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    Conservatives ahead as Iran polls results trickle in

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 01:42am on February 23, 2020

    Conservatives appeared to be in the lead as the first results of Iran’s parliamentary election came in Saturday, amid expectations of a low turnout after...

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    10,000 casualties in Afghan war in 2019: UN

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 12:01am on February 23, 2020

    More than 10,000 civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan’s war last year, the United Nations announced Saturday, as a historic partial truce kicked in...

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    Erdogan urges Putin to restrain Syria regime

    Agence France-Presse . Ankara | Updated at 11:58pm on February 22, 2020

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to halt the Syrian regime’s offensive in northwest Syria as France called...

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    Watchdog sanctions Iran over lax terror financing

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:56pm on February 22, 2020

    A multinational financial crimes watchdog on Friday faulted Iran for not doing enough to counter a ‘terrorist financing risk’ and announced the reinstatement of punitive...

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    31 including 19 children killed in Yemen strikes

    Agence France-Presse . Sanaa | Updated at 09:51pm on February 20, 2020

    Nineteen children were among at least 31 civilians killed in air strikes on rebel-held northern Yemen last week, the United Nations said on Thursday. ‘UNICEF...

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    UN appeals to Turkey to take in more Syria refugees

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 09:50pm on February 20, 2020

    The UN refugee agency on Thursday appealed to Turkey to take in more refugees from Syria, as hundreds of thousands flee the regime’s brutal assault...

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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...