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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Ready For Open Battle in Province Where It Has Let Rebels Gather

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Ready For Open Battle in Province Where It Has Let Rebels Gather

In Damascus, Ali Haidar, national reconciliation minister, said the state could not allow Idlib to remain in insurgent hands indefinitely.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Calls For Elor Azaria’s Pardon

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Calls For Elor Azaria’s Pardon

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a pardon for a soldier convicted of manslaughter for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Chibok Girl Kidnapped By Boko Haram Rescued

NIGERIA POLITICS: Chibok Girl Kidnapped By Boko Haram Rescued

The troops had found Rakiya Abubkar wandering around near Algarno, a former Boko Haram stronghold, the spokesman said. She had six-month-old baby with her.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 2 Far-Right Azaria Supporters Arrested

ISRAEL POLITICS: 2 Far-Right Azaria Supporters Arrested

The judges found Sergeant Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter, and supporters have set up several Facebook pages urging Israel’s president to pardon him.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 70 Percent Eastern Mosul Liberated By Iraqi Forces From Islamic State Militants

IRAQ POLITICS: 70 Percent Eastern Mosul Liberated By Iraqi Forces From Islamic State Militants

Iraqi forces have retaken around 70 percent of eastern Mosul from Islamic State militants and expect to reach river bisecting the city in the coming days.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: US Senators Introduce Bill to Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

PALESTINE POLITICS: US Senators Introduce Bill to Recognize Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Dean Heller introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act after being sworn into the 115th Congress in Washington.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Sergeant Elor Azaria Unanimously Convicted Of Manslaughter

ISRAEL POLITICS: Sergeant Elor Azaria Unanimously Convicted Of Manslaughter

While Abd Elfatah Ashareef was incapacitate on the ground, “He deserves to die,” Sergeant Elor Azaria telling another soldier after pulling the trigger.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels Freeze Russian-Backed Peace Conference

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels Freeze Russian-Backed Peace Conference

Like previous Syria ceasefire deals, it has been shaky from the start, with repeated outbreaks of violence in some areas, but has largely held elsewhere.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”

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TURKEY POLITICS: Islamic State Claims Reina Nightclub Attack

TURKEY POLITICS: Islamic State Claims Reina Nightclub Attack

“Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will ignite a fire in their own land,” Islamic State said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: MEND Says Lost Confidence In Buhari Over Restive Niger Delta

NIGERIA POLITICS: MEND Says Lost Confidence In Buhari Over Restive Niger Delta

MEND backed Buhari in 2015 presidential election campaign and urged militants behind the recent spate of attacks to pursue peace talks with the government.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Shocking Istanbul Nightclub Attacks: 39 Dead!

TURKEY POLITICS: Shocking Istanbul Nightclub Attacks: 39 Dead!

Turkey News: 39 people were killed early New Year’s Day after a gunman opened fire inside Reina, a popular Istanbul nightclub, local officials said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Hoping to Sideline US With Syria Ceasefire

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Hoping to Sideline US With Syria Ceasefire

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin overseen a truce deal welcomed by all sides in the conflict that may lead to peace talks.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: ‘Kill, Slaughter, Abduct’: Shekau To His Fighters

NIGERIA POLITICS: ‘Kill, Slaughter, Abduct’: Shekau To His Fighters

In a video posted on YouTube, Abubakar Shekau announces: “I am here, well and alive” and that “the battle is just beginning.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Ten Years Since Execution of Saddam Hussein

IRAQ POLITICS: Ten Years Since Execution of Saddam Hussein

Ousted Iraqi Saddam Hussein was hanged inside one of his own regime’s former torture centres a decade ago on December 30, 2006.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Rivals Race Against Clock to Reach Deal On Kabila

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO POLITICS: Rivals Race Against Clock to Reach Deal On Kabila

Talks on a deal that would see Congo President Kabila step down next year continue to falter over naming of an interim prime minister, one negotiator said.

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INDIA POLITICS: China Blocks India’s Request For UN to Blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad Militant

INDIA POLITICS: China Blocks India’s Request For UN to Blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad Militant

India accused Jaish-e-Mohammad and its top leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, of masterminding several attacks, including a deadly assault on an Indian air base.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Congress Offers FARC Amnesty

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Congress Offers FARC Amnesty

Colombia’s Congress passed a law offering amnesty to Marxist guerrilla fighters accused of minor crimes in the country’s decades-long civil war.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul: Iraqi Forces New Offensive Against Islamic State Takes Center Stage

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul: Iraqi Forces New Offensive Against Islamic State Takes Center Stage

Iraqi security forces began second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts.

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SARAJEVO POLITICS: Dragan Vikic Indicted For War Crimes Against Serbs

SARAJEVO POLITICS: Dragan Vikic Indicted For War Crimes Against Serbs

Bosnian Serb forces, helped by the JNA, held Sarajevo under siege from April 1992 until December 1995 during which around 11,000 people died.

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