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Comment: Russia's commitment to the 'buffer zone' in Idlib has little to do with any genuine will to avoid humanitarian catastrophe, writes Sam Hamad.

The move would also signal a U-turn for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has previously said Germany would not take part in 'military missions' in Syria.

US warns Syrian regime chemical <em>attack</em> is being planned

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US warns Syrian regime chemical attack is being planned

A new Syrian regime chemical attack in being planned, according to the US.

Ex-wife of cleric Qaradawi condemns Saudi newspaper for slander

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Ex-wife of cleric Qaradawi condemns Saudi newspaper for slander

The Algerian ex-wife of Qatar-based cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has categorically denied comments attributed to her in a Saudi newspaper about the ...

Party cups as <em>gas</em> masks: Idlib civilians prepare

Khalil Ashawi and Lisa Barrington

Party cups as gas masks: Idlib civilians prepare

Around three million people live in the rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, report Khalil Ashawi and Lisa Barrington.

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Four protesters killed during unrelenting unrest in Iraq's Basra

A bloody two days in Iraq's Basra have seen twelve protesters killed, many shot dead by government forces, as fury over water and electricity shortages shows no sign of abating.

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Across the globe, fears mount over impending Idlib bloodbath

An international chorus of rights groups and governments is pleading the Syrian regime and its allies to resist launching an offensive to retake ...

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US warns Assad regime, Russia against chemical weapons attacks

The US has warned the Assad regime and military ally Russia against carrying out yet another military attack on civilians in its Idlib ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syrians fear new chemical attack following Russia 'warnings'

Syrians are concerned of a new regime chemical attack, after Russian media warnings of 'false flag' operations, a trend that preceded ...

Water, food tested at Egypt hotel, where couple died

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Water, food tested at Egypt hotel, where couple died

Investigators into the deaths of a British couple on holiday in Egypt, have tested food and water at the Sinai hotel they stayed at.

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Russia warns US against 'reckless' intervention in Syria

Russia warned the US against recklessness after it announced its preparation to retaliate against Assad should he use chemical weapons on rebel ...

Tourists to sue Egypt hotel, where British couple died

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Tourists to sue Egypt hotel, where British couple died

Around 20 holidaymakers who said they felt unwell after staying in an Egyptian resort where two British tourists died, said they are the hotel ...

US, UK, France to 'act against Assad chemical attacks'

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US, UK, France to 'act against Assad chemical attacks'

The US, Britain and France say they will take action against the brutal Assad regime's chemical weapons attacks.

Starving sailors desperate after six months held by UAE

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Starving sailors desperate after six months held by UAE

Eighteen Indian sailors have been subjected to six months of neglect by UAE and Indian authorities, living with little food in squalid ...

Flying into trouble: Middle East drone wars

CJ Werleman

Flying into trouble: Middle East drone wars

Comment: The need for clear and unambiguous controls on the use and proliferation of drones has never been greater, writes CJ Werleman.

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Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa mosque, fire at worshippers

Videos on social media showed Israeli police storming Al-Aqsa mosque, firing tear gas, live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets at worshippers.

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Egyptian women killed for 'not cooking and birthing girls'

Two Egyptian women were killed by their husbands in separate incidents - one over not preparing a meal because of no gas and another ...

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Egypt 'pressures Hamas' to stop sending fire-kites from Gaza

Egypt has reportedly pressured Gaza's Hamas rulers to prevent incendiary kites and balloons from being launched into Israel.

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Israel halts Gaza fuel, gas transfers to punish Hamas

Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until next Sunday following clashes with Hamas.

UN chemical watchdog gains new powers, Russia threatens quitting

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UN chemical watchdog gains new powers, Russia threatens quitting

The OPCW chemical weapons watchdog has been granted extra powers allowing it to identify perpetrators of toxic arms attacks in Syria, as Russia ...

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Russia, Syria clash with West on boosting chemical watchdog

Britain and the US have led a passionate call to halt the use of chemical weapons by empowering the world's watchdog, triggering fierce ...

UN top court to hear Qatar case against UAE

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UN top court to hear Qatar case against UAE

Qatar has condemned the "campaign of political and economic coercion" during a year-long blockade.

Sarin, chlorine 'very likely' used in Syria: OPCW

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Sarin, chlorine 'very likely' used in Syria: OPCW

OPCW found the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were likely used as weapons in two attacks in Syria.

Iran, Hizballah to remain in Syria until 'fully liberated'

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Iran, Hizballah to remain in Syria until 'fully liberated'

Lebanon's veteran Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said that Iran and Hizballah will remain in Syria until the country regains its 'territorial ...

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