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Monitor Suggests Arms Transferred from Russia to Rebel-Held East Ukraine

An independent watchdog on Thursday told AFP it had seen vehicles carrying weaponry enter rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine from Russia over the last week, appearing to contradict Moscow's claim it is not arming separatists.

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EU-Arab Summit Set for February 24-25 in Egypt

European Union and Arab leaders will meet in Egypt in late February for their first summit as part of efforts to forge a new European-African alliance and fight migrant smuggling, officials said Thursday.

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U.S. Downgrades Palestinian Mission into Israel Embassy

The United States downgraded its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians on Thursday, placing it under the authority of the U.S. embassy to Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, would be replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

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Hamas Pledges Gaza Rocket Fire Probe as Calm Returns

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas on Thursday pledged to launch an investigation into rocket fire at Israel the previous day, in an apparent bid to calm fears of a new war.

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U.S. to Appoint Qatar Ambassador amid Gulf Row

The United States has said it would appoint an ambassador to Qatar, after a 16-month gap during which Doha has been at the centre of a regional diplomatic crisis.

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EU Slams Italy's 'Unprecedented' Deviation from Budget Rules

The European Commission on Thursday formally warned Italy that its budget plans for 2019 are a serious concern for Europe and an unprecedented deviation of EU budget rules.

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Stocks Fall as U.S. Treasury Secretary Says to Skip Saudi Investment Conference

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he will skip next week's Saudi investment summit, dealing another blow to Riyadh following the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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What We Know about the Crimea Gunman So Far

As the probe into the Crimea college shooting continues, details are emerging about the personal life of the teenage gunman who killed 20 people before killing himself.

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Head of U.N. Humanitarian Taskforce for Syria to Step Down

A day after the U.N. envoy for Syria announced his planned departure, the head of the humanitarian taskforce for the war-ravaged country said Thursday he would also resign next month.

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U.S. Gives KSA 'Few More Days' on Khashoggi

The United States will give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to work on its probe into the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

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