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By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | BEIRUT BEIRUT Syrian troops and Iranian-backed militias launched an assault on Bedouin villages in southeast Syria on Monday to consolidate control of a swathe of desert stretching to the Iraqi border, Western-backed rebels said. The rebels said they came under attack at dawn in a sparsely populated desert area that lies
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DUBAI A Bahrain court sentenced rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab to two years in jail on Monday, supporters said, for allegedly making “false or malicious” statements about Bahraini authorities. Authorities at Bahrain’s information affairs office could not immediately be reached for comment. Bahrain has repeatedly denied systematic rights abuses. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy
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By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets | KIEV KIEV Ukraine will begin discussions with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on an action plan to get it into the U.S.-led alliance, its leader said on Monday, while the country would work on reforms to meet membership standards by 2020. President Petro Poroshenko, whose country is fighting
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BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday to put aside “distractions” that have strained bilateral ties and warned that China was unwilling to compromise on Taiwan, state news agency Xinhua said. Relations have been complicated for decades by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression. Self-ruled Taiwan, which is claimed
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CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland Talks aimed at ending the four-decade Cyprus conflict have closed without reaching an agreement, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres told a news conference on Friday after a stormy final session of talks that ran into the early hours. “I’m very sorry to tell you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement
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HAMBURG German police fired water cannon and pepper spray at protesters gathered to demonstrate against a G20 summit in Hamburg after a group of black-clad demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at riot police. Police expected around 100,000 protesters from around Europe, who say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening
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By Roberta Rampton and Joseph Nasr | HAMBURG HAMBURG U.S. President Donald Trump arrived for a G20 summit in Hamburg on Thursday risking isolation on climate policy and the wrath of anti-capitalist protesters threatening to disrupt the meeting of the world’s leading economic powers. Trump, who paused to wave as he descended the steps of
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MOSCOW Russian investigators raided the Moscow election headquarters of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Thursday and police entered a warehouse, where activists said they confiscated pre-election pamphlets. Navalny, who has organized two big anti-government street protests in recent months, is currently serving out a 25-day jail term for repeatedly violating the law on organizing public
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