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    New Yemen ‘mercy flight’ arrives in Jordan

    Agence-France-Presse  . Amman | Updated at 10:14pm on February 09, 2020

    A second medical evacuation flight carrying 24 critically ill Yemenis from the rebel-held capital Sanaa arrived in Jordan on Saturday, an AFP photographer said. The...

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    Syria army overruns Idlib crossroads town despite Turkey warnings

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus | Updated at 10:47pm on February 08, 2020

    The Syrian army took control of the strategic northwestern crossroads town of Saraqeb on Saturday in the latest gain of a weeks-long offensive against the...

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    Iran must become strong to end enemy threat: Khamenei

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:41pm on February 08, 2020

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that the Islamic republic must become strong enough to ward off the ‘enemy’s threats’ and prevent a...

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    Nearly 550 killed in Iraq protest violence

    Agence France-Presse . Baghdad | Updated at 02:41pm on February 08, 2020

    Nearly 550 Iraqis have been killed in protest-related violence since unprecedented anti-government demonstrations erupted in the capital and southern cities in October, the Iraqi Human...

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    Russia accuses Israel of endangering civilian flight

    Agence-France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 11:03pm on February 07, 2020

    The Russian army on Friday accused Israel of using a civilian plane carrying 172 passengers as a shield against Syrian anti-aircraft fire while carrying out...

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    Trump confirms killing of AQAP chief in Yemen

    Agence-France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:02pm on February 07, 2020

    President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that the US had killed the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — days after the jihadist group claimed...

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    Turkey bolsters outposts in Idlib

    Agence France-Presse . Ankara | Updated at 11:01pm on February 07, 2020

    Turkey has sent nearly 150 vehicles with commandos and ammunition to reinforce its observation posts in Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held region, Turkish state news agency...

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    Turkey urges Russia to halt regime attacks in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Istanbul | Updated at 12:05am on February 07, 2020

    Turkey urged Russia on Thursday to press for an end to the Syrian offensive in the last rebel bastion of Idlib after a deadly flare-up...

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    Russia blocks UN resolution on Libya

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 11:54pm on February 06, 2020

    Russia on Wednesday blocked a UN draft resolution on Libya due to inclusion of the word ‘mercenary’ in the text, diplomats said, casting doubt that...

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    Iraq protesters defiant as 7 killed in violence

    Agence France-Presse . Najaf | Updated at 11:53pm on February 06, 2020

    Iraqi anti-government protesters Thursday vowed to push on with their wave off rallies as they buried seven fellow activists killed overnight in violence blamed on...