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IRAQ POLITICS: ‘We’re Not Here for Your Oil’: Jim Mattis US Defense Secretary Tells Iraqis

IRAQ POLITICS: ‘We’re Not Here for Your Oil’: Jim Mattis US Defense Secretary Tells Iraqis

Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Congo Probes Video Showing Apparent Massacre By Soldiers

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Congo Probes Video Showing Apparent Massacre By Soldiers

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said it was investigating a video that appears to show Congolese troops shooting dead a group of apparent militia members armed with slingshots and wooden batons.

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LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says, Lebanon Will Avenge Israeli Attack With ‘Appropriate Response’

LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says, Lebanon Will Avenge Israeli Attack With ‘Appropriate Response’

“Any attempt to hurt Lebanese sovereignty or expose the Lebanese to danger will find the appropriate response,” Lebanese President Michel Aoun said.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistani Security Forces Killed Dozens of Militants

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistani Security Forces Killed Dozens of Militants

The bombing at the famed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in southern Sindh province was Pakistan’s deadliest attack for two years, killing at least 83 people and highlighting the threat of militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Almost Taken al-Bab

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Almost Taken al-Bab

“The operation to gain complete control of the al-Bab region has neared its end and the resistance of the Daesh terror group has largely been broken,” the Turkish military statement said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab League, Egypt Back Only ‘Two-State’ Solution for Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab League, Egypt Back Only ‘Two-State’ Solution for Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Netanyahu’s far-right political allies hailed the U.S. shift in support for a Palestinian state and shrugged off a call by Trump to curb Israeli settlements on occupied land.

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SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

“We expect to start very, very shortly with just a handful of people,” a U.N. human rights official told Reuters.

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: 15,000 Lost Children Seek Parents in Chaos of Civil War

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: 15,000 Lost Children Seek Parents in Chaos of Civil War

In the chaos of South Sudan’s civil war, it took three years for Nyagonga Machul to find her lost children.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 48 People Killed, 55 Wounded in Car Bomb

IRAQ POLITICS: 48 People Killed, 55 Wounded in Car Bomb

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing in southern Baghdad, Iraq, killing at least 48 people and wounding 55.

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC POLITICS: 32 People Killed By Rebels

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC POLITICS: 32 People Killed By Rebels

Central African Republic government and a 13,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission have struggled to contain killing sprees by rebel groups.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Ready for Prisoner Swaps With Rebels

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Ready for Prisoner Swaps With Rebels

This month, in a rare move, the Syrian government and rebel groups swapped dozens of women prisoners and hostages, some of them with their children, in Hama province in northwestern Syria.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Hezbollah Backs Syria Ceasefire, Political Talks

SYRIA POLITICS: Hezbollah Backs Syria Ceasefire, Political Talks

Lebanese Hezbollah movement strongly supports the Syrian ceasefire agreed on in Kazakhstan and any truce that could lead to a political solution, its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday.

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USA POLITICS: Richard Gere Says Trump Blurs ‘Refugee’, ‘Terrorist’ Meaning

USA POLITICS: Richard Gere Says Trump Blurs ‘Refugee’, ‘Terrorist’ Meaning

“A ‘refugee’ used to be someone that we had empathy for …someone we wanted to help who we wanted to give refuge to,” Richard Gere said.

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka Resigns

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka Resigns

Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, the deputy head of logistics, is the highest-ranking officer to resign since former Vice President Riek Machar fled after his supporters clashed in Juba in July with soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Khaled Sharrouf ISIS Fighter First Australian Stripped of Citizenship

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Khaled Sharrouf ISIS Fighter First Australian Stripped of Citizenship

Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the country’s first dual nationality individual to be stripped of Australian citizenship under anti-terrorism laws.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ambushed! 7 Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ambushed! 7 Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram

Boko Haram fighters have killed seven Nigerian soldiers and wounded 19 more in an ambush on a road in the northeastern state of Borno, the military said on Friday.

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FRANCE POLITICS: Constitutional Court Vetoes Ban On Consulting Jihadist Sites

FRANCE POLITICS: Constitutional Court Vetoes Ban On Consulting Jihadist Sites

The court said in a statement that law enforcement agencies in France had enough other resources to monitor websites which incited militancy, and people who clearly had “a terrorist intention”.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Rejects Safe Zones in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Rejects Safe Zones in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Lock in US Support for Stand-Off With Russia

European allies are growing confident. They are reassured by Trump’s remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: “We strongly support NATO.”

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SOMALIA POLITICS: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Wins Election

SOMALIA POLITICS: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Wins Election

“This is the beginning of unity for Somali nation, the beginning of the fight against Shabaab and corruption”, a triumphant Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said.

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