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An air raid that Russian claimed killed the leader of the Islamic State group has reportedly killed an elderly hay dealer and his extended family instead.

France no longer sees the removal of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Macron said Thursday, making the policy official for the first time.

UN appoints Russian diplomat as new counter-terror chief

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UN appoints Russian diplomat as new counter-terror chief

The UN has appointed a Russian diplomat as the new counter-terror chief on Wednesday, despite ejecting Moscow from the Human Rights Council for its war crimes in Syria.

UN approves former Lebanon minister as Libya envoy

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UN approves former Lebanon minister as Libya envoy

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday approved the appointment of former Lebanese culture minister Ghassan Salame as the new UN envoy ...

Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

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Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

Australia has suspended airstrikes in Syria after Russia threatened to target US-led coalition planes in response to the US downing of ...

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Fresh Syria talks set for July in Astana

The next round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana has been scheduled for July 4-5, both Russia and Kazakhstan said on Monday.

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Russia warns US-led coalition planes after downed Syrian jet

US-coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates river will be treated as aerial targets, Russia warned on Monday, after the US ...

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Russia kills ‘180 IS fighters’ in Syria airstrikes

Russia says it has killed 180 Islamic State fighters in Syria during airstrikes carried out in June, including two field commanders.

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UN names new envoy to Libya after months-long search

The UN has put forward former Lebanese culture minister Ghassan Salame for the role of Libya envoy after a contentious search which saw the US ...

Syrian regime declares 48-hour truce in Daraa

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Syrian regime declares 48-hour truce in Daraa

The Syrian regime army on Saturday declared a 48-hour ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa as two separate peace talk initiatives scheduled ...

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US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The Russian army said earlier that it hit IS leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

Paul Iddon

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

As the US bolsters its presence in the region, the likelihood of clashes and escalation between the coalition and regime forces increases, ...

UK must act now to help mediate in Qatar

Marcus Solarz Hendriks

UK must act now to help mediate in Qatar

Comment: Macron is leading negotiations, but he will need the backing of a more familiar face in the region, and the UK qualifies to fill this ...

US special counsel probing Trump for 'possible obstruction'

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US special counsel probing Trump for 'possible obstruction'

The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the US election is investigating whether President Donald Trump ...

Syria peace talks may resume in July: UN envoy

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Syria peace talks may resume in July: UN envoy

A fresh round of Syria peace talks aimed at ending the six-year-old civil war may restart in Geneva next month, Staffan de Mistura said on ...

Uri Levy

Qatar's political football: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The beautiful game has been exploited this week as the Gulf diplomatic crisis hits fever pitch, writes Uri Levy

Charlie Hoyle

Israel mulls closure of Al-Jazeera office

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering closing down the Israeli offices of Qatari TV network Al-Jazeera as a diplomatic ...

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Russia 'warns' US against attacking pro-Assad bases in Syria

The Russian foreign ministry said on Saturday that it had warned the US against striking pro-Assad forces.

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German FM warns Qatar crisis could lead to war

Germany's foreign minister has warned the dispute between Qatar and other Arab countries could lead to war in the Gulf.

Comey testimony reveals Republican willingness to shield Trump

Andrew Leber

Comey testimony reveals Republican willingness to shield Trump

Comment: Comey's testimony revealed how hard it is to rein in Trump, but with the hearing over, perhaps attention can be refocused on other, ...

Robert Cusack

Former FBI director accuses Trump of telling lies

James Comey gave a series of startling statements, accusing the president of lying on a number of occasions and raising questions over the ...

Kuwait's emir meets with Qatari leader amid diplomatic rift

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Kuwait's emir meets with Qatari leader amid diplomatic rift

Kuwait’s emir travelled to Qatar to help mediate an end to a crisis that's seen several Arab nations cut ties with the energy-rich country.

Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

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Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

Qatari investigators have said that a cyber attack which saw the publication of explosive 'fake news' last month that helped trigger a crisis ...

Progressives must vote for Corbyn, then oppose him

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Progressives must vote for Corbyn, then oppose him

Comment: Splitting the progressive vote away from the only party capable of putting up a challenge to the Tories is sheer madness, writes Tallha ...

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