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U.S.-Backed Fighters Seize East Syria Village from IS

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters Tuesday seized a key village from the Islamic State jihadist group, further chipping away at their last eastern holdout on the Iraqi border, a Britain-based monitor said.

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U.N. Security Council Heads for Vote on Yemen Observer Mission

Britain on Tuesday requested a vote at the UN Security Council on establishing a six-month observer mission to monitor a ceasefire in Yemen and oversee a pullback of forces, diplomats said.

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First Food Aid in Six Months Reaches Two Yemen Areas

A slowdown in fighting in Yemen's Hodeida province has allowed the U.N. to deliver more than 3,000 tonnes of food to two areas for the first time in six months, the World Food Program said Tuesday. 

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West Bank Palestinians Strike against Social Security Law

Thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank joined a strike on Tuesday against their government's proposed new social security law, fearing the fund will be mismanaged.

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Netanyahu Tells Iran to Get Out of Syria 'Fast'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Iran to quickly remove its forces from neighboring Syria or face continued attacks on them by Israel.

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Erdogan Says Turkey to Set Up Syria 'Security Zone' Suggested by Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Ankara would set up a "security zone" in northern Syria suggested by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Winter Weather Killed 15 Displaced Children in Syria, Says UN

Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported Tuesday.

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Jordan Agrees to Host Yemen Talks about Prisoner Exchange

Jordan says it has agreed to host U.N-brokered negotiations between Yemen's warring sides about a prisoner exchange.

The kingdom's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Jordan accepted a request by the special U.N. envoy for Yemen to host the talks but did not say when they would be held.

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Powerful Union Calls for Strike as Tunisia Marks Revolt Anniversary

Tunisia's powerful UGTT trade union on Monday called for a strike as the country, grappling with economic hardships, marked the eighth anniversary of the 2011 revolution that toppled its longtime dictator.

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Al-Qaida's Shadow Still Hangs over Syria's Idlib

The jihadist group now controlling Idlib province in northwest Syria claims to have broken with al-Qaida, but analysts say that despite several rebrandings there's no sign it has changed its stripes.

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