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Despite having 20,005 deaths from the Covid-19 illness, the Middle East has been relatively lightly hit by the virus, which has killed over half a million people across the globe.

A number of security forces will take part in a new military campaign against Islamic State sleeper cells in the oil-rich Kirkuk governorate, Iraqi authorities confirmed on Saturday.

Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

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Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

"Those who do not take a step against Islamophobia in their own countries ... attack Turkey's will to use its sovereign rights," Erdogan said.

Tunisian families battle to repatriate children of jihadists

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Tunisian families battle to repatriate children of jihadists

Tunisians have constituted one of the largest groups of foreign jihadists in Syria, Iraq and Libya since 2011.

Saudi newspaper prints full-page denial of China's Uighur persecution

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Saudi newspaper prints full-page denial of China's Uighur persecution

A Saudi semi-official news outlet Okaz is facing criticism after publishing a column by a Chinese envoy denying the allegations that his country ...

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UN restarts aid to Syria but shuts access point

Following a week of division and seven ballots, the Council passed a proposal submitted by Germany and Belgium allowing the use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for one year.

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UN to vote on reduced extension of Syria aid

Saturday's vote will be on a new draft text submitted overnight by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into ...

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More coronavirus cases reported in Syria's Idlib

The enclave is currently under threat of losing crucial humanitarian aid access.

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Dozens of pro-Iran fighters killed in unidentified Syria strike

Unidentified air raids on Friday killed at least 35 pro-Iran fighters in Syria's Deir az-Zour, reports confirmed.

Iran signs agreement to bolster Syria's air defence systems

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Iran signs agreement to bolster Syria's air defence systems

Chief of staff of Iran's armed forces met with Syrian president Bashar Assad during a visit to Syria, where they signed an agreement to ...

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Lebanon ex-PM murder tribunal to give verdict August 7

The tribunal was created by a 2007 UN Security Council resolution at Lebanon's request.

Russia and China veto aid to rebel-held <em>Syria</em>

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Russia and China veto aid to rebel-held Syria

Reducing aid deliveries to just one crossing point would cut essential supplies to one million people, the head of International Rescue ...

Syrians 'must exchange $100 to local currency' upon return

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Syrians 'must exchange $100 to local currency' upon return

'Like a visa to your own country': Syrians say the forced transaction through regime channels will cost nationals returning over $50 upon entry.

Biden would drastically change relations with Saudi, Egypt: adviser

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Biden would drastically change relations with Saudi, Egypt: adviser

Biden's foreign policy advisor laid out the presidential candidate's intention to curb support for Saudi Arabia, but failed to outline a clear ...

Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aid

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Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aid

Russia vetoed down a UN Security Council motion authorising cross-border aid to millions of Syrians in the northwest of the country.

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Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering Syria

After a Russian veto, hope that aid reaches rebel-held areas in Syria dwindles.

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First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria's Idlib

Idlib has its first case of Covid-19, a doctor at a hospital near the Turkish border.

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Syria condemned at chemical weapons watchdog over sarin attacks

Only Russia, China and Iran voted against the decision to take action on an OPCW investigation that found the Syrian air force attacked ...

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Starbucks barista writes 'ISIS' on Muslim customer's cup

The 19-year-old told a press conference she was wearing a hijab when she made the order and repeated her name several times.

Moscow push to reduce cross-border aid to <em>Syria</em> fails

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Moscow push to reduce cross-border aid to Syria fails

The UN Security Council voted down a Russian bid to abolish one of two vital aid crossing points between Turkey and Syria, and keep the ...

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UN voting on Syria aid delivery through 1 crossing

Moscow, an ally of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, vetoed an earlier resolution to see continued aid deliveries through two crossing points to ...

US: UN report 'whitewashes' Iran general

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US: UN report 'whitewashes' Iran general

A UN report describing the US-directed killing of Qasem Soleimani as unlawful was 'intellectually dishonest' and 'whitewashed' the Iranian ...

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

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Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Comment: Russia is exploiting its UN Security Council veto power for the purposes of aiding and abetting war crimes in Syria, writes ...

Iran to bolster <em>Syria</em> air defences, counter US 'pressure'

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Iran to bolster Syria air defences, counter US 'pressure'

Iran announced it will strengthen war-torn Syria's air defence systems as part of a military agreement between the allies.

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