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Syria Regime Shelling 'Bloody Message' before Talks, Says Opposition

The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a "bloody message" aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week.

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Kuwait Jails Senior Official for Joining IS Jihadists

Kuwait's supreme court on Sunday sentenced a top bureaucrat to 10 years in jail for joining and fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.

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Iraq Digs Anti-IS Trench around City of Ramadi

Security forces in Iraq's western region of Anbar began digging a trench around the provincial capital Ramadi Sunday to protect it against infiltrations by the Islamic State group, officials said.

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Israel-U.S. Team to Discuss Settlements Says Netanyahu

Israel and the U.S. will set up a joint team to discuss Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, days after talks with President Donald Trump.

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U.N. in 'Race against Clock' to Prepare for West Mosul Exodus

The United Nations said Sunday as Iraqi forces launched their offensive to retake west Mosul that it was rushing to build more shelters ahead of an expected wave of displacement.

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De Mistura Questions U.S. Engagement on Syria

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday questioned U.S. President Donald Trump's engagement in solving the Syrian war, just days ahead of a new round of peace talks in Geneva.

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Report: Netanyahu Held Secret Arab Peace Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with Arab rulers last year to hear then U.S. secretary of state John Kerry pitch a regional peace plan, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.

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350,000 Children Trapped in West Mosul, Says NGO

Around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul, Save the Children warned on Sunday as Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on jihadists defending the strategic city.

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Land, People Exchange Key to 2-State Solution, Says Lieberman

A two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict must include exchanges of people and land to ensure the two sides are completely separated, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday.

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Mosul Civilians Divided over Iraqi Army Advice to 'Stay at Home'

The first four months of the Iraqi offensive on Mosul were marked by relatively low displacement but the civilians who remain in the city's west face more dangers than ever.

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