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The toll of 1,692 fatalities was one percent more than a year earlier and the highest for the period since 2009, according to UN figures.

Nangarhar has seen an uptick in violence in recent weeks, with the Islamic State ramping up its attacks in the province.

UN envoy meets Yemen president in push for <em>truce</em>

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UN envoy meets Yemen president in push for truce

The UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths met with President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday, in the latest efforts to broker a truce between the government and rebels.

Pompeo says 'hope' for Afghan peace talks

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Pompeo says 'hope' for Afghan peace talks

During an unannounced visit to Kabul, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was "now hope" for peace talks between the Afghan government ...

South Sudan ceasefire breaks down after few hours

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South Sudan ceasefire breaks down after few hours

A ceasefire in war-torn South Sudan has lasted just a few hours.

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Afghan forces begin new offensive against the Taliban

A brief ceasefire in Afghanistan is officially over, as government forces begin a new offensive against Taliban insurgents.

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Israel 'will block entry' to Syrians fleeing Daraa blitz

Israeli ministers are queuing up to demand the government block entry to Syrians fleeing a regime assault on Daraa province from entering ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian rebels agree to surrender Daraa towns to regime

Syrian rebels have agreed to handover the town of Ibta to Bashar al-Assad's regime, with other areas expected to surrender as part of a Russian ...

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Russia gives Syria rebels 12-hour ultimatum to surrender Daraa

Russia has given Syrian rebels in Daraa 12 hours to surrender, with a temporary ceasefire announced in the south of the country.

Syria says Israeli missiles hit area near Damascus airport

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Syria says Israeli missiles hit area near Damascus airport

The number of reported Israeli strikes on Syrian territory have increased in recent weeks, as tensions between Israel and Iran ramp up.

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Assad steps up military offensive in Syria's southwest

Syrian regime forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel ...

Taliban rejects ceasefire as Afghanistan suicide attack kills dozens

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Taliban rejects ceasefire as Afghanistan suicide attack kills dozens

A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday, the second assault ...

US to intensify anti-IS fight during Afghan <em>truce</em>

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US to intensify anti-IS fight during Afghan truce

An Afghan government truce with the Taliban has provided a window for the fight against IS to be stepped up, a US general has said.

Regime says Damascus 'completely secure', declares victory in capital

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Regime says Damascus 'completely secure', declares victory in capital

This marks the first time since the civil war began in 2011 that regime forces control the capital and all its suburbs.

Syria and IS 'reach <em>truce</em>' after south Damascus battles

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Syria and IS 'reach truce' after south Damascus battles

A ceasefire agreement between IS and the Syrian regime was declared on Saturday, despite reports of the regime continuing their siege, resulting ...

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Qatar fears escalation, calls for nuclear-free Middle East

Qatar has responded to Donald Trump's announcement to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal by urging for a 'collective response' that would see the Middle East nuclear-free.

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Khamenei: Tehran 'may quit Iran nuclear deal'

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran is willing to quit the nuclear deal if European signatories do not ...

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N.,S. Korea commit to denuclearisation in historic summit

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to pursue a permanent peace and the complete denuclearization of the divided peninsula

Charlie Hoyle

Explainer: Life in Gaza under Israel's blockade

Gaza is one of the most densely populated territories on the planet, with two million Palestinians crammed into just 362 square kilometres – and ...

US approves $300m guided missiles sale to Qatar

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US approves $300m guided missiles sale to Qatar

US approves multi-million dollar arms sale to Qatar on the eve of President Donald Trump's meeting with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Daoud Kuttab

Israel's collective punishment of Palestinians won't deter the resistance

Comment: Israel's policy of 'deterrence' is indistinguishable from collective punishment, and as a result will only embolden Palestinian ...

UN disputes Morocco's claims of incursions in Western Sahara

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UN disputes Morocco's claims of incursions in Western Sahara

The UN has said they have not observed fighters from the Polisario Front making incursions into Western Sahara.

Assad breaks Ghouta <em>truce</em>, shells rebels 'refusing to evacuate'

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Assad breaks Ghouta truce, shells rebels 'refusing to evacuate'

Syria's regime continued its bombardment of Douma on Sunday night, as Eastern Ghouta's last remaining rebels refuse to evacuate the besieged ...

When will Zarif's policies match his rosy rhetoric?

Rami G. Khouri

When will Zarif's policies match his rosy rhetoric?

Comment: Arab leaders would react more positively to solid actions from Iran, which would create an opening for serious diplomatic engagement, ...

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