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Italy slams possible Russian intervention in Syria

Italy slams possible Russian intervention in Syria

 If reports that Russia is boosting its military presence in war-wracked Syria prove true, this would "complicate the picture and be a negative development," Italy's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday. "I hope that the news in recent days on Russia's presence is less...

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Tunisia opposition calls demo against corruption bill

Tunisia opposition calls demo against corruption bill

Tunisian opposition parties and independent figures have called for a demonstration Saturday against a controversial anti-corruption bill, defying a ban on public protests under a state of emergency. The protest on Tunis's Habib Bourguiba Avenue, a focal point of the country's 2011 revolution,...

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Israel wary of Russian military build-up in Syria

Israel wary of Russian military build-up in Syria

Indications of increased Russian involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad are prompting a reassessment in Israel about how to handle fall-out from the conflict without risking a clash with Moscow. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Israel has occasionally fired...

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Twenty Indians killed in Yemen as more foreign troops reported arriving

Twenty Indians killed in Yemen as more foreign troops reported arriving

A Saudi-led alliance killed at least 20 Indian nationals in air strikes on fuel smugglers at a Yemeni port on Tuesday, fishermen said, and more foreign troops were reported to be arriving to intensify the campaign against Houthi forces. The Houthi-run state news agency Saba also said...

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Clashes and curfews cast doubt on free election in southeast Turkey

Clashes and curfews cast doubt on free election in southeast Turkey

Daily clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in southeast Turkey have cast doubt on whether a credible election can be held in two months' time, with the fear of violence likely to haunt campaign rallies and voting day itself. Kurds seemed to hold the keys to Turkey's...

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Iran will discuss peace in Syria with any country, Rouhani says

Iran will discuss peace in Syria with any country, Rouhani says

Iran is willing to sit down with its rivals to discuss the crisis in Syria, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, but suggested Tehran would not debate the future of President Bashar al-Assad until peace is achieved. The world's attention has once again turned to Syria in recent...

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Bomb attack in eastern Turkey kills 10 police officers- official

Bomb attack in eastern Turkey kills 10 police officers- official

Ten Turkish police officers were killed in a bomb attack on a minibus in the eastern Turkish province of Igdir on Tuesday, a government official told Reuters. The attack came amid a surge in violence between the state and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. Turkish warplanes struck PKK...

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 Egypt arrests agriculture minister

Egypt arrests agriculture minister

Egyptian authorities Monday arrested the country’s agriculture minister over corruption allegations, security sources said, just after his resignation was announced. The prime minister’s office released a statement earlier in the day saying Salah El Din Mahmoud Helal’s resignation had...

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Trial opens of 10 accused of recruiting Dutch Muslims for Islamic State

Trial opens of 10 accused of recruiting Dutch Muslims for Islamic State

Ten suspected Islamist radicals went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday, accused of recruiting Dutch Muslims to fight with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria. The trial, the largest against alleged jihadists in the Netherlands in a decade, is seen as a test of whether...

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Qatar sends 1,000 ground troops to Yemen conflict: al Jazeera

Qatar sends 1,000 ground troops to Yemen conflict: al Jazeera

Qatar has sent 1,000 ground troops to Yemen, Doha-based Al Jazeera television said, escalating Gulf Arab intervention in Yemen's war ahead of a planned offensive against Iranian-backed Houthis holding the capital Sanaa. Qatari pilots had already joined months of Saudi-led air strikes on...

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Lebanon's rubbish crisis exposes political rot

Lebanon's rubbish crisis exposes political rot

The overpowering stench of the rubbish piling up in Lebanon's streets has become a potent symbol of the political rot protesters blame not only for the garbage crisis but a gridlocked sectarian power system unable to meet citizens’ most basic needs, from electricity to water, health to...

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Mother of killed West Bank toddler dies of wounds

Mother of killed West Bank toddler dies of wounds

The mother of a Palestinian toddler killed in a July arson attack in the Israeli-occupied West Bank died on Monday of her burns, the third fatality after her husband succumbed to his injuries last month. Soon after the announcement by medical authorities, Palestinians rallied in the...

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Kurdish militants claim deadly ambush, Turkish jets retaliate

Kurdish militants claim deadly ambush, Turkish jets retaliate

Kurdish militants said on Sunday they had killed 15 soldiers in an attack on an army convoy in southeast Turkey, and a security source said the military responded with air strikes. In a statement posted online, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said its guerrillas had...

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Tunisia warns of car bomb plot in Tunis, imposes traffic bans: state news

Tunisia warns of car bomb plot in Tunis, imposes traffic bans: state news

Tunisian authorities warned of possible car bombings in the capital Tunis and banned traffic in parts of the city after receiving intelligence reports about potential attacks, the state news agency TAP said on Sunday. The North African country is under a state of emergency after...

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Two Turkish policemen killed by PKK in Diyarbakir

Two Turkish policemen killed by PKK in Diyarbakir

Two policeman were killed and three others injured in predominantly Kurdish eastern Turkey's largest city when Kurdish militants clashed with security forces early on Sunday, government sources said. Gunfire and explosions echoed across the center of Diyarbakir on Sunday morning...

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Missing Turkish soldier seen in Islamic State hands: Hurriyet

Missing Turkish soldier seen in Islamic State hands: Hurriyet

A Turkish soldier who went missing this week on the border with Syrian territory controlled by Islamic State has been seen in a hospital run by the militants, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Saturday. If confirmed, the soldier's capture would be a major problem for Turkey, after it...

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After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative. Encouraged by Europe's role in...

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Turkey extends mandate for military ops in Iraq, Syria

Turkey extends mandate for military ops in Iraq, Syria

 The Turkish parliament approved Thursday a motion to extend the mandate authorizing the Turkish Armed Forces to take military action in Syria and Iraq. The motion extends mandate allowing Turkish army for cross border operations against "terrorist threats" and permitting foreign forces to...

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