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Palestinian unity deal on verge of collapse, says Hamas leader in Gaza

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, says a national reconciliation deal with the rival Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas seems to be collapsing.  Yahya al-Sinwar, the Hamas chief in the Gaza Strip, offered a bleak outlook of the unity agreement on Thursday, suggesting the deal could suffer a fate similar to numerous reconciliation attempts over ...

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Protests rock Iraq’s Kurdistan region for fourth consecutive day

Hundreds of angry protesters have faced off with security forces in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region, demanding the resignation of politicians accused of graft and corruption. Violent protests raged for a fourth day in several parts of Iraqi Kurdistan Thursday amid widespread anger over unpaid salaries and corruption. Police reinforcements deployed ...

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No reason for US troops to remain in Syria: Russian envoy

Russia’s special presidential envoy for Syria says there is no reason for US forces to remain in the Arab country which is nearing complete victory over terrorist groups. Alexander Lavrentiev stressed on Thursday that Washington’s pretext to keep troops in Syria is groundless. Lavrentiev made the remarks in the Kazakh capital, Astana, ...

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Eighth round of Syria peace talks starts in Kazakh capital

The eighth round of Syria peace talks mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, has kicked off in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana with the aim of finding a diplomatic solution to the six-year conflict in the Arab country. Delegations from Russia, Iran and Turkey, Syrian government representatives as well as a ...

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Suspected cholera cases in Yemen reach 1 million: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says the number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has hit one million amid the ongoing Saudi military campaign against the impoverished nation. The ICRC also said Thursday that more than 80 percent of the Yemeni population lacks food, fuel, clean ...

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