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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Launches Naval War Games

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Launches Naval War Games

Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran “on notice”.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria 18-Month Sentence Excessively Lenient: UN Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria 18-Month Sentence Excessively Lenient: UN Says

Sergeant Elor Azaria is the only member of the Israeli security forces to have been brought to trial for such a killing, she added.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Women Demand U.N. Talks Address Fate of Detainees

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Women Demand U.N. Talks Address Fate of Detainees

Staffan de Mistura, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, met them after seeing delegations from the Syrian government and opposition separately at the start of the first negotiations in nearly a year.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Security Forces Storm Mosul Airport

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Security Forces Storm Mosul Airport

U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on Thursday, state television said.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Pursue Intifada Against Israel’: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Palestinians

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Pursue Intifada Against Israel’: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Palestinians

“… by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: CIA Freezes Aid to Syrian Rebels

SYRIA POLITICS: CIA Freezes Aid to Syrian Rebels

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Sergeant Elor Azaria Gets 18 Months’ Jail For Killing Abd Elfatah Ashareef

ISRAEL POLITICS: Sergeant Elor Azaria Gets 18 Months’ Jail For Killing Abd Elfatah Ashareef

Passing an 18-month sentence, the court said Azaria, whom it demoted to the rank of private, had “taken upon himself to be both judge and executioner” and had not expressed regret for his crime.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria Trial Takes Center Stage

ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria Trial Takes Center Stage

Israeli court is expected to sentence Elor Azaria, a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker as he lay on the ground.

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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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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Netanyahu Secretly Met With Egypt, Jordan for Peace

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Netanyahu Secretly Met With Egypt, Jordan for Peace

Netanyahu again raised the possibility of what he described as a “regional approach” to Israeli-Palestinian peace at a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, who appeared to embrace the idea.

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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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SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

“Political transition” is a phrase understood by the opposition to mean a removal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad or at least an erosion of his powers.

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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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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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IRAN POLITICS: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Criticizes Hassan Rouhani On Economy

IRAN POLITICS: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Criticizes Hassan Rouhani On Economy

“I have asked the honorable president to advise his executive managers that management must take place with transparency and follow-up,” Khamenei said.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Iran Implementing Nuclear Deal’: UN Atomic Energy Watchdog

Iran is implementing the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog said.

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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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ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Netanyahu Opposes Palestinian State

ISRAEL POLITICS: Revealed! Netanyahu Opposes Palestinian State

Netanyahu has never explicitly abandoned his conditional support for a future Palestine, and his spokesman did not respond immediately to a request to comment on Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s remarks.

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