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SYRIA POLITICS: Trump Abandons Regime Change in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Trump Abandons Regime Change in Syria

“Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations stressed.

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BAHRAIN POLITICS: Trump Wants to Lift Conditions On Human Rights For F-16 Sales to Bahrain

BAHRAIN POLITICS: Trump Wants to Lift Conditions On Human Rights For F-16 Sales to Bahrain

Donald Trump’s administration notified US Congress it intends to waive human rights conditions placed on sale of Lockheed Martin fighter jets to Bahrain.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Battle Toward Landmark Mosul Mosque

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Forces Battle Toward Landmark Mosul Mosque

“My initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties,” Townsend, the senior coalition commander in Iraq, told a Pentagon news briefing.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Police Officers Kill Palestinian Woman Who Tried to Stab Them

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Police Officers Kill Palestinian Woman Who Tried to Stab Them

“Police responded to a life-threatening situation and the female terrorist was shot dead at the scene,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab Leaders Reaffirm Support for Palestinian State

PALESTINE POLITICS: Arab Leaders Reaffirm Support for Palestinian State

“The Israeli government has since 2009 worked on wrecking the two-state solution by accelerating the tempo of settlements and the confiscation of land,” Abbas told the leaders.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Deal to Evacuate Shi’ites, Sunnis

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Deal to Evacuate Shi’ites, Sunnis

“This is a demographic change on a sectarian basis,” said Rami Abdulrahman, Observatory director, calling it the biggest population swap agreement of its type. “There is great discontent over the agreement in Madaya,” he said.

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IRAN POLITICS: 15 US Companies Sanctioned By Iran, List May Expand

IRAN POLITICS: 15 US Companies Sanctioned By Iran, List May Expand

Iran has announced retaliatory sanctions on 15 American companies over their support for Israeli crimes and terrorism two days after Washington imposed bans on nearly a dozen foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic Republic.

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JORDAN POLITICS: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Biography

JORDAN POLITICS: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Biography

Princess Haya, born 3 May 1974, has strong humanitarian presence on local and international levels. Read Princess Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Biography.

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JORDAN POLITICS: Princess Haya Calls For Political Solution to Solve Middle East ‘Chaos’

JORDAN POLITICS: Princess Haya Calls For Political Solution to Solve Middle East ‘Chaos’

The Princess of Jordan and wife of Dubai’s Emir says the Middle East is in chaos and a political solution is needed to respond to the global refugee crisis. In an interview with Lateline, Princess Haya said the war in

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels Resume Withdrawal From Last Homs Bastion

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels Resume Withdrawal From Last Homs Bastion

Syria Rebels News: Between 10,000-15,000 rebels and civilians were expected to leave in weekly batches, the Observatory and opposition activists have said.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: China to Set Up Hunter-Killer Aerial Drones Factory in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: China to Set Up Hunter-Killer Aerial Drones Factory in Saudi Arabia

Beijing sold more than three dozen of its then-advanced, nuclear-capable, intermediate-range DF-3A ballistic missiles to Saudi Arabia in 1988 at a cost of US$3.5 billion.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 200 Civilians Killed By US-Led Forces in Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: 200 Civilians Killed By US-Led Forces in Mosul

Iraq War: American confirmation followed a decision by Iraqi government forces to pause their drive to recapture west Mosul.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul War: Civilian Casualties Increase

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul War: Civilian Casualties Increase

Mosul War Report Updates: “We are stunned by this terrible loss of life,” Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters: “Settlements need to be stopped, not only because they are illegal, but they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Eastern Mosul Coming Back to Life

IRAQ POLITICS: Eastern Mosul Coming Back to Life

Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Aid Convoys Enter Mosul, Bringing Relief, Suspicion

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Aid Convoys Enter Mosul, Bringing Relief, Suspicion

The trucks carrying food, water and blankets from Shi’ite cities in southern Iraq are welcomed by hungry and war-weary residents of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major Iraqi stronghold.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Underplayed Losses in Recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Underplayed Losses in Recapture of Syria’s Palmyra

Out of the 18 dead, at least 10 were killed in the region of Palmyra, which Islamic State fighters seized in December for a second time in a year – a major reversal for Syrian government forces and their Russian backers.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Iran Sends Advanced Weapons, Military Advisers to Yemen’s Rebel Houthi Movement

YEMEN POLITICS: Iran Sends Advanced Weapons, Military Advisers to Yemen’s Rebel Houthi Movement

Iranian official said Major General Qassem Soleimani says, “Winning the battle in Yemen will help define the balance of power in the Middle East.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Issues Scathing Report On Israeli Abuses, US Furious

ISRAEL POLITICS: UN Issues Scathing Report On Israeli Abuses, US Furious

hael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, charged Israel with “the subjugation of humanity” in Palestine and intensifying a crackdown on human rights campaigners.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqis Pouring Out of Mosul Find No Shelter At Crowded Camps

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqis Pouring Out of Mosul Find No Shelter At Crowded Camps

“We tried at Hammam al-Alil camp,” about 35 km (22 miles) south of Mosul, the 50-year-old said. “It was full.”

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