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100 die in Syria, UN demands end to civilian targets – Middle East Affairs

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Hammuriyeh (Syria) (AFP) – The UN has demanded an end to the targeting of civilians in Syria after a heavy bombardment killed at least 100 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to be preparing for an imminent ground assault. The escalation came as pro-government forces were also expected to enter the northern […]

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Police name Netanyahu associates in Israeli corruption probe – Middle East Affairs

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The Israeli police have named the two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe. With a gag order lifted Tuesday, police identified them as Nir Hefetz, a former Netanyahu spokesman, and Shlomo Filber, the former director of the communications ministry under Netanyahu. The two are […]

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Top German diplomat: ‘We no longer recognize our America’

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By DAVID RISING, ASSOCIATED PRESS MUNICH — Feb 17, 2018, 9:55 AM ET The Associated Press German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, delivers a statements about the release of ‘Die Welt’ jo…

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Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017 – Middle East Affairs

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The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said that President Donald Trump, backed by a […]

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Turkey’s Syria offensive has little success, strains relations – Middle East Affairs

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Ankara (AFP) – Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria will enter a second month Tuesday having made little progress while straining relations with Washington and The European Union. Ankara on January 20 launched a cross-border air and ground operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) supporting Syrian rebels in the Afrin region. […]

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Gazans denounce visit by Qatari envoy – Middle East Affairs

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Palestinians on Monday protested against Qatari envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi during his visit to the Gaza Strip. The crowd closed in on the Qatari envoy as he concluded a press conference at the Dar Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, where he announced that Doha would donate $9 million in aid to address fuel and medicine shortages […]

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