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Top Saudi official meets US-backed militias in Syria’s Raqqa

19 October, 2017

A high-level Saudi official is in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, to discuss his country’s role in reconstruction efforts

SDF forces comb 'ghost city' Raqqa after IS defeat

19 October, 2017

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are combing the ruins of Raqqa for survivors and bombs days after retaking the city from the Islamic State group.

Next round of Syria talks at end of October

19 October, 2017

Fresh talks on the Syria conflict will be held in Astana at the end of the month, Kazakhstan said Thursday, part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

43 Afghan soldiers killed in suicide attack on base

19 October, 2017

At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban-claimed suicide attack on a military base in southern Afghanistan, the third assault on a security installation this week.

Iranian authorities bar reformist ex-president from meeting

19 October, 2017

An Iranian opposition news website says authorities have barred former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from attending a meeting of his allies.

US demands Hamas 'recognise Israel, disarm' in unity deal

19 October, 2017

A top aide to US President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded that an emerging Palestinian government recognise Israel and disarm Hamas as part of a recent unity deal.

Turkey could close border with Iraqi Kurds ‘any moment’

19 October, 2017

Turkey’s president says the country could close its border with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region “at any moment” as a further reprisal for it holding referendum on independence last month.

UK court rules against Saudi diplomat in slavery case

19 October, 2017

A UK court has ruled a former Saudi diplomat can be tried on allegations of trafficking and slavery of a domestic worker as he no longer had full diplomatic immunity.

UN Syria envoy in Moscow ahead of peace talks

18 October, 2017

Staffan de Mistura and Russia's Sergei Shoigu met in Moscow on Wednesday, to discuss ways of moving toward a stable political settlement in war-torn Syria.

Egypt rights groups demand release of leading dissident

18 October, 2017

Rights groups have urged Egyptian authorities to free leading activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah, jailed for an illegal protest, ahead of a court appearance on Thursday.

Iraq seeks BP help in developing recovered oil fields

18 October, 2017

Iraqi Oil Minister has called on British energy giant BP to help develop fields in the northern province of Kirkuk recovered from Kurdish forces this week.

Israeli forces raid Palestinian media companies 'linked to Hamas'

18 October, 2017

Israeli military forces raided multiple Palestinian media offices in the occupied West Bank early Wednesday in what an army spokeswoman called a "large-scale operation" against incitement.

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