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Separating Terrorist, Opposition Key in Idlib Issue: Lavrov


SOCHI, Russia – The implementation of the Russian-Turkish memorandum on Idlib will make life easier for the citizens of the war-torn region of Syria, the head of Russian diplomacy said Tuesday. In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to transform Idlib into a demilitarized zone after a meeting between Turkish …

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UNRWA Inhibited By ‘Turmoil, Conflict, Resource Constraints’: New Report


NEW YORK – A new assessment of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East was published Tuesday by the Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN), finding that “overall, political turmoil, conflict, travel and trade restrictions, and resource constraints, have significantly inhibited UNRWA’s …

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Pakistan to Benefit from $6 Billion Bailout from IMF


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout of $6 billion. Financial aid is an attempt to help the country strengthen its economic slowdown, improve public finances and reduce debt, said the IMF in a statement released Sunday. The funding, which is …

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EU Rejects Iran’s 60-Day Ultimatum on JCPOA


TEHRAN – The EU has rejected Iran’s ultimatum to JCPOA, which calls on the bloc to keep its commitments on the nuclear deal in the next two months, otherwise Tehran would start suspending its part, MNA reported Thursday. “We reject all ultimatums and we will assess Iran’s compliance on the …

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Russian-Syrian Offensive in Northwest Syria Escalates


WASHINGTON – Syria and its ally, Russia, continued their offensive in Idlib Province and northern Hama Province on Thursday, in advance of talks on Syria to be held Friday in Geneva. Their assault targets areas of north-western Syria that had been declared a de-escalation zone in an agreement reached last …

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