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SYRIA POLITICS: 11 Civilians Killed By US Airstrike in Daesh-Held Raqqah

SYRIA POLITICS: 11 Civilians Killed By US Airstrike in Daesh-Held Raqqah 0

US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Vows to Address North Korea, Broader Crisis ‘Urgently’

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Moon Jae-in Vows to Address North Korea, Broader Crisis ‘Urgently’ 0

South Korea President Moon Jae-in was sworn in and vowed to immediately tackle the difficult tasks of addressing North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions.

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IRAN POLITICS: Israel Impediment to Middle East Free of Nuclear Weapons: Reza Najafi

IRAN POLITICS: Israel Impediment to Middle East Free of Nuclear Weapons: Reza Najafi 0

“Israeli regime, with the indiscriminate support of US, is main obstacle to the establishment of a Middle East region free of nuclear weapons,” Reza Najafi.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Kabila Defies Oposition, Names Transitional Government

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Kabila Defies Oposition, Names Transitional Government 0

“There is no other roadmap besides the accord. If the accord is dead, Kabila has to leave,” Martin Fayulu, president ECIDE party.

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IRAN POLITICS: Saudi Arabia Will Be Razed Except for Mecca, Medina If It Attacks Iran: Defense Minister

IRAN POLITICS: Saudi Arabia Will Be Razed Except for Mecca, Medina If It Attacks Iran: Defense Minister 0

“If they do something ignorant, we will leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan says.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 5,000 Chinese Uighurs Fighting in Militant Groups

SYRIA POLITICS: 5,000 Chinese Uighurs Fighting in Militant Groups 0

Syria’s ambassador in Beijing, Imad Moustapha: “Our estimated numbers, because of the numbers we fight against, we kill, we capture, we wound, would be around 4-5,000 Xinjiang jihadists. China as well as every other country should be extremely concerned.”

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SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: 2 Million Children Flee Homes Because of Civil War

SOUTH SUDAN POLITICS: 2 Million Children Flee Homes Because of Civil War 0

“No refugee crisis today worries me more than South Sudan,” Valentin Tapsoba, the Africa chief for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, said in a statement.

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IRAN POLITICS: Riyadh Implementing Hostile Policies of US, Israel in Region: Iran General

IRAN POLITICS: Riyadh Implementing Hostile Policies of US, Israel in Region: Iran General 0

“There is nothing new with false claims made by some Saudi officials against Iran and independent countries in the region. Unfortunately, the Saudi regime carries out hostile measures against some Muslim countries in the region on behalf of the US and the Zionists,” Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Sunday.

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USA POLITICS: US Allows al-Qaeda, Daesh Proliferation: Here’s Why

USA POLITICS: US Allows al-Qaeda, Daesh Proliferation: Here’s Why 0

“In Afghanistan US doesn’t want to defeat al-Qaeda, Daesh. They want them to serve as rationale for the occupation of Afghanistan,” Professor Dennis Etler.

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: ‘Daesh US Product’: Hamid Karzai Says

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: ‘Daesh US Product’: Hamid Karzai Says 0

“First, Daesh comes to drive people away and then the US comes and drops that big bomb,” Karzai added, saying he was convinced that the use of the massive bomb “was a joint US-ISIS (Daesh) operation.”

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: US Eager to Sell Arms Worth Billions of Dollars to Saudi Arabia: US Sources

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: US Eager to Sell Arms Worth Billions of Dollars to Saudi Arabia: US Sources 0

Saudi Arabia is Trump’s first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with a top regional ally.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Ismail Haniyeh Elected New Hamas Political Chief

PALESTINE POLITICS: Ismail Haniyeh Elected New Hamas Political Chief 0

Palestinian movement Hamas elected Ismail Haniyeh to lead its political office on Saturday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters in Gaza.

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AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Taliban Takes District Near Northern Kunduz in Offensive

AFGHANISTAN POLITICS: Taliban Takes District Near Northern Kunduz in Offensive 0

Over the past 18 months, Taliban insurgents have twice succeeded in seizing the town center of Kunduz for brief periods and the latest fighting underscores warnings that Afghan forces face another grueling year of fighting.

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ETHIOPIA POLITICS: Ethiopia, Sudan Deploy Forces, Missiles Against Egyptian Military Strike on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on River Nile

ETHIOPIA POLITICS: Ethiopia, Sudan Deploy Forces, Missiles Against Egyptian Military Strike on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on River Nile 0

The Ethiopians have deployed long-range missiles around the dam as a precautionary measure and Sudan’s forces have been placed on standby.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Snubs Russian Safe Zones Plan

SYRIA POLITICS: US Snubs Russian Safe Zones Plan 0

“The coalition will continue to target ISIS wherever they operate to ensure they have no sanctuary,” said Pentagon spokesman Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Bans US-Led Coalition Warplanes From Syria Safe Zones

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Bans US-Led Coalition Warplanes From Syria Safe Zones 0

“In terms of their actions in the de-escalation zones then from this moment these zones are closed for their flights,” Kremlin’s envoy Kazakhstan Alexander Lavrentyev says.

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EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Counters ‘Resurgent Russia’ With ‘Historic Role as War Fighting Command’

EUROPE POLITICS: NATO Counters ‘Resurgent Russia’ With ‘Historic Role as War Fighting Command’ 0

“We deplore that deployment, for it raises tensions in Europe along the border between NATO and Russia. Russia doesn’t pose any threat to Estonia nor any other NATO member state,” Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko recently told the Daily Mail.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Grave Consequences’: Pyongyang Warns China

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: ‘Grave Consequences’: Pyongyang Warns China 0

North Korea has warned China of “grave consequences” if it “chops down” relations between the two countries.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Will Not ‘Beg’ for China’s Friendship: KCNA

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Pyongyang Will Not ‘Beg’ for China’s Friendship: KCNA 0

“The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China, risking its nuclear program, which is as precious as its own life, no matter how valuable the friendship is,” the commentary said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Fully Supports Russian Safe Zones Proposal: Foreign Ministry

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Fully Supports Russian Safe Zones Proposal: Foreign Ministry 0

UN’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, called on the militants to return to the negotiating table “because what is important is also to look at the possibility of an outcome on a de-escalation.”

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