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A Qatari diplomat has rejected claims that Doha aids Palestinian group Hamas, saying humanitarian assistance provided to Gaza is evidence of the exact opposite.

Qatar and Chad have re-established ties frozen in August following pressure from the Saudi-led Gulf bloc to isolate the small country.

Lebanese president Michel Aoun makes historic visit to Iraq

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Lebanese president Michel Aoun makes historic visit to Iraq

Michel Aoun led a delegation to Iraq on the first visit by a Lebanese head of state to the war-scarred country for talks that included ways to eradicate terrorism.

The US and Turkey's long-term plans for northern Syria

Paul Iddon

The US and Turkey's long-term plans for northern Syria

Agendas in northern Syria appear to be converging into a single policy: Maintaining long-term foreign presences on the ground, writes Paul ...

Iran to recover war losses 'by exploiting Syria's resources'

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Iran to recover war losses 'by exploiting Syria's resources'

Iran will recover the costs of its investments in the Syria war by exploiting the war-torn country's natural resources, Supreme Leader Ayatollah ...

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Turkey's moves dependent on US support for YPG: Erdogan

Turkey's president has warned the US ahead of a visit by its Secretary of State that any future moves depend on whether it will continue funding the YPG Kurdish militia.

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US urges allies to remain focused on IS threat

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged countries to focus their efforts on fighting the Islamic State group, saying that Turkey's offensive ...

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Countries pledge billions for Iraq at Kuwait donors' conference

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are among the countries to have pledged to help Iraq in loans and investments to rebuild the country following ...

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US-Turkey tensions overshadow appeal for anti-IS unity

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged allies on Tuesday to stay focused on fighting IS, saying Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria ...

Iraq seeks $88.2 billion for post-IS <em>reconstruction</em>

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Iraq seeks $88.2 billion for post-IS reconstruction

The country is still reeling from the dramatic rise of Islamic State and the punishing fight to recapture territory, with swathes of Iraq in ...

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Tillerson kicks off 'difficult tour' of tense Middle East

Flying into Egypt on Sunday, the US Secretary of State has started a five-nation tour in the Middle East, amid heightened tensions and unease ...

Iraq looks to private sector for post-IS <em>reconstruction</em>

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Iraq looks to private sector for post-IS reconstruction

Baghdad is looking to drum up funds at a reconstruction conference in neighbouring Kuwait from 12 to 14 February after announcing the ...

The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten <em>reconstruction</em> funds

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The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

This week in Iraq: The US has admitted that Islamic State is far from being defeated while the Iraqi interior ministry claimed that IS leader's ...

UN seeks $17mln for children's health in post-IS Iraq

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UN seeks $17mln for children's health in post-IS Iraq

UNICEF says next week's reconstruction conference for Iraq in Kuwait will be 'a unique opportunity to put children at the heart' of the ...

Jordan building 1000-mile pipeline for post-IS Iraqi oil imports

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Jordan building 1000-mile pipeline for post-IS Iraqi oil imports

Jordan has approved plans to construct a 1000-mile-long oil pipeline from Basra to Aqaba, with Iraq keen to boost exports after 'defeating' ...

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Japan to recognise Palestine and increase UNRWA funding

Japan is set to recognise the State of Palestine and boost its funding for vital projects in Gaza, in response to the US' damaging cuts to UNRWA.

Harun Arsalai

"Never ending trauma" plagues Afghanistan

As NGO workers recover from a car-bomb attack on Save The Children's officers, Afghanis face violence from IS, the Taliban, security forces and ...

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Trash Tsunami: Lebanon's sea-dumped rubbish comes crashing ashore

Plastics, tires, footwear, and even cattle bones surfaced this week at Lebanon's once-idyllic Zouk Mosbeh coastline.

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US aid chief visits Syria's Raqqa in stabilisation push

The visit comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signalled last week an open-ended US military presence in Syria.

Libya's militia culture must be demobilised

Guma El-Gamaty

Libya's militia culture must be demobilised

Comment: To avoid a serious security vacuum, Libya must build a young, strong, national army, as the militias are gradually scaled down, writes ...

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IS faces military defeat 'witihin weeks,' says Macron

Emmanuel Macron says France will 'adapt' its contribution to the anti-IS coalition while laying out the country's defence plans.

How falafel is frying hope back into Syria's Raqqa

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How falafel is frying hope back into Syria's Raqqa

Customers pull up plastic chairs to the storefront to dig into their sandwiches, like they did before Syria knew absolute war.

Macron gets tough on migrants, vows 'no more Jungles'

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Macron gets tough on migrants, vows 'no more Jungles'

France would no longer allow migrant camps like the 'jungle' said French president Macron, defending a tougher line on immigration

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

Mona Alami

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

Comment: Regime gains on the ground in Idlib and eastern Ghouta will not be the end of the struggle for Syria, writes Mona Alami.

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