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Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint
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Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint

BAGHDAD: A prominent Iraqi blogger resurfaced Friday a day after he was seized by masked gunmen, his father said, as Amnesty International denounced a “climate of fear” in the country after protests and deadly violence.Shujaa Al-Khafaji’s family said armed men had snatched him from his home on Thursday without identifying themselves or showing an arrest…

Iraqi blogger returns day after kidnapping
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Iraqi blogger returns day after kidnapping

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Friday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had assured him that he wants the “cease-fire” with Kurdish militants in northern Syria to work.Trump, in a series of tweets, said he had spoken to Erdogan and “he very much wants the cease-fire, or pause, to work.“Likewise, the Kurds want it, and…

Donald Trump says Erdogan told him he wants northern Syria cease-fire to work
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Donald Trump says Erdogan told him he wants northern Syria cease-fire to work

Saudi Arabia, other Middle East countries warn citizens after protests erupt in Lebanon RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Lebanon called on its citizens to avoid places where protests are taking place in the country on Friday.  The Kingdom’s embassy in Beirut advised its nationals to take care and to “stay away from places of protest,” Al-Ekhbariya news channel…

Protests in Lebanon after move to tax calls on messaging apps
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Protests in Lebanon after move to tax calls on messaging apps

ANKARA: Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory.The truce was announced by US Vice President Mike Pence after talks in…

US reaches ceasefire deal with Turkey in northern Syria
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US reaches ceasefire deal with Turkey in northern Syria

BEIRUT: Hundreds of people took to the streets across Lebanon on Thursday to protest dire economic conditions after a government decision to tax calls made on messaging applications sparked widespread outrage.Demonstrations erupted in the capital Beirut, in its southern suburbs, in the southern city of Sidon, in the northern city of Tripoli and in the…

Iraqi blogger outspoken about country’s corruption detained
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Iraqi blogger outspoken about country’s corruption detained

BEIRUT: Hundreds of people took to the streets across Lebanon on Thursday to protest dire economic conditions after a government decision to tax calls made on messaging applications sparked widespread outrage.Demonstrations erupted in the capital Beirut, in its southern suburbs, in the southern city of Sidon, in the northern city of Tripoli and in the…

Buses collide in central Sudan, killing 21
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Buses collide in central Sudan, killing 21

ABU DHABI: Breast cancer remains the most common form of the disease among women despite major advances in treatment coupled with improved screening and awareness campaigns.  Rates of the disease are increasing in nearly every region globally as aging populations and factors such as obesity take their toll. In 2018, more than 2 million new…

How Saudi Arabia is leading Middle East’s fight against breast cancer
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How Saudi Arabia is leading Middle East’s fight against breast cancer

ABU DHABI: Cancer of the breas remains the most common form of the disease among women despite major advances in treatment coupled with improved screening and awareness campaigns.  Rates of the disease are increasing in nearly every region globally as aging populations and factors such as obesity take their toll. In 2018, more than 2…

Security Council warns of ‘risk of dispersion’ of Syria extremists
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Security Council warns of ‘risk of dispersion’ of Syria extremists

RABAT: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has pardoned Hajjar Raissouni, a journalist convicted last month of having extramarital sex and an abortion, along with her fiance, a doctor and two of his colleagues, the justice ministry said on Wednesday.The case of Raissouni, who had denied the charges against her, outraged rights activists who said she had…

Syrian and Russian troops sweep into Manbij as US withdraws
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Syrian and Russian troops sweep into Manbij as US withdraws

ANKARA: Three more countries halted arms sales to Turkey on Tuesday as pressure mounted on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria. Britain, Spain and Sweden joined Germany and France in suspending military exports, and the US threatened Ankara with more sanctions unless Erdogan halts the offensive. “We will keep our…

Kremlin envoy calls Turkish military operation in Syria ‘unacceptable’
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Kremlin envoy calls Turkish military operation in Syria ‘unacceptable’

MANBIJ, Syria: Turkey ignored US sanctions and pressed on with its assault on northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army roared into one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by US forces in Donald Trump’s retreat.Reuters journalists accompanied Syrian government forces who entered the center of the city of Manbij, a flashpoint…

Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister
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Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister

MANBIJ, Syria: Turkey ignored US sanctions and pressed on with its assault on northern Syria on Tuesday, while the Russia-backed Syrian army roared into one of the most hotly contested cities abandoned by US forces in Donald Trump’s retreat.Reuters journalists accompanied Syrian government forces who entered the center of the city of Manbij, a flashpoint…

Scramble for Syria after US withdrawal
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Scramble for Syria after US withdrawal

ANKARA: As Ankara pressed on with its offensive in northeastern Syria amid international criticism, Washington announced some 1,000 soldiers were withdrawn from the zone. With the US departure, the attention turns to how the regional actors, especially Turkey and Syria, will operate in their zones of influence in the war-torn country where the possible escape of…

Kais Saied wins Tunisia presidency by ‘significant margin’
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Kais Saied wins Tunisia presidency by ‘significant margin’

CAIRO: Sudan’s new transitional government met with rebel leaders on Monday, kicking off peace talks aimed at ending the country’s yearslong civil wars. The peace initiative was built into a power-sharing deal between Sudan’s army and its pro-democracy movement. That deal was reached after the overthrow of longtime autocrat President Omar Al-Bashir in April. The transitional…

Sudan’s government, rebel leaders start peace talks in Juba
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Sudan’s government, rebel leaders start peace talks in Juba

CAIRO: Sudan’s new transitional government met with rebel leaders on Monday, kicking off peace talks aimed at ending the country’s yearslong civil wars. The peace initiative was built into a power-sharing deal between Sudan’s army and its pro-democracy movement. That deal was reached after the overthrow of longtime autocrat President Omar Al-Bashir in April. The transitional…

Will European arms ban impact Turkey’s Syria operation?
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Will European arms ban impact Turkey’s Syria operation?

ANKARA: With an increasing number of European countries imposing weapons embargoes on Turkey over its ongoing operation in northeastern Syria, Ankara’s existing inventory of weapons and military capabilities are under the spotlight. More punitive measures on a wider scale are expected during a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Oct. 17. It could further strain…

South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels
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South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels

BEIRUT: The Lebanese army on Sunday accused Israel of sending a reconnaissance drone at the weekend over Beirut's southern suburbs, a bastion of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group.On August 25, two explosives-laden drones were sent to the same area. One of them exploded, sparking a dangerous escalation between Hezbollah and Israel.On Saturday night, "one of…

Lebanon says Israel sent drone over Hezbollah area
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Lebanon says Israel sent drone over Hezbollah area

JUBA: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok will attend peace talks in the South Sudan capital Monday with rebel leaders from several Sudanese states, said official sources in Juba.“Tomorrow’s meeting is to mark the launching of Sudan’s peace talks,” Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesman for South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, told AFP Sunday.Hamdok, who was only appointed…

Turkey steps up assault on Syrian Kurds defying sanction threats
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Turkey steps up assault on Syrian Kurds defying sanction threats

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan: Turkey’s incursion into northeast Syria has given rise to fears that its military will commit another major atrocity against the war-torn country’s Kurdish minority. The UN has warned that 1.7 million people in northeast Syria are at risk as a result of Operation Peace Spring, and that up to 300,000 could soon be…

Why Erdogan wants to remake northeast Syria’s demographics
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Why Erdogan wants to remake northeast Syria’s demographics

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan: Turkey’s incursion into northeast Syria has given rise to fears that its military will commit another major atrocity against the war-torn country’s Kurdish minority. The UN has warned that 1.7 million people in northeast Syria are at risk as a result of Operation Peace Spring, and that up to 300,000 could soon be…

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