaway. These two share more than just success and a fabulous wardrobe, their faces are practically identical!
15:57 GMT
Were these guys separated at birth? Seriously, these Arab superstars must have a secret Tinseltown twin. Do you see the resemblance?
Israel has withheld tax revenues for the PA since it joined the International Criminal Court last month. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to cut security ties with Israel if the country continues to withhold tax revenues, the Associated Press has reported.
Rio Ferdinand
15:46 GMT
The former England captain says FIFA and UEFA have "let football down, time and time again" in failing to adequately address the issue of racism.
Turkish forces are evacuating their soldiers Sunday after a ground mission to relocate a tomb in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT
Turkish forces are evacuating their soldiers Sunday after a ground mission to relocate a tomb in Syria.
An image made available by Islamist media propaganda outlet Welayat Tarablos on February 18, 2015, allegedly shows members of the Islamic State militant group parading in a street in the Libyan city of Sirte.(AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
Militants associated with Daesh have claimed responsibility for both the attack against the Iranian embassy earlier today, as well as rocket-fire against an airport this past weekend.
Daesh says that European fighters only make up a small number of its group. (AFP)
14:56 GMT
The number of Daesh (ISIS) fighters from Europe is drying up since European states have introduced tighter restrictions on would-be fighters traveling to Iraq and Syria, Reuters has reported.
The need to support mobility-based initiatives requires various specialised skill sets across multiple IT technical professions.
14:50 GMT
And as time moves forward, mobile computing will continue to be a double-edged sword for IT departments.
The GSMA Intelligence data calculated that 4G coverage will be available to 35 per cent of the global population by the end of 2015, up from 27 per cent at the end of last year.
14:40 GMT
The 4G-LTE network is set to cover more than a third of the global population by the end of the year as 4G deployments continue to accelerate across the world, according to new data.
Istanbul men march in solidarity with victims of sexual assault.  (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT
Istanbul men don miniskirts to protest sexual violence; why Palestinians should reject Erdogan's advocacy; rise of e-commerce in MENA
“Twelve years later, after the introduction of successful new models like Ghost and Wraith, Rolls-Royce stands proudly at the pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing,"
14:15 GMT
Rolls-Royce is developing an all-new model with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose, featuring the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain.
Earlier this year the Algerian embassy was also attacked in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Two bombs have exploded outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, causing minimum damage to the empty building.
Ana Ivanovic
13:40 GMT
Dubai Duty Free, one of the UAE's leading airport retailers, and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have re-signed this week global tennis stars Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki as brand ambassadors for Dubai Duty Free.
Maya's blue hair is just one of the wild looks she went for during her career. (Image: Albawaba file)
12:05 GMT
Miss Fashionista Maya Diab has a new business venture, and we think you're totes going to like it!
From $115 in June, they have gone down to around $50 last month.
12:03 GMT
Projects worth around $200 billion (Dh734.47 billion) were cancelled globally in the last three months due to falling oil prices.
A dressed-up man parades during the annual festival of Zamboin in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, this festival marks the beginning of the Christian fasting season ahead of Easter. (AFP/ Ibrahim Chalhoub)
11:58 GMT
A dressed-up man parades during the annual festival of Zambo, that marks the beginning of lent, the Christian fasting season ahead of Easter

"This does not mean that the market is dull. There is still good demand for the properties," he added.
11:43 GMT
Residential property rents in Qatar have increased 20 per cent over last year, but the oil price crash may help stabilise the market and prevent an unreasonable further hike, according to a report.
Ragheb Alama keepin' Elissa warm on the X Factor set. (Image: Twitter)
11:32 GMT
Some snickering fans spread rumors that Ragheb Alama and Elissa were more than just colleagues after the songstress shared a picture of the two all kinds of cuddly on set X Factor.
Visa card holders in Saudi Arabia came in first place in terms of spending, spending $35.18m during the first half of the festival.
11:32 GMT
The company said that Egyptian spending in the first 15 days of the festival amounted to $10.18m, an increase of 52% compared to their spending in the same period last year.
Palestinian men make their way by horse and cart through a flooded street during heavy rains in Gaza City on November 27, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:22 GMT
Israeli authorities have opened numerous dams following recent heavy rain, causing hundreds of Palestinians to flee from flooding in the Gaza Valley.
The three Britons were last spotted on CCTV leaving London's Gatwick airport for Turkey. (Image: London Metropolitan Police)
11:21 GMT
Three schoolgirls from the UK who allegedly fled their homes to join Daesh have crossed into Syria, according to a report from the Telegraph.
"The joint venture will ... manufacture (remote) weapons systems and advanced armour solutions for Indian and subsequently global customers of Rafael," Kalyani told reporters in Bangalore.
11:15 GMT
India's Kalyani industrial group announced on Thursday a "substantial" joint venture with Israel to make missiles and other weapons.
Shams has reportedly expressed her love for her hubby in an insulting way! (Image: Albawaba file)
11:12 GMT
Kuwaiti singer Shams must have really upset her hubby for him to block her on Whatsapp!
An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off during a display for foreign media. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Israeli fighter jets have have entered Lebanon’s airspace, flying at low altitudes over several areas.
Adel Imam had to have security personnel on his latest set. (Image: Facebook)
11:03 GMT
All the students on campus at Cairo University were only actors as Adel Imam's new program "A Manager and the Head of a Department" filmed scenes on location.
Shamima Begum, 15, was pictured on CCTV leaving the UK from London's Gatwick airport. (Image: Daily Mail)
10:17 GMT
Family and friends of three schoolgirls believed to have fled the UK to join Daesh in Syria pleaded for them to return home.
The Palace in the Sky. (Image: www.meier.co.il)
10:03 GMT
New uber-modern development, Meier-on-Rothschild Tower, might bring a bunch of Tinseltown names to settle in Tel Aviv.
Filming the "Scoop With Raya" pre-Oscar special. (Image: Instagram)
09:48 GMT
We know her well from "Scoop with Raya" among a slew of other TV appearances. MBC presenter Raya Abirached shares what it's like to be an Arab celebrity living in London.
Smoke billows after a US air strike near the Mosul dam. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
09:42 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the US-led international coalition responded to a Daesh attack in Iraq, killing 27 militants.
Given ostrich meat is not a common delicacy among Israelis or Palestinians, for now Abu Tir sells only on demand, but he is optimistic the business can grow.
09:31 GMT
Fifty-year-old farmer Abdelrahman Abu Tir, whose name coincidentally translates as "father of the bird", has for the last three years been farming ostriches for meat in a project unique in the Palestinian Territories.
Joakim Medin photographed in Kobane. (Photo: Facebook)
09:27 GMT
Joakim Medin, a freelance journalist from Sweden, was released by Syrian forces after having been near the Turkish border.
Lady Gaga looking - but not touching - an Oscar. (Image: Instagram)
09:25 GMT
OSN is the region's leading pay-TV network, and they're the ones bringing you the Oscars!
Former Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi photographed in 2013. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)
09:14 GMT
In his first public comments since resignation, former Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi reasserted his authority in a statement to Al-Jazeera news.
Mikhail Youzhny
08:46 GMT
Two-time semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny will be looking to go at least one better as he makes his 14th successive appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open that starts at the Dubai Tennis Stadium from Monday.
Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
Daesh released a new video which presumably shows 21 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded through packed streets in the embattled Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
Dubai Zoo was opened by Otto J. Bulart in 1968. (Pixabay)
08:33 GMT
One of the oldest employees in the famous Dubai Zoo might be old and frail, but he's still opens the doors every day at 6am!
A Palestinian man secures a tent in a camp set up by Palestinians next to homes after a major blizzard hit the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Homeless families living in the Gaza Strip take inventory of their losses after a hard winter storm. Fortunately, no deaths were reported.
Gulf countries are allegedly funding Daesh so the militant group won't carry out operations in their lands. (AFP/File)
07:33 GMT
The West has been trying to stop private donors from funding Daesh militants with little impact on the extremist group. Is there any other way the Kurds, Iraqi army and the US-led coalition can take them down?
Daesh had been closing in on the tomb of Suleyman Shah. (Photo: Google +)
07:30 GMT
Successful operation overnight with tanks and troops brings back the body of Suleyman Shah in Turkey's only exclave, Turkish prime minister and army confirm.
There are been numerous attacks on Egypt's security forces by the group in recent months. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Egypt’s Ansar Bait al-Maqdis militant group has dismissed media reports that it has pledged allegiance to Daesh, whose members are currently wreaking havoc in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
The newly accepted package calls for turnkey construction of a fully automated driverless metro system.
05:55 GMT
A five-member consortium has received a ‘Letter of Conditional Acceptance’ from the Qatar Railways Company for a systems package of the Doha Metro.
The UN had attempted to broker a ceasefire between rebels and Bashar al-Assad's troops last week in the besieged city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
05:51 GMT
At least four people were killed and 20 injured in the Syrian city of Aleppo hours after another blast killed four in Qardahain.
The ice cream is made with ambrosial Iranian saffron and black Italian truffles. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)
05:00 GMT
At Scoopi Cafe, a newly launched gourmet chocolatier and ice cream café on Jumeirah Road in Dubai, a scoop of their signature ‘Black Diamond’ sundae sells no less than Dh2,999 ($816.)
Syrian refugees in a camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.  (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Syrian refugees suffer severe winter weather; satirical musings on radical Islam; Machiavelli and the Houthis; and a disappointing year for Iranian cinema.
Baghdad's former mayor was sacked and will be replaced by Zekra Al Wash. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Baghdad has named its first female mayor, a government spokesman said Saturday. AFP reported that Zekra Al Wash, a civil engineer and director general of the ministry of higher education, is the first woman to be given such a post in Iraq.
Dubai, whose topography is marked by mostly flat sandy desert and the western Hajar Mountains (Hatta), does not grow its own tea.
04:55 GMT
The desert here may not grow tea commercially, but a factory by the sea in Dubai is en route to having the largest stand-alone tea facility that supplies to the rest of the world,
Moody’s also attached to its rating a negative outlook, suggesting the country faces potentially another downgrade in the coming months.
04:55 GMT
Moody’s cut Russia’s debt rating by one notch into ‘junk’ territory Friday, saying the Ukraine crisis and the fall in oil prices and the ruble will further undermine Russia’s economy.
A senior IMF official said his organisation was maintaining regular contacts with Yemeni officials and continuing to provide them with technical analysis.
04:55 GMT
Yemen’s foreign exchange reserves have stabilised after a steep fall due to its political turmoil, but ballooning government debt issuance indicates the country may be moving closer to a fiscal crunch, central bank data showed on Friday.

February 21, 2015

ES Setif team
20:14 GMT
Egypt's Ahly scored deep in stoppage time to bring back to mind their memorable Confederation Cup triumph last year but their hopes were crushed after they lost 6-5 on penalties away to Algeria's ES Setif in the African Super Cup on Saturday.
Simona Halep
19:38 GMT
Top-seeded Simona Halep earned the tenth title of her career and made it a Gulf double by capturing the Dubai Open with a tenacious and skilful 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.
Roger Federer
18:06 GMT
The defending champion of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships champion Roger Federer surprised guests at the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Burj Al Arab on Thursday evening.
Mo Farah
17:45 GMT
Double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah has claimed that after winning the European 10,000-metre gold, his Great Britain teammate Andy Vernon questioned his nationality.
It's the first time that a rocket has hit the center of Qardaha since fighting started in 2011. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
Four people were killed in in President Assad's town of Qardaha on Saturday, a monitoring group has said.
The French prime minister made the comments at a gathering in Madrid. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
Jihadists in Libya pose a direct threat to Europe, according to France's prime minister who was speaking at a gathering in Madrid.
SYRIA (177/180): Daesh is in Syria, but the Syrian regime is just as deadly. While Daesh is estimated to have murdered at least 20 reporters — dozens of Arabs don’t make headlines — the regime has killed nearly as many. Warring factions in the country have made it impossible to cover the conflict without being targeted. (AFP/File)
15:15 GMT
More journalists have been targeted and killed than ever before. The deadliest region? The Middle East.
Jordanian children make a snowman in the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP/File)
14:59 GMT
Jordanian children make a snowman in the Jordanian capital Amman
Italians have been poking fun at Daesh after it said it would conquer Rome. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
14:47 GMT
At the end of a horrific video released by Daesh (ISIS) in Libya showing the killings of 21 Christian Egyptians, the group vowed to conquer Rome.
Daesh also burned to death at least 45 people in al-Baghdadi last week. (AFP)
14:15 GMT
Daesh militants have reportedly burned to death 50 civilians in Iraq’s violence-plagued western province of al-Anbar, in a brutal execution similar to the one previously carried out on a Jordanian pilot.
Production Award grantees, December 2014. (Image: Courtesy of Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy)
14:07 GMT
Ten artists from five Arab countries have been granted production grants from Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (or Culture Resource), in the second leg of its 2014 Production Awards Programme.
Saudi film festival opens despite cinema ban in the ultra conservative country! (Image: Arab News)
13:47 GMT
Saudi film festival opens despite cinema ban in the ultra conservative country!
The killings happened in the Syrian village of Rityan, north of Aleppo. (AFP)
13:36 GMT
Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in northern Syria this week as government forces executed the families of five five reported rebels, AFP reported.
There has been ongoing fighting in the oil-rich country for the past four years. (AFP)
13:01 GMT
Rockets have been fired at Libya's Labraq airport from the Daesh-controlled city of Derna, Reuters has reported.
The video is the latest in a series by YouTube channel The Cut chronically beauty standards around the world in two-minute videos. (AFP/File)
12:24 GMT
One hundred years of beauty in Iran, in one video.
Coptic Pope Tawadros II leads mass to honor Copts murdered by Daesh (File-AFP)
10:00 GMT
Copts sorrowful over deaths, but praise government's response; how the Israeli Left can win in 2015; and a Saudi cleric who rejects science gets a humorous response.
Hadi is reportedly leaving for the southern city of Aden, though more details have not yet emerged. (AFP/FIle)
09:47 GMT
Resigned Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left his home in the capital Sanaa Saturday, apparently released from house arrest placed on the leader by Houthi militants in late January.
The fire was contained and clean up is underway, but it's believed to have been partially stirred by high winds ripping through the buildings highest pitches. (Image:YouTube)
07:20 GMT
Hundreds were evacuated from there homes in Dubai's Torch tower as civil defense workers attempted to quell billowing flames from one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.
The unidentified missing journalist had planned to enter a Daesh-controlled area of Syria. (AFP/File)
05:50 GMT
A Swedish journalist who was planning to enter a Daesh-controlled area in Syria has been out-of-touch for four days.
According to refugee  Zeinah al-Safadi, "without the firewood, most of the children would be dead by now." (AFP/File)
04:50 GMT
This week's snowstorms in the Middle East have hit the region's most vulnerable population with full force. Multiple children have died of hypothermia and many others are at risk.
The commission has not revealed whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is on the list or not. (AFP/File)
04:39 GMT
A UN commission has drafted lists of those who have committed war crimes in Syria's civil war. The list is now ready to be published.

February 20, 2015

According to the militants, the three suicide bombings in Qubba on Friday were in response to Egyptian airstrikes on Derna, pictured above. (AFP/File)
18:04 GMT
Militants fighting for Daesh claimed responsibility for 3 car bombs that killed over 40 people in Libya on Friday. The militants noted that the attacks were in response to Egypt's airstrikes on Derna
Police suspect the girls intend to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT
Three British teenagers are missing from their UK homes. They flew to Istanbul on Tuesday and are believed to be en route to Syria.
Ethnic Turkmens in Iraq prepared to fight against Daesh in October. (AFP/Marwan Ibrahim)
15:30 GMT
Hundreds of ethnic Turkmens, a minority in Iraq, are now in the hands of Daesh, a report said Thursday.
International Atomic Energy Agency officials inspect the Natanz nuclear facility. According to the latest report, Iran has stopped enriching the IR-5 centrifuge located at the facility. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
A International Atomic Energy Agency report shows that Iran has ended nuclear centrifuge testing and has fulfilled its obligations under the interim nuclear deal signed in November 2013.
Mosul is the largest city under Daesh control. The militant group captured the city in June 2014. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Iraqi and Kurdish forces are preparing to take on Daesh in the city of Mosul in April-May, according to a U.S. official.
Intelligence sources told media Friday that an assassination attempt on the Turkish leader's daughter was well planned. (AFP/Daniel Garcia)
14:23 GMT
Intelligence sources told media Friday that an assassination attempt on the Turkish leader's daughter was well planned.
Donors pledged billions to help rebuild Gaza at a conference in Cairo in October, but many of those donations have not been fulfilled. (AFP/File)
14:03 GMT
UN Under Secretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged donors to fulfill pledges for Gaza. He warned of the "increasingly worrisome" situation that could lead to an escalation of clonflict.
The explosions targeted government officials who met at the hotel Friday. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
The explosions targeted government officials who met at the hotel Friday.
Somalia's ministers were attacked by jihadist group al-Shabaab Friday. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT
Somalia's ministers were attacked at a hotel by jihadist group al-Shabaab Friday.
Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels took control of 19 villages in al-Raqqa, a province east of Aleppo.  (AFP/File)
13:09 GMT
As international leaders hold talks on the Syria conflict, Kurdish and rebel forces gained control of 19 villages in Raqqa on Thursday.