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Turkey ‘not pessimistic’ about ceasefire in Libya but wary of Haftar

ANKARA: Turkey says it is not pessimistic about the prospect of a ceasefire in Libya, even after the collapse of peace talks in Moscow, but accuses renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar of seeking continued conflict. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks in the capital, Ankara, on Wednesday, two …

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Israel carries out new airstrikes on besieged Gaza Strip

GAZA: Israeli warplanes have carried out several airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, targeting a number of areas in the north and the northwest of the coastal enclave. Palestinian media reported on Wednesday night that one of the airstrikes targeted a position belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. The attack …

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Saudi attacks kill child in Yemen’s north

SANA’A: At least one child has been killed and another wounded in attacks by Saudi-led forces in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada. According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television, Saudi-led forces poured rockets and artillery shells on a rural area in the Razih district of the province in the early hours of …

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Over 130 prisoner rights abuses committed in Bahrain in December: Opposition

MANAMA: A new report on the human rights situation in Bahrain shows that authorities committed more than 130 cases of abuse against imprisoned anti-regime activists and political dissidents last December as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on pro-democracy campaigners in the Persian Gulf kingdom. …

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Zarif: Only Trump, Pompeo, Daesh celebrating martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says the only people celebrating the assassination of Iran’s prominent anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani are US President Donald Trump, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Daesh Takfiri terror group. Speaking at a security conference in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Wednesday, …

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Syrian army says confronts Israeli aggression on T4 airbase in Homs

The Syrian army says it has intercepted and shot down several Israeli drones and missiles targeting a major military airport in the country’s central province of Homs. Citing a military source, Syria’s official news agency SANA announced on Tuesday that the army air defenses had confronted an air aggression perpetrated …

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