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UN commission releases report on human rights situation in Syria from Jan-June, 1M Syrians displaced internally By Merve Aydogan ANKARA (BT) – Unprecedented levels of internal displacement took place in Syria this year, a UN commission said Wednesday. In a 24-page report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria highlighted the deteriorating human rights […]

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PLO office served as the de facto embassy for Palestine in Washington CAIRO (BT) – The Arab League on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to close the diplomatic mission of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, saying the move undermines the Palestinian cause. “Since the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel […]

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 Staffan de Mistura to meet senior officials from guarantor countries of Astana process on Sept. 10 GENEVA  – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday. Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian […]

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ADDS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT IN GRAFS 4-6 By Michael Hernandez WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump instructed his military brass to draw up plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, but agreed to keep them in the war-torn country for the short-term, according to multiple reports published Wednesday. No firm deadline has yet been set for […]

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 Warplanes target crowded market in Eastern Ghouta’s town of Kafr Batna By Mohamed Misto DAMASCUS (Burma Times) – At least 40 civilians were killed Friday and hundreds more injured when Syrian regime and Russian warplanes struck a crowded market in Eastern Ghouta, an opposition-held Damascus suburb. According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the town […]

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Two leaders reiterated their commitment to accelerate dialogue and cooperation By Ilkay Guder ANKARA  – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday spoke over the phone to discuss bilateral and Turkey-EU relations, and regional issues, according to diplomatic sources. During the conversation, Erdogan congratulated Merkel for being re-elected to a fourth […]

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A total of 1,083 Gazans were injured in protests against Trump’s decision By Nour Abu Aisha GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – Nineteen Palestinians have been martyred in the Gaza Strip since U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. In a statement on […]

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Troops deployed in Saudi Arabia only for kingdom’s internal security, foreign minister says By Islamuddin Sajid ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The army troops deployed in Saudi Arabia are providing military assistance for “internal security” purposes and they will not take part in the war in Yemen, Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s foreign minister, said Friday. Asif said the […]

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Known locally as ‘Bedoon’, Kuwait’s 96,000 stateless people lack citizenship and associated rights By Mohamed Abdul Ghaffar KUWAIT CITY (AA) – Kuwait’s National Assembly (parliament) on Tuesday approved the second reading of a draft legislation that would, if passed, allow “stateless people” — i.e., residents of Kuwait who do not have citizenship — to serve […]

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Haji Khalil village also liberated during Operation Olive Branch By Adham Khako AFRIN/ANKARA (AA) – The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Sunday liberated a village from YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists and took control of a town center during Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region. The village of Haji Khalil in Rajo, […]

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