Syria bombings: 10 civilians killed in Russian raids

Russia says it targeted opposition fighters who fired rockets at its Khmeimim airbase. At least 10 civilians have been killed in Syria in air raids and shelling in Idlib province. Russian forces are continuing to carry out attacks there, but Moscow says Syria has declared a unilateral ceasefire.   Al Jazeera’s Andrew Chappelle reports. Source: Read Full Article

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UN: Houthis withdraw from key Red Sea ports 'partly as agreed'

Armed group hands over security at ports to ‘coastguard’ in a diplomatic breakthrough after months of stalling. The United Nations has said Yemen’s Houthi armed group has handed over security of three Red Sea ports to the “coastguard” under a peace deal that it hopes will pave the way for wider talks to resolve the conflict. “UN teams have been […]

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Houthi rebels begin withdrawal from key ports in Yemen

Houthis say its forces begin redeployment from Hodeidah province, as government dismisses move as a ‘flagrant show’. Yemen’s Houthi rebels have begun a long-delayed withdrawal of their forces from key ports in Hodeidah province, the group said, under the terms of a UN-brokered peace agreement aimed at ending the country’s four-year-long civil war. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the […]

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US approves $3bn Apache helicopter sale to Qatar

The proposed sale would double the number of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters the Gulf country currently has. The US State Department has cleared a potential $3bn sale of 24 Apache attack helicopters and related equipment to Qatar, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The proposed sale, which would double the number of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters the Gulf country currently […]

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Lebanon's new election law unlikely to upset balance of power

A new system of proportional representation was used in the election in which 3.6 million people were eligible to vote for the nearly 600 candidates vying for the 128-seat parliament. Counting is under way in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections in nine years, which were marked by low voter turnout. About 3.6 million people were eligible to vote in the elections, […]

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Iraq election: Polls show Iraqi PM lags behind Shia rivals

Partial results show coalition linked to Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr is the current frontrunner while Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is lagging in third place. Initial results from Iraq’s parliamentary elections suggest an upset, in the first vote since the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) last year. A coalition linked […]

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Algeria ruling party asks ailing president to run for fifth term

Analysts say the country’s decision-makers are looking to exploit the president’s popularity to maintain the status quo. Members of Algeria’s ruling party have called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth consecutive term, according to local media reports. Speaking at a party meeting on Saturday, the National Liberation Front’s (or FLN by its French acronym) secretary-general, Djamel Ould […]

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Child marriage on the rise among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan

In 2014, 15 percent of all Syrian marriages in Jordan included a child bride, but now the number has risen to 36 percent. Child marriage among Syrian refugee children, primarily girls, is on the rise, according to data from Jordan‘s court system.  The percentage of child brides in Syrian marriages in Jordan rose from 15 percent in 2014 to 36 percent […]

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Syria: 'Absentees law' could see millions of refugees lose lands

Legislation could allow government confiscate properties of displaced Syrians unless they prove ownership in 30 days. As thousands of Syrians flee their homes in Eastern Ghouta to escape a fierce air and ground offensive led by pro-government forces, President Bashar al-Assad has introduced a new law which can potentially see the state confiscating the lands of millions of displaced people. […]

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Israel scraps UN deal to resettle African asylum seekers

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a deal with United Nations to relocate African asylum seekers living in the country, a day after reaching an agreement. The UN’s refugee agency says it is disappointed that Israel has scrapped a deal to relocate half of the African asylum seekers living there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced intense pressure from right-wing […]

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