Middle East/North Africa

Assad hopes for 'reconciliation' deals from Astana talks

19 Jan 2017
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed peace talks in Kazakhstan would lead to local "reconciliation" deals with rebels, a sign of his confidence in a process launched by his Russian allies after the opposition's...
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'IS' kills twelve in Palmyra, among them teachers, soldiers: monitor

19 Jan 2017
"Islamic State" (IS) militants put at least 12 people to death in execution-style killings in the ancient city of Palmyra, which they re-captured from the government for a second time in December 2016, the Syrian Observatory for...
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Middle East expects big changes under Trump

19 Jan 2017
Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of...
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Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul: military

18 Jan 2017
Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, Prime...
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U.S. carries out strikes near Syria's al-Bab after Turkish criticism

18 Jan 2017
The U.S. military said on Tuesday it carried out air strikes in Syria against Islamic State targets of interest to both Washington and Ankara near the town of al-Bab, following Turkish criticism of insufficient U.S. support for its ground...
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Turkish president critcizes delays in fight against Islamic State

17 Jan 2017
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday criticized delays in the U.S.-led coalition's offensive against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, as extremists pressed ahead with an offensive against Syrian government...
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Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

17 Jan 2017
Omar Tarshan had never visited any of Syria's famous public baths until three weeks ago, when a water shortage in his Damascus neighborhood forced him to look for an alternative place to shower. On Monday night, the 25-year-old...
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Turkey says New Year's nightclub attacker captured in Istanbul

An injured woman is carried to an ambulance from a nightclub where a gun attack took place during a New Year party in Istanbul, Turkey, January 1, 2017. Murat Ergin/Ihlas News Agency via REUTERS
17 Jan 2017
Turkish police say they have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the city after a two-week manhunt, officials said on Tuesday. Istanbul Governor...
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Saudi says Trump stance on Iran, IS a cause for optimism

17 Jan 2017
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the way the incoming U.S. administration wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State. "We are optimistic about the...
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Saudi to launch US$30-50 billion renewable energy program soon: minister

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih talks during the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016
16 Jan 2017
Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between US$30 billion and US$50 billion by 2023, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday. Falih, speaking at an...
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