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'It's a mystery', France's Le Drian says of US policy on Syria

France’s foreign minister on Friday (February 15) said he was mystified by US policy on northeastern Syria after US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops, because it would only benefit


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Ankara says only Turkish forces should be in Syria safe zone: Anadolu

Only Turkish forces should deploy in the planned safe zone in northeast Syria, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted by state-owned Anadolu news agency as saying on Friday (February 15).


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German halt in Saudi arms sales causing serious problems: Airbus

Germany’s halt in exports to Saudi Arabia is preventing Britain from completing the sale of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes to Riyadh, and has delayed potential sales of other weapons such as the A40


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New UN Syria envoy seeks Syria constitution talks, no firm timeframe

The new UN envoy tasked with forging peace in Syria hopes to convene a constitutional committee in Geneva “as soon as possible”, he said on Friday (February 15), without giving a firm timeframe for th


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Tribal truckers, praying paramedics: mixed bag on last ISIS front

As destitute civilians stumble out of the Islamic State (ISIS) group's last enclave in east Syria, a mixed bag of unlikely characters are pitching in to help get them to safety.


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US: Time to expand the international coalition against ISIS

The top Pentagon official says he foresees growing the international coalition that has been combatting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria.


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In Hebron, Palestinians patrol in place of foreign monitors

Following Israel’s expulsion of an international observer force from the volatile West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian activists are trying to fill the void by launching their own patrols to document


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Militant defeat, US Syria pullout on table at coalition talks in Munich

Defense ministers from the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS) meet Friday (February 15) in Munich to discuss how to reorganize in Syria after the defeat of the last pocket of militants and


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Kashmir car bomb kills 44; India demands Pakistan act against militants

A suicide bomber rammed a car into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday (February 14), killing 44 of them in the deadliest attack in decades on security forces in the dispu


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Spokesperson: Joint US-Libya forces bomb al-Qaida militants

Libya’s UN-backed government says that joint Libyan and US forces have bombed alleged al-Qaeda militants in a southern desert town.


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US lawmakers want more information on Saudi journalist's death

Republican and Democratic members of the US Senate asked the Trump administration on Thursday to tell them more about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate last year, days afte


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ISIS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Islamic State (ISIS) group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday (February 14) with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials


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EU lawmakers urge Saudi Arabia to end women's guardianship system

The European Parliament urged Saudi Arabia on Thursday (February 14) to abolish its male guardianship system, under which women have to seek permission from their guardian on issues such as getting ma


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Russian, Iranian, Turkish leaders look to post-US Syria

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (February 14) that Russia had not noted any big changes suggesting the United States was moving to withdraw its troops from Syria, following an order from US


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Egyptian lawmakers back changes that could keep Sisi in power til 2034

The Egyptian parliament on Thursday (February 13) approved in principle draft constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and tighten his cont


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Turkey: 52 Syrians detained over links to ISIS

Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained 52 Syrian nationals over their suspected links to the Islamic State (ISIS) group.


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Pence calls on EU to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

US Vice President Mike Pence accused Washington’s European allies on Thursday (February 14) of trying to break US sanctions against Tehran and called on them to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.


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Russia to Turkey: You can't have Syrian safe zone without Assad's consent

Russia told Turkey on Thursday it had no right to create a “safe zone” inside Syria unless it sought and received the consent of President Bashar al-Assad, signaling tensions as a three-way summit on


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Teen who fled UK to join Islamic State wants to come home

A pregnant British teenager who ran away from Britain to join Islamic State (ISIS) extremists in Syria four years ago has said she wants to come back to London, but her path home is not clear.


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Turkish MP says Ankara sticking to Russian missile purchase

Turkey is going ahead with a purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, a Turkish parliamentarian said ahead of an informal Friday deadline which a US official said Washington has set for Ankara to re


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