• Historic transition deal signed in Sudan

      Historic transition deal signed in Sudan

      Sudan's military council and protest leaders on Saturday signed a hard-won "constitutional declaration" that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule. The agreement was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest umbrella, an AFP reporter said.

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    • Damascus rejects Turkey-US plan, Kurds give guarded welcome

      Damascus rejects Turkey-US plan, Kurds give guarded welcome

      Damascus said Thursday it strongly rejects a proposed US-Turkish buffer zone for northern Syria, blaming the "aggressive" project on Syria's Kurds, who gave the proposal a guarded welcome. Turkish and US officials agreed on Wednesday to establish a joint operations centre to oversee the creation of a safe zone to manage tensions between Ankara and US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. No details were provided on the size or nature of the safe zone, but the deal appeared to provide some breathing room after Turkey had threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which control a large swathe of northern Syria.

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    • Islamic State ‘resurging’ in Syria

      Islamic State ‘resurging’ in Syria

      The Islamic State jihadist group was “resurging” in Syria while the United States withdrew troops, and has solidified its insurgent capabilities in neighboring Iraq, a US Defense Department watchdog said on 7 Auguas. The jihadists - who suffered major territorial losses at the hands of Iraqi and Syrian forces backed by a US-led international air campaign - are exploiting weaknesses in local forces to make gains, the report from the Office of Inspector General said.

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    • Taliban kill at least 14, wound 145 in Kabul blast

      Taliban kill at least 14, wound 145 in Kabul blast

      At least 14 people were killed and 145 wounded in a massive Taliban bomb blast Wednesday as fresh violence gripped Kabul even as insurgents appear to be closing in on a peace deal with the US. The bloodshed in the capital, which was targetting a local police station, comes amid an ongoing surge in attacks across Afghanistan, where some 1,500 people were killed or injured last month alone.

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    • Air strikes stop in Syria's Idlib after truce announced

      Air strikes stop in Syria's Idlib after truce announced

      Air strikes on Syria's northwestern Idlib region stopped on Friday after the government announced it had agreed a truce following more than three months of deadly bombardment of the jihadist-held region. But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor also reported tit-for-tat artillery attacks by regime and opposition forces in the northwestern region that killed one civilian.

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    • Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban on its women

      Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban on its women

      Saudi Arabia women are now allowed to travel abroad without approval from a male "guardian", the government has announced, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom. The decree announced on Friday comes after high-profile attempts by women to escape their guardians, despite a string of reforms including an historic decree last year that overturned the world's only ban on female motorists.

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    • IS claims responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks in Tunis

      IS claims responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks in Tunis

      Islamic State claimed responsibility for the two terrorist attacks on police in the Tunisian capital on Thursday, new wires reported, citing the militant group’s Amaq news agency. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks, killing one police officer and wounding several other people, the Tunisian government said. The attacks came months before an election and at the peak of a tourist season in which Tunisia is hoping for a record number of visitors.

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    • Iran: New sanctions end ‘channel of diplomacy forever’

      Iran: New sanctions end ‘channel of diplomacy forever’

      A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry took to Twitter Tuesday to call out President Trump’s latest decision to impose additional sanctions, insisting that the move permanently ends any chance of diplomacy between countries. “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” the tweet from Abbas Mousavi reads.

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