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Iraq, Syria Working on Joint Railway Project with Iran

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TEHRAN – Syria and Iraq have discussed the establishment of rail connections with each other and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian media reported on Tuesday. The issue came up for discussion in a meeting of the Iraqi-Syrian Joint Commission. Head of Iraq’s National Railway Company Taleb al-Husseini said talks …

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United States Criticized at UN for Recognizing Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan

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NEW YORK – The United States has been sharply criticized by 14 other UN Security Council members for their decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in violation of international law, Aljazeera reported Thursday. The Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of Syria, which in a …

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More Children Killed By Dirty Water, Than Bullets: UNICEF Chief

more children killed by unsafe water than war

UNITED NATIONS – Children under five who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence as a result of war, according to UNICEF. Analyzing mortality data from 16 countries beset by long-term conflict – including Afghanistan, …

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Russia Criticizes Trump’s Commentary on the Golan Heights

Golan Heights

MOSCOW – A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday that the US president’s statement about the occupied Golan Heights is a direct violation of UN resolutions. Speaking on US President Donald Trump’s message “to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty on the Golan Heights”, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “Russia’s position …

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Mike Pompeo in Kuwait will Sign “Several Agreements”

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WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday to sign security, defense and trade agreements, The National reported Wednesday. Khaled Al Jarallah, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, told the official Kuwaiti news agency, that he hopes the talks will help promote the strategic …

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More Than 60,000 People Have Fled the Last Enclave of ISIS Syria-SDF

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BAGHOUZ, Syria – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday that more than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have invaded ISIS’s latest enclave in the country, Reuters reported Monday. SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel told reporters that 29,600 people, the majority of whom were families of ISIS fighters, had been …

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Iraq, Iran and Syria’s Military Chiefs to Hold Damascus Meeting on ‘Terrorism’

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BAGHDAD – Iraq’s defense ministry said on Monday that a military meeting between officials from Iran, Iraq and Syria will take place in Syria to strengthen security co-operation, The National reported Monday. The tripartite convention is expected to focus on countering terrorism and sustaining stability in the region, the ministry …

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Int’l Donors in Brussels Hope to Gather $9 Bln for Syrian Refugees

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BRUSSEL, Belgium – International donors are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to gather $9 billion to help Syrian refugees, who have been uprooted from their country by its bloody war, Asharq Al Awsat reported Thursday. The conference should not only be a fund raising exercise. It must be accompanied by …

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Syria: Thousands of ISIS Soldiers Surrender to Attack on Last Stronghold

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DAMASCUS, Syria – More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered in a fierce battle waged by US-backed forces to retake ISIS’s last stronghold in Syria, CNN reported Wednesday. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Tuesday night that the number of ISIS operatives who had laid down their …

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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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