Month: January 2018

Rocky start for Syria talks in Russia as delegates refuse to leave airport

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The talks, boycotted by the official opposition and Kurdish groups, were supposed to last two days, but were shortened to one

Source: Rocky start for Syria talks in Russia as delegates refuse to leave airport

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US must stop using Syria as a pawn

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Instead of counterproductive threats to keep US forces in Syria indefinitely, Americans should press Turkey to withdraw from Afrin

Source: US must stop using Syria as a pawn

Saudi Arabia closes Ritz detention centre but 56 remain in custody elsewhere

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The government has arranged to seize over $100bn in financial settlements with those detained, says attorney general

Source: Saudi Arabia closes Ritz detention centre but 56 remain in custody elsewhere

Turkey detains leadership of top medical group over Syria criticism

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Erdogan lashes doctors’ association as ‘a gang of unthinking slaves’ and ‘servants of imperialism’

Source: Turkey detains leadership of top medical group over Syria criticism

Trump asks Congress to cut aid to US ‘enemies’ who opposed Jerusalem recognition

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Democrats stay seated during ovation for Jerusalem move; president does not mention tearing up Iran deal, only ‘fixing flaws’

Source: Trump asks Congress to cut aid to US ‘enemies’ who opposed Jerusalem recognition

Pentagon Now Blocking Key Information About US War in Afghanistan

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The US Defense Department has refused to disclose information about the war in Afghanistan that has routinely been released since the war began in 2001, according to the internal government watchdog that administers those information releases.

Source: Pentagon Now Blocking Key Information About US War in Afghanistan