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Syria war: UN envoy Staffan de Mistura to step down

The diplomat, who has been in the job since 2014, cites personal reasons for his decision.

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Syrian refugee who lives in a historic manor

Tamer fled Syria seven years ago, but now lives in a historic house in south-west London.

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U.N. Syria Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, Announces Resignation

Mr. de Mistura, the United Nations chief negotiator for Syria, will be the third diplomat to leave the job since Syria’s grinding civil war began 7 ...

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Saudi Arabia Delivers $100 Million Pledged to U.S. as Pompeo Lands in Riyadh

The funds, earmarked for aid to Syria, arrived as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the kingdom to discuss the fate of a missing Saudi dissident.

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US, Saudi Arabia Have Leverage on Each Other; Using It Has Costs

The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a mutually dependent relationship for seven decades based on a central bargain: the kingdom would pump ...

Trump administration has new plan to drive Iran out of Syria

U.S. defense officials worry the increased focus on Iran and the presence of both militaries in Syria could pull the U.S. military closer to open ...

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Syria reopens key crossings with Jordan and Israel-occupied Golan

The crossings with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights were closed for several years.

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Rights Group Criticizes US-Led Coalition for Raqqa Deaths

The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is “a slap in the face for survivors” trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday. At a news conference in the Lebanese capital, Amnesty ...

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American Pastor on Trial in Turkey

The trial of an American pastor whose detention has sparked a diplomatic standoff between Ankara and Washington resumed Friday in Turkey. Speculation has been growing that Turkey could allow Andrew Brunson to return to the United States, ending the diplomatic crisis.U.S. President Donald Trump has condemned Brunson's prosecution on terrorism ...

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Syria war: Why I fight alongside Assad's forces near Idlib

Nabel is a Christian fighting near Idlib province, the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria

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Trump Says he May Pick new UN Ambassador This Month

In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump’s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced she is resigning at the ...

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Syria war: Rebels 'withdraw heavy weapons from Idlib buffer zone'

Heavy weapons have reportedly been withdrawn from a demilitarised zone under a Turkish-Russian deal.

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Refugee Families Split Due to Stricter Screening to Enter US

Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two young sons managed to settle as refugees. But the danger hasn't been enough to allow his wife to join them.   Mohammed, who worked as a security guard for the U.S. military in Baghdad, says he was initially told his wife would be reunited ...

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VOA Interview: Hayvi Bouzo of Orient TV

VOA's Greta Van Susteren interviews Hayvi Bouzo, Washington bureau chief of Orient TV, on the ground during a high-level week at the United Nations General Assembly. Hayvi, who is Kurdish-Syrian, tells us about her experiences attempting to cover the news in Syria and how she had to flee the country shortly after the revolution. She also gives us ...

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US Broadens War on Terror, Has Harsh Words for Iran

The United States renewed its call to win the war on terrorism Thursday, unveiling a new counterterrorism strategy that promises to confront a complex and expanding threat by taking whatever steps are deemed necessary. The long-awaited document, ...

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Pentagon Chief: Russia's Violation of Arms Control Pact 'Untenable'

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday Russia's violation of a global arms control treaty is "untenable" and warned the U.S. would be forced ...

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US to Confront Russia, China on Militarization of Outer Space

At an upcoming U.N. disarmament conference, the United States vows to push back against Russian and Chinese threats against the peaceful use of outer ...

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US Announces Charges Against 7 Russian Intelligence Officers

The U.S. Justice Department filed criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers n connection with hacking the computer networks of international anti-doping agencies and officials, as well as organizations investigating Russia's use of chemical weapons. Assistant Attorney General John Demers, who announced the charges Thursday, ...

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S-300 missile system: Russia upgrades Syrian air defences

The move comes two weeks after a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down in Syria.

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Syrian Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport after months

Hassan al-Kontar was trying to avoid the war in Syria but found himself stuck in legal limbo in Malaysia.

Iran missiles in Syria land 'within 3 miles' of US troops

Iranian missiles that targeted eastern Syria early Monday came within three miles of US troops in the country, a US defense official told CNN.

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Iran Fires a Ballistic Missile at ISIS in Syria, Avenging an Earlier Attack

Iran fired several missiles across neighboring Iraq at the last remaining ISIS stronghold, in an area where the American military is active.

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Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over Ahvaz attack

The Revolutionary Guards fire missiles at eastern Syria in response to last month's attack in Ahvaz.

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US Diplomat: Syria Could Face Tough Sanctions If It Blocks Political Process

The United States will pursue "a strategy of isolation," including sanctions, with its allies if President Bashar al-Assad holds up a political ...

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Trump: New Sanctions Will Force Iran Back to Nuclear Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump said “Iran has to come back and they have to talk” if it wants to avoid a new round of economic sanctions. Speaking to reporters in New York Wednesday, the president defended his decision to withdraw from the 2015 six-nation agreement for Tehran to give up its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of crippling ...

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Trump Takes UN Security Council Gavel; Further Knocks Iran

Taking the gavel of the Security Council at the United Nations on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump devoted the bulk of his remarks on the theme of non-proliferation to criticism of Iran. Labeling Iran the "world's leading sponsor of terrorism," Trump claimed that "Iran's aggression only increased" after the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the ...

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Trump Calls on World Leaders to 'Isolate' Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has called on world leaders gathered at the U.N. General Assembly to "isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression continues," accusing Iranian leaders of sowing "chaos, death and destruction." "They do not respect ...

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