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SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

Six years since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, he is winning on the battlefield but Syria’s civil war is far from over, with his once stable country broken into fiefdoms ruled by rebels and warlords.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Yemeni Women Protest Against Saudi War Outside UN Office

YEMEN POLITICS: Yemeni Women Protest Against Saudi War Outside UN Office

Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen since March 2015. Over 12,000 people have died and over 40,000 wounded since the onset of the aggression, which was launched in an alleged attempt to bring Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied government back to power.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Needs ‘Proxy Peace’: Federica Mogherini EU Diplomat Says

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Needs ‘Proxy Peace’: Federica Mogherini EU Diplomat Says

EU capital Brussels will host an international conference on Syria on April 5, hoping to create a new momentum. It has, however, long played only a marginal role in international efforts to resolve the conflict.

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VIETNAM POLITICS: Vietnam to China: Stop Cruises in South China Sea

VIETNAM POLITICS: Vietnam to China: Stop Cruises in South China Sea

Vietnam demanded China stop sending cruise ships to South China Sea in a response to Beijing’s latest steps to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Japan to Send Izumo Its Largest Warship to South China Sea

JAPAN POLITICS: Japan to Send Izumo Its Largest Warship to South China Sea

“The aim is to test the capability of the Izumo by sending it out on an extended mission,” said one of the sources who have knowledge of the plan.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

“Initial checks of the mass grave revealed remains with prison uniforms and lined up in a way that indicates they were shot dead in groups,” said Karim Nouri, spokesman for the Hashid Shaabi.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Says Yet to See ‘Anything Concrete’ From Trump to Defeat Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Says Yet to See ‘Anything Concrete’ From Trump to Defeat Islamic State

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said “in theory” he still saw scope for cooperation with Trump though practically nothing had happened in this regard.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Essen Terror: Police Close Shopping Mall Over Fears of Terrorist Attack

GERMANY POLITICS: Essen Terror: Police Close Shopping Mall Over Fears of Terrorist Attack

“Yesterday, we received very serious indications from security sources that a possible attack was planned here for today and would be carried out,” a spokesman for Essen police told Reuters Television.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Islamic State Frees Mosul Prisoners

IRAQ POLITICS: Islamic State Frees Mosul Prisoners

One Mosul resident said his brother had suddenly reappeared at the house on Friday after spending a month in captivity for possessing a mobile phone.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria in August, deploying tanks and air power in support of rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Marines and Army Rangers Deployed in Syria to Defeat Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: US Marines and Army Rangers Deployed in Syria to Defeat Islamic State

U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian said the additional U.S. forces would be working with local partners in Syria – the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Arab Coalition – and would not have a front line role.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

Families cowered in basements, huddling in dark as war raged between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Revealed! New Evidence of Cluster Bombs Used By Saudi Coalition in Yemen

YEMEN POLITICS: Revealed! New Evidence of Cluster Bombs Used By Saudi Coalition in Yemen

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty Director of Research said: “Cluster munitions are inherently indiscriminate weapons that inflict unimaginable harm on civilian lives.”

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KOSOVO POLITICS: Kosovo to Create National Army Despite Serb Opposition

KOSOVO POLITICS: Kosovo to Create National Army Despite Serb Opposition

After Kosovo war, relations between Belgrade and Pristina remain strained and Serbia continues to regard Kosovo as a renegade province.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Parliament Passes Muezzin Bill to Ban Muslim Calls to Prayers

ISRAEL POLITICS: Parliament Passes Muezzin Bill to Ban Muslim Calls to Prayers

Israeli parliament, Knesset, has given preliminary approval to a bill to ban Muslim calls to prayers from being announced via loudspeakers at mosques in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! 65 Female Palestinian Prisoners Held in HaSharon, Damon Jails

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! 65 Female Palestinian Prisoners Held in HaSharon, Damon Jails

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said, the eve of International Women’s Day, that the female prisoners were being held in HaSharon and Damon jails.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: U.S. Deploys THAAD in South Korea After Defiant Pyongyang’s Four Ballistic Missiles Test

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: U.S. Deploys THAAD in South Korea After Defiant Pyongyang’s Four Ballistic Missiles Test

China objects to the THAAD deployment, saying its territory is the target of the system’s far-reaching radar. South Korea and the United States have said the missile system is aimed only at curbing North Korean provocations.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Civilians in Mosul Face Serious Humanitarian Crisis: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: 750,000 Civilians in Mosul Face Serious Humanitarian Crisis: UN

“There has been a voluntary return by displaced people to newly-liberated areas [of the city], with at least 72,000 returning so far to their homes in eastern Mosul,” he said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Seeks Permanent Foothold in Syria

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu to Putin: Iran Seeks Permanent Foothold in Syria

Netanyahu has said that Israel has carried out dozens of strikes to prevent weapons smuggling to the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah via Syria.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: ‘Fighting Must Go On’: Kelly Martinez Says

COLOMBIA POLITICS: ‘Fighting Must Go On’: Kelly Martinez Says

“We’ll keep fighting with words and not arms,” said Kelly Martinez, at a mountaintop settlement in northern Colombia where around 160 FARC fighters have gathered to disarm.

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