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Global Internet Freedom Declines for Eighth Consecutive Year

Freedom House

WASHINGTON – Freedom House report finds more and more countries are cracking down online, Internet freedom around the world has declined for the eighth consecutive year, raising fears that state censorship online is becoming the norm rather than the exception, the Week reported Friday. The website says that a new …

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UN Envoy for Syria to Hold Talks with Iran, Russia, Turkey

UN envoy

NEW YORK – The UN envoy for Syria Stefan De Mistura is seeking meetings with Iran, Russia and Turkey as guarantors of Astana peace talks, IRNA reported Wednesday quoting, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General Stéphane. According to IRNA News, ‘The Special Envoy looks forward to hosting within the context …

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Clash Symptoms Between Russia and US Plans on Syria

Russian and US

LONDON – A High-level meeting which aims at discussing the Syrian crisis are expected this week, among signs of a possible clash between two separate Russian and US plans for a political solution in the country, ASHARQ Al ASWAT reported Thursday. According to “ASHARQ AL ASWAT” website, Moscow’s primal focus …

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Syria Did Not and will Not Use Chemical Weapons: Minister


DAMASCUS – Syrian Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Faisal Mikdad, stressed that Syria did not and will not use chemical weapons and it adheres to achieving international peace and security despite the threats from terrorist organizations and their backers, SANA news reported Tuesday. The high-ranking Syrian official made the …

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Istanbul Summit Aims to Decrease New Humanitarian Disaster

Istanbul Summit

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to attend a critical four-way summit on Syria in Istanbul next Saturday, Arab News said Monday. According to Reuters, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said Paris wanted to ensure …

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ISIL Forced to Surrender Last Positions in Sweida Desert


DAMASCUS – ISIL militants, trapped in the Eastern desert of Sweida, have been force to release several abducted civilians and surrender their last positions in Toloul al-Safa rugged terrain to the Syria Army, Fars News reported Saturday. According to “Sputnik” well-informed sources disclosed, that the ISIL was forced to agree …

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German Lawmakers Extend Involvement in Int’l Anti-Daesh Coalition


BERLIN – The Bundestag, the German parliament, on Thursday voted to prolong the involvement of the Federal Defense Forces, or the Bundeswehr, in the activities of the international US-led coalition fighting the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria until October 31, 2019, Sputnik said on Friday. In early October, …

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Evacuation of Arms from Idlib Opens the Door to Peace Process


IDLIB – The significance of the pull-out of heavy arms by radical groups operating in Idlib cannot be overestimated, Fuad Eliko, member of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces said, Sputnik reported Thursday. Eliko said, the decision to withdraw heavy weapons from Idlib has opened the door …

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“Success against Militants is no Cause for Complacency”: Gen. Dunford

Gen. Joseph

WASHINGTON – US military chief Gen. Joseph Dunford urged world political leaders not to prematurely relieve their pressure on violent extremists as doing so would allow them to escape and regroup, Dawn News reported Wednesday. Earlier on Tuesday, Gen Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, opened …

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Syrian Kurdish Forces Hold 900 ISIS Militants


QAMISHLI, Syria – Syrian Kurdish forces battling ISIS hold around 900 of the terrorist organization’s foreign militants, a spokesman said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure, Asharq Al-awsat reported. In lengthy battles against ISIS, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have rounded up thousands of alleged ISIS …

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