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  • Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul on Sunday for return to their country. Sirte was a stronghold for Islamic State from 2015-2016, when Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes ousted the ultra-hardline group. Hundreds
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    Published on 08-20-17
    8 hours ago
  • The port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon wants the world to know it's ready for business.   British safety managers are training local hires to operate heavy machinery and Chinese technicians are running diagnostics on two new container cranes that tower over the harbor, just 28 kilometers (18 miles) from the Syrian border.   After six years of civil war
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    Published on 08-20-17
    9 hours ago
  • A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians are still waiting for a "clear vision" from the United States on resuming peace talks with Israel as President Donald Trump's envoys are set to visit. Nabil Abu Rdeneh says Abbas "wants clarity" on the two-state solution, the cornerstone of international diplomatic efforts for the past two decades. Trump's adviser
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    Published on 08-20-17
    13 hours ago
  • Three Lebanese soldiers were killed during an offensive to take back areas along the Syrian border from Islamic State, the military said Sunday. A landmine exploded under one of the advancing armored vehicles of the army a day after it launched its biggest military operation yet against IS. "An army vehicle was hit by a landmine on the al-Ajsa road
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    Published on 08-20-17
    17 hours ago
  • Iraq's Kurds may consider the possibility of postponing a planned Sept. 25 referendum on independence in return for financial and political concessions from the central government in Baghdad, a senior Kurdish official said. A Kurdish delegation is visiting Baghdad to sound out proposals from Iraqi leaders that might convince the Kurds to postpone the vote, according to Mala Bakhtiar, executive
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    Published on 08-20-17
    18 hours ago
  • Internal strains afflicting both sides in Yemen's conflict have deepened, as the U.N. warned that the failure of the country's political elites to settle their differences has prolonged the suffering of millions already beset by famine and disease. In a briefing on Sunday, U.N. envoy to Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the intractable two-year-old conflict was exposing ordinary people to
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    Published on 08-20-17
    20 hours ago
  • The Turkish judge sits in a busy cafe in a big German city. Thirteen months ago, he was a respected public servant in his homeland. Now he is heartbroken and angry over the nightmarish turn of events that brought him here.   The day after a 2016 coup attempt shook Turkey, he was blacklisted along with thousands of other judges
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    Published on 08-20-17
    20 hours ago
  • Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years.   Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said lawmakers approved 16 of 17 proposed ministers, among them Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with 236 votes, and Oil Minister Began Zingano with 230
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    Published on 08-20-17
    21 hours ago
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that while his country had foiled Western designs to topple him, his army had not defeated insurgents and the fight was continuing. In a televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after six-and-a-half years of civil war, the "battle continues, and where we go later and it becomes
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    Published on 08-20-17
    22 hours ago
  • Despite being seven months pregnant, Mesno Taha left her home in Harerge, Ethiopia to find peace and a better future. She trekked to the Somali zone of Ethiopia, crossed the border into Somalia and paid to board a boat bound for Yemen. After traveling 18 hours at sea, she ended up near the shore of the war-torn country. Taha said
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    Published on 08-20-17
    24 hours ago