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Dealing with Unprecedented Influx of Refugees, Asylum Seekers

The Levant News —  Germany is taking measures to better handle the growing influx of refugees and asylum seekers. Applications for asylum are being processed more quickly. Employment restrictions for asylum seekers have been eased. Access to on-the-job training for asylum seekers and refugees allowed to remain in Germany has …

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Houthis’ fire missile

The Levant News — Yemen Houthis say fire missile in retaliation for Saudi ‘war crimes’. Yemen’s Houthi forces fired a ballistic missile on Thursday in retaliation for attacks by a Saudi-led coalition, a source in the Iranian-allied group said, and a Houthi-linked television station said a Scud missile had been …

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Oxford’s new geography textbook names Crimea as part of Russia

The Levant News — Oxford’s new geography textbook names Crimea as part of Russia One of the world’s leading academic publishers, Oxford University Press, has apparently recognized Crimea as a part of Russia under international law. A new student textbook refers to the peninsula as Russian territory. A new edition …

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Protests turned BCD into ghost town

The Levant News — Lebanon’s business community reiterated calls to end the anti-government protests in Beirut Central District, warning that these actions have turned the area into a ghost town. Source: The Daily Star

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SANA wins AMAN award for best news item

The Levant News — The Alliance for Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) officially announced the winners of its competition for best news item and best photograph, with the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) winning first place for best news item. Director-General of SANA Ahmad Dawa received the award certificates for the editors …

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Syria’s Breaking: Mass Offensive Against ISIL in Damascus Suburb

The Levant News Exclusive -Damascus- A military source said, Syrian Armed Forces began a large-scale operation in Damascus suburb to free Jobar and Harasta, from terrorists. Syria’s Armed Forces already took control of several buildings in Jobar wich contains armed groups belonging to the Ahrar ash-Sham movement led by Zahran Alloush. …

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Alexander Lukashenko Wins Fifth Presidential Term in Belarus

The Levant News — President Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth term in office by a landslide on Sunday, but he said anything less than 80 percent of the vote would be a sign that his support was slipping. While no reliable independent exit polls were conducted, the state sociology institute said …

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Russian Aircraft in Syria Carry Out 88 Sorties in 24 Hours

The Levant News — Russian aircraft carried out 88 sorties in Syria in 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The targets included ISIL command posts, weapon storage facilities, and sites where the group manufactured explosives, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday “Over the past day, Su-24, Su-24M and Su-25SM aircraft completed …

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Protesters gather at scene of deadly Ankara bombings

The Levant News — Thousands of people, many chanting anti-government slogans, gathered in central Ankara Sunday near the scene of bomb blasts which killed at least 95 people, mourning the victims of the most deadly attack of its kind on Turkish soil. Two suspected suicide bombers hit a rally of pro-Kurdish …

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Explosion at restaurant in China kills 17: state media

The Levant News — At least 17 people were killed on Saturday after an explosion ripped through a restaurant in eastern China, state media said. A gas cylinder exploded in a restaurant in the city of Wuhu in Anhui province, causing a fire, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. Similar explosions …

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Powerful explosions kill dozens at peace rally in Ankara

The Levant News — Dozens of people have been killed and scores injured in two blasts at a peace rally in the Turkish capital, Ankara, officials said. According to the Turkish government, the explosions appeared to be the result of suicide bomb attacks. The death toll from the tragedy has reached …

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Belarussian writer wins Nobel prize

The Levant News — Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for her portrayal of the harshness of life in the Soviet Union. The Swedish Academy said Alexievich’s work, which chronicles the lives of Soviet women during World War Two as well as the consequences of …

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Islamic State fighters advance in Aleppo outskirts: monitor

The Levant News — Islamic State fighters have captured several Syrian villages from rival insurgents near Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Friday. Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State forces had taken over villages including Tel Suseen and Tel Qarah from other rebels groups …

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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Levant News — Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said. The quartet is made up of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts …

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Russia Seeks to Strengthen Lebanese Army to Fight ISIL

The Levant News — Russia strengthens its alliance with Middle Eastern countries and provides the Lebanese army with military equipment, media reported. Russia wants to promote modernization of the Lebanese armed forces and law enforcement agencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday at a meeting of the Lebanon Support …

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Merkel says still against Turkey joining the EU

The Levant News — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Turkey’s help was needed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe but that this hadn’t changed her view that Ankara should not become a member of the European Union. “I have always been against EU membership, President (Tayyip) …

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