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    Russia, Turkey, Iran hold talks on Syria cooperation

    Agence France-Presse . Sochi/ Syria | Updated at 12:00am on February 15, 2019

    The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met for talks Thursday on how to work more closely together in Syria as Washington prepares to withdraw...

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    IS defend last Syria redoubt, as family members flee

    Agence France-Presse . Near Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 03:49pm on February 14, 2019

    Jihadist fighters made a desperate last stand in eastern Syria on Wednesday, while their wives and children fled the final, blood-soaked implosion of their ‘caliphate’....

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    Saudi crown prince to visit Indonesia next week

    Agence France-Presse . Jakarta | Updated at 01:25pm on February 14, 2019

    Indonesia will host Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for a state visit next week, Jakarta said Thursday, part of an Asian tour that...

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    27 Iran revolutionary guards killed in suicide bombing

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 10:29am on February 14, 2019

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States and its regional allies on Thursday for a suicide bombing in southeastern Iran that killed 27 members...

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    Not worth talking to US, be careful with Europeans, says Khamenei

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 06:43pm on February 13, 2019

    Iran can only lose by negotiating with the United States and must be careful to limit any dealings with some ‘untrustworthy’ European states, the Islamic...

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    Hundreds flee US-backed Syria battle for last IS holdout

    Agence France-Presse . Near Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on February 13, 2019

    US-backed forces pressed the battle to expel diehard jihadists from the last pocket of land under their control in eastern Syria on Tuesday after hundreds...

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    Netanyahu vows to freeze Palestinian funds

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem | Updated at 12:00am on February 12, 2019

    Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is campaigning for re-election, vowed Sunday to freeze money transfers by Israel to the Palestinian Authority after a deadly Palestinian...

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    Iran vaunts military, taunts US as revolution turns 40

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 07:20pm on February 11, 2019

    Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned US flags on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,...

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    Riyadh knows nothing about Khashoggi’s body

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:13pm on February 11, 2019

    Riyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official...

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    ‘Heavy clashes’ as US-backed forces make final push against IS

    Agence France-Presse . Hasakeh, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on February 11, 2019

    US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group’s ‘caliphate’ in eastern...