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Iranians sue US government over 'mass denials' of refugee status

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The Iranians are religious minorities seeking refugee status through a special US government programme.

Will the US confront Iran's forces in Syria?

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US officials have stated that they want to challenge Iranian influence in Syria but how likely is a confrontation?

Iraq launches 'deadly strikes' against ISIL inside Syria

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Iraqi PM's office says F-16 fighter jets carried out air raids near the border in coordination with Syrian army.

Durham first US city to ban police training with Israeli military

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Local council adopts step against exchange with Israeli military practices synonymous with the occupation of Palestine.

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Starbucks discrimination 'a sign of America's cultural war'

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Recent arrest of two black men at coffee shop highlights deeply-embedded racism against African Americans, analysts say.

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Kashmir erupts demanding justice for young rape victim

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Activists say cases of rape and sexual violence on women are common as they decry 'reluctant and delayed response'

Refugees on Greek islands angry at freedom for new arrivals

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Rights group call Greek government to lift refugees' movement restrictions independently from the date of arrival.

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel gives first speech in Assembly

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Miguel Diaz-Canel's election marks first time in nearly six decades the Communist country will not be led by a Castro.

Will a new president mean change for Cuba?

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A new era dawns for Cuba for the first time in almost 60 years Communist country's leader is not called Castro.

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Ecuador to stop hosting Colombia-ELN talks

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Ecuador's government ends support for negotiations between Bogota and leftist group ELN after incidents on the border.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel: Cuba's post-Castro president

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Little known about 57-year-old's plans to tackle challenges facing Communist country, including its struggling economy.

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Why are Armenians protesting against the new prime minister?

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Tens of thousands take to the streets against nomination and appointment of ex-president Serzh Sargsyan as PM.

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US: Georgia town of Newnan braces for neo-Nazi rally

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The National Socialist Movement is one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US.

9/11 attacks' suspect arrested by Kurds in Syria

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Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, is accused of being involved in planning the 9/11 attacks.

India court rejects pleas for probe into judge BH Loya's death

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Top court rejects pleas for investigation into the 2014 death of a judge presiding over murder case involving BJP chief.

Fleeing Kachin face food, medicine shortage amid Myanmar clashes

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Clashes between Myanmar army and Kachin fighters leave more than 100,000 displaced since 2011.

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Chemical attacks on Iran: When the US looked the other way

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Iran denounces 'hypocrisy' of US air strikes as experts urge Tehran to press Syria to stop future chemical attacks.

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Nigeria school food scheme revolutionising education

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Free meals programme has fed nearly seven million pupils in about 40,000 schools and changed the nature of education.

Alabama to execute Walter Moody, 83, oldest in modern US history

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Moody's age reflects the aging of death row across the US, where over 2,000 people are to be executed.

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ISIL given '48 hours' to evacuate area south of Damascus

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ISIL fighters have been in control of an area south of Damascus for nearly three years.

Thursday, Apr 19

Qatari forces participate in Gulf shield drill in Saudi Arabia

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Officers from Qatar's Armed Forces participated in the exercise, along with forces from 25 other countries.

Zimbabwe: Nurses' strike takes toll on public health service

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Government orders immediate dismissal of more than 16,000 striking nurses who demand better pay.

Wednesday, Apr 18

OPCW: Fact-finding team still outside Syria's Douma

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Watchdog says any deployment will have to receive security clearance, a day after UN team comes under fire in Douma.

Turkey's Erdogan calls for snap elections on June 24

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The parliamentary and presidential polls had previously been slated for November 2019.

Iran's Rouhani: We will not wait for approval to produce weapons

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In a speech marking Iran's Army Day, Rouhani warns Western powers against flooding the Middle East with more weapons.

Russia rejects UN resolution for independent Douma investigation

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Russia's UN ambassador says determining responsibility for chemical attack is futile since West already assigned blame.

Tuesday, Apr 17

Saudi in talks with US over troop deployment in Syria

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Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Riyadh is willing to send soldiers amid reports Trump is looking to exit Syria.

Is France reinventing itself as a kingmaker in the Middle East?

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President Emmanuel Macron is trying restore France's position as a 'power broker' in the Arab world, analysts say.

OPCW 'enters Syria's Douma' to probe gas attack allegation

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State TV says chemical weapons watchdog arrives in Douma as France and the US question the purpose of the mission.

Diplomatic leaks: UAE dissatisfied with Saudi policies

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Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar publishes secret diplomatic documents claiming UAE disapproval of Saudi policies.

Monday, Apr 16

US and Russia feud over access to Syria attack site

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Russia says experts to inspect Douma on Wednesday, rejecting accusations of tampering in OPCW investigation.

Theresa May defends Syria strikes in parliament

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Rejecting accusations of US pressure, UK PM says involvement in Saturday's coordinated attack was in national interest.

OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation

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British delegation calls on Russia and Syria to allow access as Russian deputy FM says delay is due to US-led strikes.

France confirms Libya's Haftar is treated in a Paris hospital

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An unnamed European diplomat says Haftar sustained irreversible brain damage and will be unable to function as before.

Sunday, Apr 15

Haley: US troops to stay in Syria until goals achieved

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The US envoy to UN also confirms that new sanctions against Russia will be announced on Monday.

Putin: Syria attacks damage peaceful settlement prospects

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Russian president tells Iranian counterpart that US-led attacks damage prospects for political reconciliation in Syria.

What mission has the US accomplished in Syria?

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It remains unclear what effect, if any, the US-led strikes had on alleviating the suffering of Syrians.

US: Locked and loaded if Syria uses toxic gas again

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US ambassador to UN warns Assad government after more than 100 bombs target chemical weapons facilities in Syria.