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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Returned Fire on Kurdish YPG Militants in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Returned Fire on Kurdish YPG Militants in Syria 0

Kurds had earlier opened fire on the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants in the Maranaz area south of the town of Azaz in northern Syria.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Cautions US Against Unilateral Action in Syria

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia Cautions US Against Unilateral Action in Syria 0

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed US warning on a chemical attack plan, saying “such threats to Syria’s legitimate leaders are unacceptable.”

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USA POLITICS: Senator Bob Corker to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi-Led States Until Qatar Dispute Resolved

USA POLITICS: Senator Bob Corker to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi-Led States Until Qatar Dispute Resolved 0

US Congressman Republican Senator Bob Corker is on a congressional group that reviews arms deals before they can go ahead.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Official Threatens Syria Over ‘Gas Attack Plan’

SYRIA POLITICS: US Official Threatens Syria Over ‘Gas Attack Plan’ 0

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Assad and the Syrian military would “pay a heavy price” if they went ahead with the alleged plan.

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IRAN POLITICS: Muslims Obliged to Fight Against Israel: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

IRAN POLITICS: Muslims Obliged to Fight Against Israel: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei 0

“Today the fight against the Zionist regime is obligatory and necessary for Muslims. Why do some evade this duty?” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Fires Cruise Missiles at Daesh in Syria, Doesn’t Inform U.S.

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Fires Cruise Missiles at Daesh in Syria, Doesn’t Inform U.S. 0

“As a result of the surprise mass missile strike, command points were destroyed and also large stores of weapons and ammunition of the IS (Daesh) terrorists in the area of Aqirbat in the Hama Province,” the ministry said.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: UN Has ‘Responsibility’ to Resolve Kashmir Issue: Nafees Zakaria

PAKISTAN POLITICS: UN Has ‘Responsibility’ to Resolve Kashmir Issue: Nafees Zakaria 0

Foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Kashmir is an “internationally recognised” dispute and is outstanding on the UN Security Council agenda.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Grand al-Nuri Mosque Destroyed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Grand al-Nuri Mosque Destroyed By Islamic State 0

“Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat,” Iraqi Prime Minister said.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in to Xi Jinping: Do More on North Korea Nuclear Program 0

“China is North Korea’s only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea,” Moon said. “Without the assistance of China, sanctions won’t be effective at all.”

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Su-27 Chases NATO F-16 Fighter Jet at Baltic Sea

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russian Su-27 Chases NATO F-16 Fighter Jet at Baltic Sea 0

Russian fighter jet chased away a NATO plane that was trying to approach an aircraft carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the Baltic Sea.

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USA POLITICS: US Continues to ‘Stab Russia in the Back’ With Syrian Offensives

USA POLITICS: US Continues to ‘Stab Russia in the Back’ With Syrian Offensives 0

Russia disagrees with Washington’s claim the shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday was an ‘act of self-defense’ and has demonstrated its displeasure by halting cooperation with the US-led coalition in Syria over the incident.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 65 Daesh Takfiris Killed in Iran Missile Attack: IRGC

SYRIA POLITICS: 65 Daesh Takfiris Killed in Iran Missile Attack: IRGC 0

Daesh weapons and munitions cache in northern Dayr al-Zawr was “precisely struck and completely annihilated,” the statement said.

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USA POLITICS: Assad, Allies Will Ultimately Drive U.S. Out of Syria: Robert Ford Ex-US Envoy

USA POLITICS: Assad, Allies Will Ultimately Drive U.S. Out of Syria: Robert Ford Ex-US Envoy 0

Robert Ford, former US ambassador to Syria said US mistaken in supporting to opposition back in 2011 and demanding President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Halts Operations in US-Led Coalition in Syria After Syrian Jet Hit

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Halts Operations in US-Led Coalition in Syria After Syrian Jet Hit 0

“As a precautionary measure, Australian Defence Force (ADF) strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” an ADF spokeswoman said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine 0

Trump’s international envoy, Jason Greenblatt, will join meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Trump Hardens Approach Toward Pakistan After Afghan War Review

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Trump Hardens Approach Toward Pakistan After Afghan War Review 0

Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: US Respect Syrian Sovereignty: Lavrov Russian FM

RUSSIA POLITICS: US Respect Syrian Sovereignty: Lavrov Russian FM 0

“We call on the United State and all others who have their forces or advisers on the ground to ensure the coordination in our work,” Lavrov said, adding “zones of de-escalation are one of the possible options to jointly move forward.”

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UKRAINE POLITICS: 750,000 Children Face Lack of Safe Drinking Water: UNICEF Warns

UKRAINE POLITICS: 750,000 Children Face Lack of Safe Drinking Water: UNICEF Warns 0

“Nearly three million people in eastern Ukraine rely on water infrastructure that is now in the line of fire,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: 20 June Weapons to Be Handed Over to UN: Rodrigo Londono Says

COLOMBIA POLITICS: 20 June Weapons to Be Handed Over to UN: Rodrigo Londono Says 0

“We have taken political decision. We respect the agreement, we will implement it, whatever it takes,” FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko said.

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QATAR POLITICS: US, Qatar Sign $12bn F-15 Fighter Jet Deal Amid Persian Gulf Row

QATAR POLITICS: US, Qatar Sign $12bn F-15 Fighter Jet Deal Amid Persian Gulf Row 0

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country had signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from Washington for $12 billion.

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