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Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats

Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

The European Commission said on Thursday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad had suspended special visas for European Union diplomats to Damascus.
Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria

Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria Wed, 23 Jan, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Wednesday to coordinate their moves in Syria as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.
Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran

Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran Mon, 21 Jan, 2019

 Israel struck in Syria early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action.
Germany bans Iranian airline on suspicion of spying, terror

Germany bans Iranian airline on suspicion of spying, terror Mon, 21 Jan, 2019

Berlin has revoked Iranian airline Mahan's right to operate in Germany, a senior government source told Reuters on Monday, giving both safety concerns and the suspicion that the airline was being used for military purposes as reasons.
Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida despite truce

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida despite truce Sat, 12 Jan, 2019

Clashes erupted between Huthi rebels and government forces in Yemen's flashpoint port city of Hodeida on Saturday, dealing a new blow to a fragile truce, an AFP correspondent reported.
Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada

Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada Sat, 12 Jan, 2019

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to Toronto.

U.N. rights office says Saudi trial in Khashoggi case 'not sufficient'

U.N. rights office says Saudi trial in Khashoggi case 'not sufficient' Fri, 04 Jan, 2019

The United Nations human rights office said on Friday it could not assess the fairness of a trial taking place in Saudi Arabia related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but that in any case it was "not sufficient".
Sydney, Hong Kong kick off 2019 parties with dazzling fireworks

Sydney, Hong Kong kick off 2019 parties with dazzling fireworks Tue, 01 Jan, 2019

Sydney and Hong Kong put on stunning fireworks displays to welcome to the New Year, among the first in a wave of celebrations for billions around the world.
Turkey vows no slowdown in fight against IS after U.S. pullout from Syria

Turkey vows no slowdown in fight against IS after U.S. pullout from Syria Tue, 25 Dec, 2018

Turkey vowed on Monday that the fight against Islamic State would not be slowed by the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, where Ankara-backed rebels reinforced their positions around the potential flashpoint town of Manbij.
Hamas rejects Abbas plan to dissolve Palestinian parliament

Hamas rejects Abbas plan to dissolve Palestinian parliament Sun, 23 Dec, 2018

Hamas on Sunday denounced Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's plan to dissolve the largely defunct Palestinian parliament that it controls, calling it a move to "serve his partisan interests".
Head of UN monitors arrives in Yemen's rebel-held Sanaa

Head of UN monitors arrives in Yemen's rebel-held Sanaa Sun, 23 Dec, 2018

The head of the UN team tasked with monitoring a fragile ceasefire in Yemen's port city of Hodeida arrived in the rebel-held capital Sanaa on Sunday.
Syrian rebels say U.S. troops remain in key garrison near Iraq

Syrian rebels say U.S. troops remain in key garrison near Iraq Sun, 23 Dec, 2018

U.S. troops have not left the strategic Tanf garrison on the Iraq-Jordan border following President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of Syria, the leader of a Pentagon-backed rebel group there said on Saturday.
Turkey says nearly 300,000 Syrians return home after military operations

Turkey says nearly 300,000 Syrians return home after military operations Sat, 22 Dec, 2018

 Nearly 300,000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkey's two cross-border operations in northern Syria, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Abbas says he will dissolve Palestinian parliament

Abbas says he will dissolve Palestinian parliament Sat, 22 Dec, 2018

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Saturday he intended to dissolve the largely defunct Palestinian parliament controlled by his rivals Hamas following a court decision ordering the move.
EU urges Turkey to refrain from 'unilateral' Syria move

EU urges Turkey to refrain from 'unilateral' Syria move Sun, 16 Dec, 2018

The European Union's foreign policy chief on Saturday asked Turkey to forgo any unilateral military action in Syria, where Ankara has threatened a fresh offensive against a US-backed Kurdish militia.
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