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UN-backed Syria talks restart after 10-month hiatus

UN-brokered Syria peace talks restart in Geneva on Thursday after a 10-month hiatus that has seen the opposition weakened and political upheaval in the foreign powers shaping the conflict.

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US backs political solution in Syria claim allies

US allies said they had won assurances Friday from new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Washington backed a political solution to the Syria conflict, ahead of UN-led peace talks.

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Russia using Iranian airspace for Syria strikes

Russian warplanes are using Iran’s airspace to carry out airstrikes in Syria, an Iranian official said Saturday.

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OPEC countries complying ‘almost fully’ with output cut

OPEC countries are largely complying with a landmark deal to reduce the global oil glut, the IEA said Friday, as it predicted that oil demand was likely to be more vigorous than … Read More

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Abadi to Trump: Remove Iraq from travel ban list

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked US President Donald Trump in a phone call to remove his country from a contentious travel ban list, a statement said on Friday.

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Trump: We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism

President Donald Trump vowed Monday that America and its allies would defeat the “forces of death” and keep radical jihadists from gaining a foothold on US soil, but did not offer details about … Read More

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IS ‘completely besieged’ in Syria’s Al-Bab

The Islamic State group was “completely besieged” in Al-Bab after forces loyal to Syria’s regime cut off a road into the jihadists’ last major stronghold in Aleppo province, a monitor said Monday.

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Turkey locks up some 400 IS suspects

Turkish police on Sunday detained hundreds of suspected members of the Islamic State extremist group in nationwide raids, just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the jihadists.Read More

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US-backed Syrian forces launch next phase to defeat IS in Raqa

US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters announced on Saturday a new phase in their campaign for the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqa, but said they needed more weapons Read More

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Iran defies US sanctions to hold another missile test

Iran is to deploy missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercise Saturday in a show of defiance a day after the United States imposed sanctions over a ballistic missile test launch last Read More