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Kurdish leaders reject Baghdad’s demand to cancel referendum results

Kurdish leaders have dismissed the Iraqi government’s demand that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) annul the results of last month’s independence referendum in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. During a meeting between KRG President Massoud Barzani, Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, the widow of deceased former Iraqi President ...

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UNICEF says future of 4.5 Yemeni schoolchildren at stake

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the future of up to 4.5 million schoolchildren in the war-torn Yemen is uncertain as thousands of teachers refuse to attend classes for not receiving their salaries during the past year. “The future of 4.5 million students hangs in ...

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Daesh terrorists quit Raqqah under US-backed deal

The US-backed alliance of militants, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), says last Daesh terrorists have been evacuated from their one-time bastion of Raqqah as part of an agreement.   “Last night, the final batch of fighters (who had agreed to leave) left the city,” SDF spokesman Mostafa Bali said on Sunday, not clarifying where ...

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Russian defense minister to visit Israel ‘soon’: Paper

Russia’s defense minister is to travel to Israel soon, with Iran and Syria expected to take center stage in talks between the two sides, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reports. Sergei Shoigu would be visiting later in the week to meet with Israeli minister for military affairs Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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UAE planned to attack Qatar with US-trained mercs: Ex-official

Qatar’s former deputy prime minister says the United Arab Emirates planned a military invasion of Qatar with thousands of US-trained mercenaries, but it failed to secure Washington’s support. Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah told the Spanish daily ABC earlier this week that the UAE hired a “Blackwater-linked” private security contractor to ...

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IRIB, Syria Information Ministry sign agreements

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and Syria’s Ministry of Information have signed a number of agreements on mutual cooperation. The documents were signed during a visit by Abdolali Ali-Asgari, the IRIB’s director general, to Syria, Iran’s Young Journalists Club news agency reported on Saturday. Ali-Asqari traveled to Syria ...

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Russia: Syria chemical probe seriously flawed

Russia says there are “serious problems” with an international investigation into an April chemical incident in Syria. Mikhail Ulyanov, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation and arms control department, made the remark at a briefing at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on Friday. The investigation, ...

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One student killed, 2 wounded in Istanbul gun attack

A man in Turkey has shot dead a female student and wounded two other students in a school in Istanbul. The 21-year-old attacker opened fire on the three students – two males and a female – near a school close to the Güzelyalı Train Station in the main city’s Pendik district on Friday. ...

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