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45 members of Syrian Constitutional Committee meet

GENEVA The first meeting on Monday of a 45-member body, tasked with drafting a new constitution for Syria, was “turned out in a positive way”, the co-chair of the opposition...

Russian airstrikes kill 3 civilians in Idlib, Syria

IDLIB, Syria  Three civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes on residential areas in the de-escalation zone of Idlib, Syria, the Syrian civil defense group White Helmets said on Wednesday. The agency...

Pakistan: Soleimani killing threatens regional peace

ANKARA   Pakistan on Friday expressed "deep concern" over the killing of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian elite Quds Force, in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. In a statement issued...

Iran: Coronavirus death toll rises to 3,739

ISTANBUL  Iran reported 136 more deaths from the novel coronavirus on Monday, pushing the death toll to 3,739, a health official said. Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said...

Iraq: Oil revenue falls over 50% in April

ISTANBUL Iraq's revenues from oil exports fell by over 50% in April due to the drastic drop in global oil prices, authorities said on Saturday. Baghdad exported over 103 million barrels...

Palestinian security pulls out of area B in Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, Palestine  Palestinian security forces have withdrawn from towns and villages in Jerusalem classified as Area B in the Oslo accords. According to witnesses, Palestinian forces left the northwestern towns of...

Anti-Netanyahu protests to lead to bloodshed: Minister

JERUSALEM Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana warned on Sunday that the ongoing protests across Israel against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may lead to "bloodshed".  Thousands of Israelis demonstrated against Netanyahu’s...

Turkey says determined to preserve Idlib de-escalation zone

ISTANBUL  Turkey is determined to preserve the de-escalation zone in Idlib, Syria despite the violations of cease-fire and the brutality of Assad regime, the country’s presidential spokesman said on Friday. Turkey’s...

Macron arrives in Iraq for talks on fight against Daesh

BAGHDAD French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad from Lebanon, according to an official source in the Iraqi presidency. Macron is scheduled to meet with Prime...

South Africa reacts to reports of plot to kill US envoy

JOHANNESBURG  South Africa’s State Security Agency said Monday it is looking into reports of an alleged plot to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks.   “The agency has noted the...

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Ganja victims of Armenian army attacks shelter in dorm

GANJA, Azerbaijan  The residents of Ganja are taking shelter at the local state university's dormitory after Armenian army shelled the residential areas in the city.   In...

Azerbaijani, Turkish diplomats discuss Upper Karabakh

BAKU, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan and Turkey discussed the latest developments and exchanged views Wednesday about the situation on the ground regarding clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to...

US says Russia, Iran aim to influence November election

WASHINGTON  The US said Wednesday that Russia and Iran were attempting to influence the Nov. 3 presidential election, accusing the latter of sending "spoofed emails"...

France pays tribute to teacher beheaded by extremist

PARIS, France  France paid homage Wednesday to Samuel Paty, a history teacher who was decapitated last week by an extremist in a suburb of the...

Turkish police conduct major anti-terror op in Istanbul

ISTANBUL Turkish police raided 21 homes in Istanbul and arrested a number of people with suspected links to the Daesh/ISIS terror group, security sources said...