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Russia used its Security Council veto for the second time in two days to block an extension of the Joint Investigative Mechanism's mandate.

Comment: In Lebanon and Iraq, non state actors loyal to Iran are impossible to dismantle in the absence of a regional agreement, writes Mona Alami.

Erdogan says Kurd-held Afrin must be cleared of 'terrorists'

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Erdogan says Kurd-held Afrin must be cleared of 'terrorists'

Turkey's President Erdogan on Friday said the Syrian town of Afrin, held by a US-backed Kurdish militia, had to be cleared of "terrorists".

Putin to host Iran, Turkey leaders for Syria talks

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Putin to host Iran, Turkey leaders for Syria talks

Russian President Putin is to host the leaders of Turkey and Iran in the first such three-way summit between the trio to reach a solution to ...

Lifting Syria's regime siege requires more than just words

James Snell

Lifting Syria's regime siege requires more than just words

Comment: World leaders have ample evidence that Assad's regime and its allies are besieging civilian populations. They must fight back with more ...

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Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

Air strikes bombarded an aid warehouse in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on Wednesday, days after the first delivery of food and medicine to the area in nearly three months.

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Israel fears Syria buffer puts Iran close to frontier

The official map included in a preliminary agreement that seeks to establish buffer zones in southwest Syria indicates that Iran-backed forces ...

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Syrian Kurdish officials back long-term US role in Syria

Syrian Kurdish officials on Wednesday voiced support for a long-term US role in Syria once IS has been defeated.

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Russia posts video-game image as 'proof' US helps IS

Images posted by Russia's Ministry of Defence which allegedly showed the US aiding the Islamic State militant group in the Middle East on ...

Lebanese Judge elected to International Court of Justice

Monique Bouffé

Lebanese Judge elected to International Court of Justice

Analysis: The election of Lebanon's UN ambassador to the International Court of Justice, while the UK's ambassador didn't pass, possibly ...

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Heavy bombing wreaks havoc on Aleppo despite 'de-escalation zone'

Dozens of Syrian civilians, including 20 children, were killed on Monday in airstrikes on the northern province of Aleppo despite a ...

Cough twice if you're kidnapped: Hariri says will return

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Cough twice if you're kidnapped: Hariri says will return

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia 'within days' to seek a ...

Aid enters devastated rebel town near Syrian capital

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Aid enters devastated rebel town near Syrian capital

Twenty-four trucks full of humanitarian relief arrived in Douma in a joint operation between the United Nations and the International Committee ...

Israel downs Russian-made Syrian drone in occupied Golan Heights

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Israel downs Russian-made Syrian drone in occupied Golan Heights

Israel's army shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday.

Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin

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Trump, Putin agree 'no military solution' in Syria: Kremlin

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed there was "no military solution" for the war in Syria, in a joint statement, ...

Paul Iddon

Encouraged by Iraq's gains, Assad may attack Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Damascus may now control a rump of Syria, but it still considers Kurdish-held areas 'occupied', writes Paul Iddon.

Sam Fouad

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Comment: Amid Saudi Arabia's dramatic reshuffle, the involvement of Donald Trump's ambitious son-in-law has not gone unnoticed, writes Sam ...

Mona Alami

Hizballah's hubris reined in by an unpredictable Saudi regime

Comment: Hizballah has enjoyed increased leverage in Lebanese and regional politics, but the prospect of a destabilised Lebanon means it must ...

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Civilians 'will die' if not evacuated from Eastern Ghouta

The UN is warning that around 400 men, women, children need to be evacuated now and that 29 of them, including 18 children "will die if they are ...

US urges UN to maintain Syria chemical experts

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US urges UN to maintain Syria chemical experts

The top US, British, French and German diplomats urged the Security Council Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with determining ...

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Syrian refugees file war crime charges against Assad regime

Syrian refugees in Germany filed new criminal complaints on Wednesday accusing Bashar al-Assad's regime of war crimes and ...

Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

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Syrian regime, allies recapture last IS stronghold

Syrian regime forces and allied militias recaptured the last major Islamic State-held town in Syria on Wednesday, having launched an operation ...

US: 'Syria more concerned with CO2 than sarin'

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US: 'Syria more concerned with CO2 than sarin'

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert mocked Syria for joining the Paris Agreement on climate change, citing the regime's brutal civil ...

Prominent Arab figures revealed in Paradise Papers

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Prominent Arab figures revealed in Paradise Papers

Several prominent figures in the Middle East have been revealed in the Paradise Papers leak shifting money across the globe to cut tax.

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