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Asian oil firms playing important role in post-sanctions Iran

About a year ago, the Iran nuclear deal — officially known as the Joint Com­prehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — was formally implemented. JCPOA was received by Iranians with hope of … Read More

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Denmark grants soldiers permission to fight IS in Syria

Danish troops fighting in Iraq will now be able to cross into Syria as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group, officials said on Friday.

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Trump invites Israel PM to next month talks

US President Donald Trump on Sunday discussed Iran with Benjamin Netanyahu and invited the Israeli prime minister to visit the White House early next month.

The two leaders spoke by telephone and … Read More

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Syria rebels arrive in Kazakhstan for talks

Members of the Syrian opposition delegation arrived Sunday in the Kazakh capital Astana for face-to-face peace talks with the war-torn nation’s government.

The talks, set to begin on Monday, will be the first … Read More

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Warring Syrians set for first face-to-face at Astana

Syria’s government and rebel fighters will on Monday sit down at the negotiating table for the first time in nearly six years of war, the latest diplomatic push to end hostilities.

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Turkey concedes including Assad in Syria talks

A senior Turkish official said Friday it was no longer “realistic” to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict excluding President Bashar al-Assad, just three days before new peace talks.

Turkey acknowledged … Read More

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More than 40 jihadists killed in north Syria air strikes

More than 40 fighters of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria late on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

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US-led coalition warplanes hit IS near Syria’s Al-Bab

The US-led coalition has conducted four strikes near the Syrian town of Al-Bab, a significant move that will help Turkish forces fighting the Islamic State group there, a US official said Tuesday.… Read More

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Iraq forces retake IS-bombed shrine in Mosul

Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul on Monday retook an area where the jihadists levelled one of the city’s most well-known shrines in 2014, officials said.

“We retook control of … Read More