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    Syria army vows to retake control of SDF areas

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus | Updated at 12:00am on March 19, 2019

    Syrian government forces will reclaim control of northeastern areas controlled by the US-backed Kurds, whether by force or through reconciliation, the defence minister warned Monday.Marginalised...

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    Salman approved intervention against dissidents: NYT

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:00am on March 19, 2019

    More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence...

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    Iran will file legal case against US, says Rouhani

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:00am on March 19, 2019

    Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the government would file a legal case in Iran against US officials who imposed sanctions on the...

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    Israel depriving Palestinians of clean water: UN

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on March 19, 2019

    Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals ‘in an apparent act...

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    Israel warplanes launch dozens of Gaza strikes

    Agence France-Presse . Gaza City | Updated at 12:00am on March 16, 2019

    Israel said Friday its aircraft had struck dozens of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rockets from the Palestinian enclave, including...

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    Syria force boosted as IS holdout shrinks

    Agence France-Presse . Sousa | Updated at 12:00am on March 16, 2019

    US-backed forces consolidated their positions around the Islamic State group’s last redoubt in eastern Syria Friday as the country’s devastating conflict entered its ninth year...

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    KSA pursuing justice

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 12:00am on March 15, 2019

    The head of the Saudi human rights commission said on Thursday that the kingdom was bringing those accused over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi...

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    Saudi women activists on trial after detention

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:00am on March 15, 2019

    Ten Saudi women appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since being detained last year in a sweeping crackdown on activists, ratcheting up scrutiny...

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    Hundreds surrender in last Syria IS enclave

    Reuters . Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 12:00am on March 15, 2019

    Islamic State extremists accompanied by women and children surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces in their hundreds on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground to...

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    IS blitzed into surrender as defeat looms in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Baghouz, Syria | Updated at 12:47am on March 14, 2019

    US-backed forces said Wednesday the Islamic State group was living its ‘final moments’ after thunderous shelling on its last scrap of land in eastern Syria...