• US Republicans join Democrats to blast Trump's Syria withdrawal

      US Republicans join Democrats to blast Trump's Syria withdrawal

      In a rare show of bipartisanship, the top lawmakers in the US House of Representatives and Senate on Monday condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria, which could open the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led fighters in the area. Some threatened to introduce a resolution calling for Trump to reverse the move or legislation imposing sanctions on Turkey if it attacked Kurdish forces.

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    • Thousands protest in Kiev against autonomy plan for eastern Ukraine

      Thousands protest in Kiev against autonomy plan for eastern Ukraine

      About 10,000 people gathered in central Kiev on Sunday to protest a plan for broader autonomy for separatist territories ahead of a high-stakes summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, news wires reported. The protesters, who descended on Kiev's Independence Square known locally as Maidan, chanted "No to surrender!", with some holding placards critical of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky's predecessor Petro Poroshenko, who was trounced in an April election, joined the rally.

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    • US withdraws troops from northeast Syria abandoning Kurdish allies

      US withdraws troops from northeast Syria abandoning Kurdish allies

      The United States said it was pulling troops from northeast Syria, in a major policy shift which opens the way for a Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led forces and hands Turkey responsibility for thousands of Islamic State captives. The move angered the Kurdish-led forces who have been Washington’s most capable partner in fighting Islamic State in Syria. The forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Washington of reneging on an ally, warning it would have a “great negative” impact on the war against the jihadists.

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    • Opposition parties beat former guerrillas in Kosovo’s snap poll

      Opposition parties beat former guerrillas in Kosovo’s snap poll

      Opposition parties on Sunday snap election in Kosovo took the lead over former guerrillas who have dominated politics for the past decade, news wires reported. The leftist-nationalist Vetevendosje (Self-determination party) of Albin Kurti was in first place with 26% of the vote, followed by the centre-right LDK who had 25.2 % after more than three quarters of the ballots were counted, the electoral commission said. The victory of the two opposition parties was a heavy rebuke to parties led by former guerrillas who battled Serbia in the 1990s, paving the way for Kosovo's independence.

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    • Protests in Iraq turn deadly

      Protests in Iraq turn deadly

      At least 46 people have been killed and 856 injured in two days of protests across Iraq. Violent demonstrations erupted in the capital Baghdad and in several provinces across the country last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over unemployment, government corruption and the lack of basic services. Protesters took to the streets in their thousands chanting against graft and demanding jobs and services. Security forces opened fire.

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    • 'War wing' fights for survival in Kosovo poll

      'War wing' fights for survival in Kosovo poll

      The former guerilla commanders who have dominated Kosovo since its independence will fight for political survival in elections on Sunday, with opposition parties threatening to boot them from power, AFP comments. The poll is the fourth since tiny Kosovo formally broke away from Serbia in 2008. But the optimism generated by that split has been flattened by frustration with a political class blamed for corruption and widespread poverty.

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    • Ukraine signs deal on Donbass

      Ukraine signs deal on Donbass

      The Ukrainian government signed last Tuesday an agreement with pro-Russia separatists, Russia and European monitors that will allow a local election to be held in separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine, news wires reported. The deal was signed after the parties met in Minsk, and is seen as a major step by the new Ukrainian government under President Volodymyr Zelensky toward resolution of the conflict in the eastern part of the country.

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