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    Syria aid groups in desperate plea for Idlib displaced

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 10:59pm on February 19, 2020

    Syrian aid workers issued an urgent call for a ceasefire and international help for nearly a million people fleeing a regime onslaught in the country’s...

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    Syria presses assault amid fears over mass displacement

    Agence France-Pressec . Beirut | Updated at 11:10pm on February 18, 2020

    Syrian troops pressed an offensive Tuesday on the country’s last major rebel enclave where the mass displacement of civilians is sparking fears of a humanitarian...

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    Turkey orders hundreds of arrests for Gulen links

    Agence-France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 11:04pm on February 18, 2020

    Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of hundreds of new suspects in connection with the network blamed for the failed 2016 coup, the official Anadolu news...

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    Taliban kill five Afghan soldiers

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 02:53am on February 18, 2020

    At least five Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their base in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as the country waits for an...

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    Syrian government forces consolidate grip around Aleppo

    Agence France-Presse . Maaret al-Naasane, Syria | Updated at 10:56pm on February 17, 2020

    Syrian regime forces made new gains Sunday in their offensive against the last major rebel bastion in the northwest, seizing villages and towns around second...

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    Qatar says talks stall with Saudi to defuse Gulf crisis

    Agence France-Presse . Doha | Updated at 01:21am on February 17, 2020

    Talks between Doha and Riyadh to resolve a two-year regional spat have stalled, Qatar’s foreign minister said, after a flurry of diplomacy late last year...

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    Saudi women smoke in public to ‘complete’ freedom

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 01:00am on February 17, 2020

    Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully, and seeing no one she recognises, drags on her electronic cigarette and...

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    Ongoing Libya violence deeply troubling: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Munich | Updated at 12:00am on February 17, 2020

    The situation in wartorn Libya is ‘deeply troubling’, a United Nations representative said Sunday, warning that a fragile truce was hanging ‘by a thread’ as...

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    Rocket attack hits near US embassy in Baghdad

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 11:59pm on February 16, 2020

    Multiple rockets hit an Iraqi base hosting American troops near the US embassy early Sunday, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets...

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    Air strikes kill 31 in Yemen

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:48pm on February 16, 2020

    Thirty-one people were killed in air strikes on Yemen Saturday, the United Nations said, the victims of an apparent Saudi-led retaliation after Iran-backed Huthi rebels...