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Syrian troops capture 14 villages from rebels

Syrian troops capture 14 villages from rebels Mon, 08 Jan, 2018

Syrian government forces captured 14 villages on Monday as they advance on the largest rebel-held enclave in the country's north amid a wave of airstrikes.
Egypt to hold presidential election March 26-28

Egypt to hold presidential election March 26-28 Mon, 08 Jan, 2018

Egypt will hold a presidential election on March 26-28, with the incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi widely expected to seek a second term in office.
Iran president goes all-in on reform push after unrest

Iran president goes all-in on reform push after unrest Mon, 08 Jan, 2018

President Hassan Rouhani went all-in on Monday with a push for greater civil liberties in the wake of the deadly unrest that rocked Iran in recent days.
Bahrain urges citizens against travel to Iran

Bahrain urges citizens against travel to Iran Tue, 02 Jan, 2018

The Gulf state of Bahrain on Monday called on its citizens not to travel to Iran "under any circumstances" because of street protests there.
Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families Sat, 16 Dec, 2017

Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem Sat, 16 Dec, 2017

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.
Coalition says fewer than 3,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria

Coalition says fewer than 3,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria Tue, 12 Dec, 2017

The United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State estimates that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, its spokesman said on Tuesday.
Yemen Huthis rally after killing strongman

Yemen Huthis rally after killing strongman Tue, 05 Dec, 2017

Thousands of Huthi supporters rallied in Sanaa on Tuesday as the rebels cemented their grip on the Yemeni capital after killing their former ally ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Rebel area near Damascus hit by heavy shelling despite two-day truce

Rebel area near Damascus hit by heavy shelling despite two-day truce Wed, 29 Nov, 2017

Dozens of mortar bombs landed on the last major rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, a war monitor and a witness said on Wednesday, despite a 48 hour truce proposed by Russia to coincide with the start of peace talks in Geneva.
Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since resigning as PM

Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since resigning as PM Tue, 21 Nov, 2017

Saad al-Hariri landed in Beirut on Tuesday, his media office said, returning home for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon's prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis,
Iran, Russia, Turkey leaders to hold Syria summit next week

Iran, Russia, Turkey leaders to hold Syria summit next week Thu, 16 Nov, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin will next week host Turkish and Iranian counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani for summit talks on Syria, officials from Turkey and Russia said Thursday.
UN braces for likely Russian veto of Syria gas attacks probe

UN braces for likely Russian veto of Syria gas attacks probe Thu, 16 Nov, 2017

The UN Security Council will vote Thursday on whether to extend an investigation to determine who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, with Russia expected to cast a veto.
Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 332

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 332 Mon, 13 Nov, 2017

At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.
Scores more Saudis detained in $100 billion corruption sweep

Scores more Saudis detained in $100 billion corruption sweep Thu, 09 Nov, 2017

Dozens more people have been taken into custody by Saudi authorities, the kingdom said Thursday, bringing to 201 the number detained in a sweep that investigators say has uncovered at least $100 billion in corruption.
Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US Tue, 07 Nov, 2017

Syria told the UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty.

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