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Thursday, Feb 22

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Nigerian Army Frees 80 girls Abducted by Boko Haram

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The Nigerian army rescued about 80 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants in a raid at a school on Wednesday.

Farmers Flee as Israeli Forces Fire Upon Agricultural Land in Gaza

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Israeli forces opened fire on agricultural lands in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to local sources.

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Qatar Calls for Syria 'War Criminals' to be Brought to Justice

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The State of Qatar has expressed its strong denouncement and condemnation of the massacres and intensive aerial bombardments carried out by the forces of the Syrian regime forces in the besieged eastern City of Al Ghouta.

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Pakistan's Supreme Court to Remove Former PM Nawaz Sharif from all Official Records

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Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to bar Nawaz Sharif from his position as president of the country's ruling party and reverse all of his decisions.

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Mortar Attack Kills 2 Palestine Refugee Children in Syria, UNRWA Condemns Ongoing Hostilities

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UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing yesterday in a mortar attack of two Palestine refugee children near the Palestinian refugee camp of Jaramana, 8 kilometers from Damascus, UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Guinness said.

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Sisi Distances Government from $15bn Israeli Gas Deal

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi asserted on Wednesday that the Egyptian government is not part of – or a partner in – the $15 billion deal signed between Israeli and Egyptian companies to export Israeli gas.

Ahmadinejad: 'Free Early Elections are Essential for Ending the Crises'

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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, to hold early presidential and parliamentary polls.

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Moscow Asks UN to Convene Meeting to Discuss Eastern Ghouta Situation

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Moscow's Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia on Wednesday called for a UN Security Council meeting on Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta.

Explosion in US Embassy in Montenegro

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The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro's capital, was attacked shortly after midnight on Thursday, the Montenegrin government said.

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Jordan Could Exclude Israelis from 'Nationality for Investment' Incentive

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A group of Jordanian MPs on Wednesday called for excluding Israelis from a recent decision to grant nationality to individuals who invest in the country under certain conditions.

Wednesday, Feb 21

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As Eastern Ghouta Strikes Continue, Germany Asks 'Where is Russia, Iran'

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New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding to a staggering casualty toll…

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2 French Soldiers Killed in Mali Attack

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Two French soldiers were killed on Wednesday after their armored vehicle was targeted by an explosive device in Mali, according to an Elysee statement.

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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Plotting ISIS Attack on Lebanese Army

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Lebanese General Security arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning to carry out an attack against the Lebanese Army for ISIS, a statement from the security agency reported Wednesday.

How Middle East News Outlets Are Reporting the Turkey-Syria War in Afrin

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Turkish and Syrian-backed troops are now facing off in Kurdish-held Afrin; In addition to the ground battle, a media war is being waged; Turkish and Syrian outlets claim they are defending borders from terrorists; Who the 'terrorist' is…

Death Toll Increase: 25 More Civilians Killed in E. Ghouta

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At least 25 civilians have been killed by intensified Syrian regime attacks in the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta, said sources from the Syrian Civil Defense on Wednesday.

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Hamas Accuses Israel of 'Severe Torture' of Palestinian Lawmaker

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Palestinian group Hamas on Wednesday accused Israel of torturing a detained group lawmaker in prison.

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State Department: 'Brief Meeting' with North Korea Was on the Table, Pyongyang Scrapped the Talks

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Mike Pence and North Korean officials had planned to meet secretly during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but Pyongyang scrapped the talks after the U.S. vice president denounced abuses from the "murderous regime," U.S. officials said…

Aoun: Lebanon Wants to be a Part of Iraq Reconstruction

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed his country’s desire to be involved in the reconstruction of Iraq, the fight against terrorism, and to boost trade and tourism between the two countries, Iraqi officials told Arab News on Tuesday.

Qatar and Jordan Seek a Broader Consensus in Washington

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Qatar is appealing to Washington for help ending the Saudi-led blockade; Jordan has been forced into an uncomfortable position by Saudi Arabia over Palestine; A united effort to undermine Saudi sway over Trump by America’s other Arab…

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Assistance to Jordan will Likely be More than $6.3b Pledged: US Lawmaker

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A leading U.S. lawmaker said on Tuesday that his country’s assistance to Jordan is likely to see additional funds beyond the $6.3 billion that Washington has pledged over five years.

6 Suspects Detained in Morocco for Links to ISIS

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Moroccan authorities have broken up a ISIS cell in the North African country, according to the Moroccan Interior Ministry.

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US and UK Discuss Fate of Two Suspected ISIS 'Beatles' Terrorists

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The UK government is in talks with U.S. counterparts over what to do with two men from London detained in Syria on suspicion of terrorism.

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Lebanon Strengthens Relations with Iraq Against Terrorism

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The need to strengthen bilateral relations with Iraq to respond to the threat of terrorism and to jumpstart economic recovery was at the heart of talks between President Michel Aoun Tuesday and Iraqi officials.

Muslim Communities Likely to Back '5 Star Movement' in Italian Elections

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Afghanistan Hotel Explosion Kills 3 Tribal Elders, 2 Others Injured

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A blast at a hotel in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad has killed at least three tribal elders and injured two others, although the exact cause of the explosion remains unclear.

Tuesday, Feb 20

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Turkey Is Cozying up to Russia and Disavowing the US

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Russia and Turkey are working more closely together than ever; The U.S.-Turkey alliance is quickly fading as a result; The Russia-Turkey reallignment includes arms deals, land swaps; The U.S. is getting squeezed out of the Middle East

Pro-Assad Forces Enter Afrin to Confront Turkey

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Syrian state television has shown forces loyal to embattled president Bashar al-Assad enter into Kurdish-held territory in Afrin, Syria. This is according to BBC News, which reports that the paramilitary organization moving into Afrin are…

Fatah Warns Against US Reducing Aid to UNRWA

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Member of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement and the special envoy of Palestinian President, Azzam al-Ahmad, met with Minister of Interior, Nuhad al-Mashnouk, and warned against "U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reduce U…

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Egypt Court Adds Major Sisi Opposition Leader to 'Terrorist' List

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An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered that Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, a prominent opposition figure, be added to Egypt’s list of “terrorists," according to Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency.

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Erdogan Supports Legal Measures to Chemically Castrate Pedophiles

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday new administrative measures and legal regulations against child abusers would be implemented soon.