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Turkey Shells Kurdish-held Areas of Syria's Aleppo

Turkish artillery on Saturday bombarded areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The monitoring group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said Turkish shelling struck areas of Aleppo, including Minnigh, recently taken by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from Islamist rebels.

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Oman Sultan to Return to Germany for Health Checkup

Sultan Qaboos of Oman is to fly to Germany on Sunday for a medical checkup on his progress after eight months of treatment there in 2014-15, his government announced.

The 75-year-old monarch will undergo a "routine medical examination" during a stay that will be of "limited duration, God willing", a statement carried by the official ONA news agency on Saturday said.

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Turkey PM Threatens Military Action against Syrian Kurdish Fighters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday said Turkey would, if necessary, take military action against fighters from the Syrian Kurdish PYD, which Ankara considers a terror group.

"We can if necessary take the same measures in Syria as we took in Iraq and Qandil," Davutoglu said in a televised speech in the eastern city of Erzincan, referring to the relentless bombing campaign last year against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on their Qandil mountain stronghold. 

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Red Cross Delivers Medicines to Yemen's Besieged Taez

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Saturday that it had delivered medical supplies to Taez, the second desperately needed shipment to Yemen's rebel-besieged third city in a week.

The ICRC "has managed to enter the city of Taez, one of the worst-affected places in Yemen’s fighting, and deliver life-saving medical supplies," a statement said.

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Russia's Syria Military Targeting Must Change, Says Kerry

Russia must change its military targeting as it backs the Syrian regime, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, as world powers seek a cessation of hostilities in the country within a week.

"To date, the vast majority of Russia's attacks have been against legitimate opposition groups," Kerry said of Moscow's air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad's forces. 

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Palestinian Shot Dead in Attempt to Stab Israeli Soldier

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian woman as she tried to stab a soldier in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday, the army said in a statement.

"An assailant drew a knife and attempted to stab a soldier," it said. "Responding to the attack, forces fired at the perpetrator, resulting in her death."

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Report: Russia Sends Brand New Cruise Missile Ship to Syria

Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria.

The Zelyony Dol, a patrol ship armed with Kalibr cruise missiles that only joined the Black Sea fleet in December, departed for the Mediterranean, the Black Sea fleet said in a statement.

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Assad 'Deluded' in Claiming Military Solution, Says U.S.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is "deluded" if he thinks there is a military solution to the war in Syria, nearly five years into a brutal conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people, a U.S. official said Friday.

In an exclusive interview with AFP released earlier, the defiant Syrian strongman vowed to recapture Syria as a whole and keep "fighting terrorism."

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West Bank Village Defiant after Israeli Crackdown

With a four-day lockdown and economic sanctions, Israel cracked down hard on the West Bank village of Qabatiya after three of its sons killed a policewoman in a Jerusalem attack.

But residents of the hilltop village of 25,000 pledge to keep up their long history of struggle against foreign masters, come what may.

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Pentagon Says Syria Plan Won't Affect Anti-IS Strikes

A plan to cease hostilities in Syria agreed to by world powers will not affect operations of the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

"Our operations there will continue," Captain Jeff Davis said at a news conference.

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