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Qatari emir support Sudan’s Bashir

The ruler of Qatar offered support for Sudan’s “unity and stability” on Wednesday at a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on his first foreign visit in more than a month of protests against him, a statement said. The tiny but wealthy Gulf state vies with regional rivals for influence in …

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Russia condemns Israeli airstrikes on Syria

Russia said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what Moscow called arbitrary air strikes on Syria, days after the Israeli air force targeted what Israel said were Iranian forces there. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei …

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Car bombs kills and injures near Kirkuk

A car bomb killed one soldier and injured at least two in a northern Iraqi town near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, the military and a security source said. The military said in a statement that a member of the security forces was killed. A security source told …

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EU envoys denied entry into Assad’s new Syria

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has revoked special visas for European Union diplomats and officials traveling regularly between Beirut and Damascus, complicating efforts to distribute aid to civil war victims, three senior EU diplomats said. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, the EU has used the Lebanese capital, the …

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Israeli soldier kills Palestinian fighter

An Israeli soldier fatally shot a Palestinian man who tried to stab a fellow soldier in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Israeli military said. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the man was killed. There was no further comment from Palestinian officials. “The assailant arrived by vehicle from the …

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UAE in strategic partnership with Comoros

Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, today received Yousef Mohammed Ali, Director of the President’s Office and Acting Minister of Defence of the Union of the Comoros, and explored ways of boosting ties. During the meeting, Al Bowardi praised the brotherly relations between the UAE …

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Erdogan issues further threat to Syria Kurds

President Tayyip Erdogan made clear on Monday that Turkey would not allow a “safe zone” that it is considering setting up in northern Syria to become a base for Kurdish separatists. Last week, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, …

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Iraqi bikers try to unite war-torn country

Roaring along Baghdad’s highways, the “Iraq Bikers” are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: they want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq’s deep sectarian rifts. Weaving in and out of traffic, only the lucky few ride Harley Davidsons – a rare and …

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Syria successfully repelled Israeli airstrike

Syrian military air defenses thwarted an Israeli attack on Sunday, shooting down several missiles in the south of the country, state media said. “Our air defense systems thwarted … an Israeli air aggression … and prevented it from achieving any of its goals,” a military source told state news agency …

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Americans kill 52 militants in Somalia

A U.S. air strike killed 52 militants in Somalia’s Middle Juba region on Saturday, its Africa Command said. The strike was in response to an attack on a Somali military base near Jilib, 370 km (230 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, by a large group of al Shabaab militants, a statement …

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Qatar headed to Arab economic summit

Qatar’s emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s office said on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had informed it he would come to lead the …

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