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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Army Advance in Northeastern Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Army Advance in Northeastern Mosul

Iraqi forces recaptured most of eastern Mosul in a 3-month old U.S.-backed offensive to drive Islamic State out of its last major stronghold in the country.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

Russia, Assad set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo.

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ISREAL POLITICS: Palestinians, Israel Warned Against Taking Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace

ISREAL POLITICS: Palestinians, Israel Warned Against Taking Unilateral Measures Harmful to Peace

Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned they would not recognize any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Fight Islamic State At Mosul University, Take Areas Along Tigris

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Fight Islamic State At Mosul University, Take Areas Along Tigris

Iraqi special forces drove Islamic State militants in Mosul University campus while elite police units took over large areas along the Tigris river.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Says US Embassy Move in Israel to Jerusalem Bad For Peace

PALESTINE POLITICS: Abbas Says US Embassy Move in Israel to Jerusalem Bad For Peace

“We are waiting to see if it happens. If it does, it will not help peace and we hope it does not happen,” Palestinian President Mahmoud told reporters.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Advances Towards Damaged Damascus Water Source

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Advances Towards Damaged Damascus Water Source

The army and the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militia Hezbollah gained complete control of the town of Baseimah, taking them close to Ain al-Fija where the water springs are located.

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IRAN POLITICS: Revolutionary Guards Entrench Their Power

IRAN POLITICS: Revolutionary Guards Entrench Their Power

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards look set to entrench their power and shift the country to more hardline, isolationist policies for years to come.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Will Visit Paris

PALESTINE POLITICS: Mahmoud Abbas Will Visit Paris

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will visit Paris “in the coming weeks” for bilateral talks, an official at the French president’s office said.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Obama Says Israeli Settlements Making Two-State Solution Impossible

ISRAEL POLITICS: Obama Says Israeli Settlements Making Two-State Solution Impossible

Some 570,000 Israelis now live in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem, together home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.

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LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says Ties With Saudi Arabia Recovering

LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says Ties With Saudi Arabia Recovering

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, ally Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, visited Saudi Arabia to mend relations with Sunni Muslim monarchy.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Advance in Mosul, Civilian Deaths Increase: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Advance in Mosul, Civilian Deaths Increase: UN

United Nations said civilian casualties had streamed into nearby hospitals in the last two weeks as fighting intensified in the jihadist militia’s last major stronghold in Iraq.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Peace Talks: Assad to Negotiate Everything

SYRIA POLITICS: Peace Talks: Assad to Negotiate Everything

Assad: “Who will be there from the other side? Will it be a real Syrian opposition? If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Tried to Negotiate Good Press in Return For Benefits

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Tried to Negotiate Good Press in Return For Benefits

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under police investigation for suspected corruption, was caught on tape negotiating mutual benefits with arch-foe.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Damascus Water

SYRIA POLITICS: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Damascus Water

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes began on Sunday morning, after a lull since Saturday morning during which a new round of negotiations over repairs took place.

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IRAN POLITICS: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Passes Away

IRAN POLITICS: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Passes Away

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in hospital in Tehran where he was taken after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman Readies Strategy if Clerics Oppose Reforms

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman Readies Strategy if Clerics Oppose Reforms

Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he believed only a small percentage of the kingdom’s clerics were too dogmatic to be reasoned with.

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YEMEN POLITICS: 4 Yemeni Detainees Transferred From Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

YEMEN POLITICS: 4 Yemeni Detainees Transferred From Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni detainees were identified as Mohammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanem, Salem Ahmed Hadi bin Kanad, Abdullah Yehya Yousef al-Shibli and Mohammed Bawazir.

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JORDAN POLITICS: Jordanian Official Warns Trump of ‘Catastrophic’ Repercussions Moving US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem

JORDAN POLITICS: Jordanian Official Warns Trump of ‘Catastrophic’ Repercussions Moving US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem

Information Minister Mohammed Momani said that such a move would be a “red line” for Jordan and would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets.”

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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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