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Russian Major Nikolai Zekin is facing trial for taking bribes from soldiers in order to send them to Syria, where they can earn high salaries and other benefits.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis continue to flee violence in the north, as the shadow of Covid-19 looms over them.

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Sam Hamad

UN failures put fate of Syrians in Assad's hands

Comment: The UN's imbalanced and unjust structure is allowing Assad to weaponise aid to vulnerable Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Paul McLoughlin

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Foreign intervention has marked Syria's war. Now it could lead to Assad's downfall.

Syria strikes kill 14 Iranian, allied fighters: monitor

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Syria strikes kill 14 Iranian, allied fighters: monitor

Syrian Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said it was "likely" that Israel mounted the operation, which killed several Iraqi as well as Iranian ...

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Israel claims Iran pulling out of Syria amid strikes

The most recent Israeli strikes have targeted Iran-backed militia fighters and a Hezbollah arms depot in Syria.

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Israeli missiles target Syrian military and 'chemical research lab'

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria during the war.

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Libyan government launches operation to capture major Haftar airbase

The Libyan government has launched an operation to capture the Al-Watiya Airbase, southwest of Tripoli, a major hub for forces loyal to rogue ...

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Libyan government strikes major Haftar airbase after rejecting ceasefire

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally-recognised government have launched five airstrikes against the Watiya airbase south of ...

Libya's UN-supported government rejects rivals' abrupt ceasefire offer

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Libya's UN-supported government rejects rivals' abrupt ceasefire offer

Rogue military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces abruptly offered a ceasefire after a suffering a series of setbacks.

A Yemeni journalist

The death of journalism in Yemen's war

The threat of execution has now become a potential punishment against journalists in Yemen, reflecting the deadly reality of reporting in the ...

US denies reports of soldiers missing in Syria

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US denies reports of soldiers missing in Syria

A spokesman for the international coalition fighting IS has called a Syrian state news report about two allegedly missing US soldiers 'nonsense'.

Three killed in Israeli strikes on Syria –regime media

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Three killed in Israeli strikes on Syria –regime media

Syrian regime media says that three civilians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, and that four others, including a ...

Libya's east-based forces shell Tripoli, killing 3

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Libya's east-based forces shell Tripoli, killing 3

Three civilians in Libya's capital Tripoli were killed in intense shelling by Khalifa Haftar's forces, the city's health authorities said.

Violet Organization: The Syrian NGO battling coronavirus in Idlib

Danya Hajjaji

Violet Organization: The Syrian NGO battling coronavirus in Idlib

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

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State media: Syrian air defences down Israeli missiles

Syrian air defences downed Israeli missiles over the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs province on Monday, state media reported.

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Syrian Kurds set up first coronavirus hospital

Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria have set up their first hospital specializing in treating coronavirus patients, following the death of ...

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Libyan government forces launch offensive to retake Haftar stronghold

Libyan government forces have launched a major offensive to retake the city of Tarhouna, a major supply base for rogue General Haftar’s forces ...

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Lasting Yemen cease-fire 'expected soon': UN

The UN special envoy for Yemen said he expects Yemen's warring sides to to agree on a lasting cease-fire “in the immediate future.”

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

Paul Iddon

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

Comment: IS will exploit any instability, including a potential humanitarian crisis caused by coronavirus, writes Paul Iddon.

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Egypt reduces support to Libya's Haftar due to pandemic

Rogue Libyan general Khalifa Haftar has lost multiple towns to government forces this month as Egypt and France reportedly withdraw support.

Syrian regime urged to release doctors after coronavirus crisis

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Syrian regime urged to release doctors after coronavirus crisis

Repeated attacks on medical workers and healthcare centres have left Syria ill-equipped to tackle a coronavirus outbreak.

Saudi Arabia's faltering divide and rule strategy in Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Saudi Arabia's faltering divide and rule strategy in Yemen

While seeking to keep Yemen weak and divided, yet with no real long-term plan for its political future, Saudi Arabia has inadvertently limited ...

Libyan government forces counterattack Haftar militias in Tripoli

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Libyan government forces counterattack Haftar militias in Tripoli

GNA forces counterattacked Haftar militias after the rogue general rained rockets down on the capital of Tripoli on Tuesday.

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