• Russia, Turkey, Iran admit responsibility for peace in Syria

      Russia, Turkey, Iran admit responsibility for peace in Syria

      A political solution is necessary to end the crisis in Syria, the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran said on Monday, meeting in Ankara, despite many disagreements especially over the threat from Islamic State, news wires reported. “We are in a period when we need to take more responsibility for peace in Syria, when we (three countries) need to carry more weight,” Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan said after talks with Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani. Russia and Iran are key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad while Turkey backs Syrian rebels seeking to oust him.

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    • Israel votes on Netanyahu's political survival

      Israel votes on Netanyahu's political survival

      Israel votes in its second election in five months Tuesday. The outcome will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term as the country's longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White alliance.

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    • 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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