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

Emine Erdogan praised Turkey's humanitarian efforts during Operation Olive Branch, noting that Turkey will seek to return hundreds of thousands of refugees back to Syria.

India and Iran step up efforts to stabilise Afghanistan

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India and Iran step up efforts to stabilise Afghanistan

India and Iran's leaders met to discuss increasing efforts to bring stability to war-torn Afghanistan.

NATO to expand Iraqi training mission

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NATO to expand Iraqi training mission

The NATO mission in Iraq could involve up to 200 personnel, and will have a non-combat mandate.

One in six children live in a war-zone: report

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One in six children live in a war-zone: report

Ahead of a security conference, Save the Children has released a shocking report highlighting a 300 percent increase on attacks against ...

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UN envoy: Syria situation at 'most worrying' point

Staffan de Mistura called for immediate de-escalation of fighting in Syria, as the US and Iran exchanged accusations of blame for the escalating situation in the war-torn country.

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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 ...

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Tillerson praises military, encourages fair elections during Egypt visit

The US envoy voiced his support for fair elections in Egypt, but made no mention of human rights or the political situation during his meeting ...

Robert Springborg

Sisi's Sinai operation is counter-democracy, not counter-terrorist

Comment: The real purpose of Sisi's operation is to reassure and intimidate voters, to glorify the president, and to distract from the regime's ...

US backs Israel's strikes on Iranian positions in Syria

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US backs Israel's strikes on Iranian positions in Syria

Israel's ally the United States came to its defence on Saturday, calling Iran's behaviour "malign" and a threat to peace and stability.

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Egypt closes schools in northern Sinai amid anti-militant operation

The governor for the northern Sinai peninsula has decided to suspend all schools indefinitely as the Egyptian military launches a major campaign ...

Will Europe ban weapons to countries fighting in Yemen?

Stasa Salacanin

Will Europe ban weapons to countries fighting in Yemen?

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will no longer receive weapons from Germany and Norway, and many are wondering whether other European nations ...

Lebanon military to block Israeli wall on its land Lebanon military to block Israeli wall on its land

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Lebanon military to block Israeli wall on its land

Israeli plans to build a wall on Lebanese land will not come to fruition, Beirut's defence council vowed Wednesday.

Iraq launches operation to clear oil route to Iran

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Iraq launches operation to clear oil route to Iran

Iraqi forces, backed by militias, Peshmerga and an international coalition, have begun an operation to clear an oil transit route of militants.

UN demands 'immediate ceasefire' as Syria death toll mounts

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UN demands 'immediate ceasefire' as Syria death toll mounts

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday's death toll was the highest it had recorded since December.

Émile Taalab

Sisi or Sisi's supporter? Egypt's presidential dilemma

Analysis: After the alarming sidelining of any serious challengers to Sisi in upcoming presidential elections, Émile Taalab asks: will Egyptians still go to the polls?

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Hundreds of families with IS members 'forced into camps'

Over 200 families have been forcefully evicted from their homes by Iraqi forces, due to their family links with IS, in a move HRW condemned as a ...

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Erdogan: EU partnership is not enough

Turkey has rejected proposals of a partnership with the European Union, insisting full membership to the bloc is the only option.

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Egypt bulldozes zone by Sinai airport, displacing thousands

Egypt's army is bulldozing homes and olive groves to build a buffer zone around the airport in troubled North Sinai Province, but the operation ...

Yemen in 2018: Deepening war or nearing peace?

Khalid Al-Karimi

Yemen in 2018: Deepening war or nearing peace?

Analysis: Politicians and warlords have the stamina to continue the war indefinitely, but the people of Yemen are paying the price, writes ...

CJ Werleman

Australia's warmongers must come clean on weapons exports

Comment: The Australian government is exporting death and doom to the Middle East while keeping its citizens in the dark about the nature of its ...

Peace deal must include Israeli West Bank control: Netanyahu

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Peace deal must include Israeli West Bank control: Netanyahu

Any future peace deal with Palestinians would require Israeli control of the occupied West Bank, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanuahu has said.

Egypt's strongman Sisi threatens opposition after election boycott calls

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Egypt's strongman Sisi threatens opposition after election boycott calls

Egypt’s president on Wednesday gave a thinly veiled but stern warning to opposition politicians calling for a boycott of presidential elections ...

How long will 'Teflon Trump' last?

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

How long will 'Teflon Trump' last?

Comment: Other than providing more comedy material for late night talk shows, it seems unlikely the book will have any effect on the survival of ...

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