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Israeli Soldier's Manslaughter Sentence Cut by a Third

An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant in a case that divided the country had his sentence reduced by a third Monday by a military parole board.

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Red Cross Chief Urges Access to Syria's Afrin

The head of the international Red Cross called Monday for access to civilians in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin, warning Turkish aid workers lacked credibility after Ankara-led forces took the city.

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In Damascus, Syrians Pray Ghouta Offensive Will End Shelling Nightmare

In the eastern Damascus suburb of Jaramana, a group of somber young Syrians lights candles under a massive portrait of two smiling men: brothers killed in rebel shelling on the capital. 

The district has been pounded by anti-government fighters entrenched in Eastern Ghouta, long the opposition's main enclave on the capital's outskirts but now facing a ferocious government assault. 

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Turkey Insists 'Won't Stay' in Syria's Afrin

Turkey on Monday insisted pro-Ankara forces did not plan to remain in Afrin as occupiers after they ousted Kurdish militia from the northern Syrian city.

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Erdogan Says Turkey to Expand Syria Op to Other Kurdish-Held Towns

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to expand Turkey's Syria campaign to other Kurdish-held areas up to the Iraqi border, a day after pro-Ankara forces ousted Kurdish militia from their former enclave of Afrin.

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Fresh Bombardment Kills 20 in Syria's Ghouta

At least 20 civilians have died in a resumption of bombing on Douma, the largest town in shrinking rebel-controlled pockets of Syria's Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said Monday. 

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Macron Tells Putin of 'Great Concern' over Situations in Afrin, Ghouta

French President Emmanuel Macron wished Vladimir Putin success Monday in "modernizing Russia" after his re-election, but urged Moscow to shed light on the "unacceptable" attempted assassination of an ex-spy in Britain.

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Assad Congratulates Putin on 'Natural' Victory

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday for winning a fourth presidential term, saying it was the result of his "outstanding performance."

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Cairo Voters Back Native Son Sisi despite Economic Woes

In Cairo's El-Gamaleya neighborhood where Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi grew up, residents reeling from rising prices plan to support the incumbent in this month's presidential election despite economic woes.

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EU Criticizes Turkey's Offensive in Syrian Town of Afrin

The European Union's top diplomat criticized Turkey on Monday over its military offensive in a northern Syrian town, calling on Ankara to ensure that fighting eases in the conflict-torn country.

The appeal came as looting was widely reported in the town captured a day earlier by Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters, according to residents and monitors. Meanwhile, Turkey's state-run news agency said 11 people — seven civilians and four Turkish-backed Syrian fighters — were killed in an explosion in a building in Afrin town center as it was being cleared of booby traps. Anadolu News agency said the bomb was reportedly left by Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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