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Russia strikes deal with Syrian Kurds to set up base

In agreement with Kurds, Russia to operate military base in Afrin and train YPG fighters in 'anti-terror' combat.

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Trump invites Egypt's Sisi to White House

US president to hold talks with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Washington on April 3.

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Israeli coalition crisis raises threat of snap polls

Israeli Prime Minister raises possibility of snap elections following dispute over a new national broadcasting service.

Benjamin Netanyahu

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Syria: Air raids on east Damascus after rebel assault

Fierce bombing follows Sunday's surprise rebel attack on government positions in the east of Syria's capital.

rebel assault

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Palestinians honour Rima Khalaf for apartheid report

Palestinian president hails UN official for 'courage' in publishing report accusing Israel of building apartheid state.

Rima Khalaf

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Erdogan turns Turkey's WWI event into political rally

Turkey's president assures supporters that he "will keep on standing firm" despite some European governments' actions.

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Clashes in Syria's Damascus after surprise rebel attack

Fierce clashes reported in eastern areas of the Syrian capital following ambush by rebel-aligned forces.

Damascus

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Focus on al-Nuri Mosque as residents flee Mosul

ISIL positions in city's west targeted as Iraqi troops close in on mosque from where Baghdadi declared his caliphate.

Baghdadi

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Thousands rally in Beirut against proposed tax hikes

The government says the increases are needed to avoid a $4bn budget deficit.

Beirut

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IOM: Attack on Somali refugees 'unacceptable'

Condemning deaths on boat off Yemeni port of Hodeidah, NGO official says civilian casualties could have been avoided.

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