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UK to axe funding for some Syrian rebel groups

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UK to axe funding for some Syrian rebel groups

Britain will stop funding a community-led police force in rebel-held northern Syria, in a symbolic move suggesting the UK concedes rebels are soon to lose out against the Assad regime.

Date of publication: 20 August, 2018

Gaza's economic woes destroy hopes for traditional Eid sacrifice

Rami Almeghari

Gaza's economic woes destroy hopes for traditional Eid sacrifice

In Gaza, where majority of residents now live below the poverty line, a year of economic turmoil makes the traditional Eid al-Adha feast unaffordable for struggling families, writes Rami Almeghari.

War takes heavy toll on Yemeni children's mental wellbeing

A Yemeni journalist

War takes heavy toll on Yemeni children's mental wellbeing

Over five million people in Yemen have been found to be psychologically affected by the war, with children among those affected.

Iran jails journalist who 'insulted' ninth century imam

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Iran jails journalist who 'insulted' ninth century imam

An Iranian journalist who "insulted" a ninth century Shia imam in a tweet ...

UN calls on Libya to crack down on militias

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UN calls on Libya to crack down on militias

The war-torn country has been gripped by violence following the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Turkey files WTO complaint against US tariffs

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Turkey files WTO complaint against US tariffs

Washington doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey earlier this month in response to the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Egyptian monks charged with murder of Coptic bishop

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Egyptian monks charged with murder of Coptic bishop

Egyptian prosecutors have accused two monks of agreeing to kill a senior clergyman over unspecified "differences".

France's Total officially quits Iran, after US reimposes sanctions

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France's Total officially quits Iran, after US reimposes sanctions

The French energy giant previously signed a 2017 $4.8 billion agreement to develop the South Pars gas field project.

Egyptian army captain killed by Sinai roadside bomb

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Egyptian army captain killed by Sinai roadside bomb

Egyptian medics have confirmed the death of an army captain killed by an improvised explosive device in Egypt's restive North Sinai.

Malaysia looks to China to solve economic problems

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Malaysia looks to China to solve economic problems

Malaysia's new prime minister is hoping China will "look sympathetically" and "help resolve" the country's fiscal issues as they suspend multi-billion dollar China-backed projects.

Rights group urges investigation into Yemen school bus massacre

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Rights group urges investigation into Yemen school bus massacre

Netherlands-based Rights Radar has called for an investigation into Saada after dozens of school children were killed in an airstrike.

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Saudi authorities warn of possible flooding in Mecca

Saudi authorities have said heavy rain that fell on Sunday could cause flooding in the city of Mecca.

Afghanistan awaiting Taliban response to truce offer

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Afghanistan awaiting Taliban response to truce offer

The Taliban is yet to respond to a truce offer proposed by the Afghan ...

PepsiCo to buy Israeli firm SodaStream for $3.2bn

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PepsiCo to buy Israeli firm SodaStream for $3.2bn

The home carbonation product manufacturer previously attracted considerable criticism for operating a factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

US rejects Turkey's offer for pastor's release

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US rejects Turkey's offer for pastor's release

The White House has rejected Turkey's offer to release American pastor Andrew Brunson in return for clearing a top Turkish bank of billions of dollars in US fines.

Israel fires at Gaza despite truce efforts

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Israel fires at Gaza despite truce efforts

Cross-border fire was exchanged between the Israeli army and Gaza despite talks for a long-term truce.

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist awaiting trial

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Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist awaiting trial

Journalist Mesale Tolu is facing charges of belonging to the outlawed Marxist-Leninist Community Party.

Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

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Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

More than two million Muslim pilgrims began ascending Mount Arafat on Monday, marking the pinnacle of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

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US to stay in Iraq 'as long as needed'

A military spokesman added the number of US troops could go down once more NATO troops deploy to help train the Iraqi army.

Qatar says Saudi Arabia barring citizens from hajj pilgrimage

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Qatar says Saudi Arabia barring citizens from hajj pilgrimage

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's hajj pilgrimage amid a year-long blockade imposed on the gulf state by a Saudi-led coalition.

Shots fired at US embassy in Turkish capital

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Shots fired at US embassy in Turkish capital

Shots were fired from a vehicle at the US embassy in Ankara in the early hours of Monday, but no one was hurt in the attack.

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Bodies found after Tunisia police, refugees clash on boat

Bodies were found after Tunisia police intervened to stop a migrant boat from launching.

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Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are now looking to Russia for security partnerships as well as economic cooperation, writes Stasa Salacanin.

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