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Iraq hands over 33 Islamic State children to Russia

Iraq said on Monday it has handed over to Russia 33 children of Russian women suspected of joining the Islamic State extremist group, as Moscow announced that it had broken up an Islamic State cell on its home turf.
Hassan Rouhani

Iran warns Britain of ‘repercussions’ over ship seizure

Iran's president said Wednesday that Britain will face ``repercussions'' over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker last week that authorities in Gibraltar suspect was breaching European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.

A timeline of key events in rule of Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir

After 30 years in power, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was arrested and deposed by the military on Thursday, following nearly four months of protests against his rule.
The occupied Golan heights was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and effectively annexed in 1981 [Eddie Gerald-Getty Images]

Syria condemns Trump’s stance on Golan Heights sovereignty

Syria has condemned US President Donald Trump's statement that it is time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, while its close military ally, Russia said changing the status of the territory would violate UN agreements.

Regional powers stick with President Omar al-Bashir as Sudan protests mount

As angry protests pile pressure on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to step down, key powers are standing by his regime to ensure stability in a strife-torn region, analysts say.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a letter to his US counterpart Donald Trump, has said Moscow is ready for dialogue on a wide-ranging agenda, the Kremlin said.

Vladimir Putin: Russia ‘open for dialogue’ with United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a letter to his US counterpart Donald Trump, has said Moscow is ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said.

US-led coalition reports recent air strikes on ISIS in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air strikes last week that destroyed facilities used by Islamic State, the coalition said on Tuesday.
(FILES) This file photo taken on December 24, 2017 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking on during the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem.Prime Minister Netanyahu is to meet his "true friend" Donald Trump in Washington on March 5, 2018 during a visit that will take him away from swirling accusations of personal corruption and a government crisis roiling the Israeli scene. On March 4, 2018 police questioned Netanyahu for five hours over a bribery scandal that some commentators say could spell his political doom. In two separate cases, the police last month recommended that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of public trust. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / AMIR COHEN

Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to calm Israeli concerns over Donald Trump’s Syria pullout

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to calm domestic concerns over US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria, saying his country will still act against Iran there.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is set to hold talks with foreign ministers from Iran, Russia and Turkey in Geneva to discuss setting up a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.

Russia, Iran, Turkey seek deal on Syria constitutional body at UN

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is set to hold talks with foreign ministers from Iran, Russia and Turkey in Geneva to discuss setting up a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.
Mevlut Cavusoglu attended the 18th Doha Forum on December 15 and 16 in Qatar [Cem Ozdel-Anadolu]

Turkey: EU countries turning blind eye to Khashoggi murder

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that many European countries are ignoring the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. - AFP PHOTO - POOL - JIM HOLLANDER

Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin to meet after Syria friendly fire incident

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss coordination in Syria after the accidental downing of a Russian plane led to tensions.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President Erdogan: Turkey’s ceasefire calls in Syria yielded results

President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s calls for a ceasefire in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib region were bearing fruit after days of relative calm but that more work needed to be done, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Monday.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on July 9, 2018 be sworn in for a second mandate as Turkey's head of state after his election triumph last month, assuming sweeping powers granted under a new constitution, a presidential source said. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Turkey warns Europe of ‘new wave’ of Syrian refugees from Idlib

Turkey's presidential spokesperson has said a major offensive targeting Syria's northwestern province of Idlib could cause a new refugee crisis from Turkey to Europe.

Bob Woodward: Donald Trump mocked Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, calling him a ‘f***ing killer’

US President Donald Trump reportedly mocked Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and referred to him as a "f***ing killer", according to investigative journalist Bob Woodward.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Idlib: We won’t watch from the sidelines – Recep Erdogan

Ankara will not stand by and watch the loss of civilian lives in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned, after a trilateral summit with the leaders of Iran and Russia.
Israel's strikes have been largely ignored by Russia, which is backing Damascus [Jim Hollander-EPA]

Israel says it launched 200 strikes in Syria since 2017

Israel has launched more than 200 air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria over the past year and a half, a senior Israel official revealed.
US President Donald Trump speaks during an event to announces a grant for drug-free communities support program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - MANDEL NGAN

Donald Trump warns Syria’s Bashar Assad, allies over planned Idlib attack

The war songs between President Donald Trump and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has intensified with the U.S. number one citizen warned the Syrian President and his allies in the region not to attack rebels in the country’s Idlib province.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. (J. Scott Applewhite-AP)

US top envoy Mike Pompeo says ‘world is watching’ the situation in Idlib

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov of "defending the assault" by Syrian government forces on the last rebel stronghold in Idlib province.

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