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ADEN -- Forces of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government on Wednesday launched a large-scale attack against the strategic port city of Aden which is controlled by the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The government's attack aimed at expelling the STC forces out from Aden, but sparked intense armed confrontations around the city's eastern main entrances. (Yemen-Clashes)

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ROME -- Italian President Sergio Mattarella will summon outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday in order to ask him to try to form a new coalition government.

"President Sergio Mattarella has summoned professor Giuseppe Conte tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (local time)," the president's office said in a statement late on Wednesday. (Italy-Government-Crisis)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that she is dropping out of the race after failing to qualify for the September debate.

"Today, I am ending my campaign for president," the New York senator said in a video posted on her Twitter account. "It's important to know when it's not your time." (US-Presidential Race)

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RABAT -- Seven people were killed in floods caused by heavy rains in southern Morocco on Wednesday night.

According to an official statement, the local authorities and residents continued to search for missing persons in the district of Ighern in the province of Taroudant. (Morocco-Floods) Enditem

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