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Russia Asks Syria to Halt Bombing during U.N. Peace Talks

Russia has called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop his bombing campaign while peace talks take place this week, but a political breakthrough on the six-year war remains unlikely, the U.N.'s envoy said Wednesday.

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U.N. Concerned over New West Bank Demolition Plans

The United Nations raised concerns Wednesday over newly announced demolition plans in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that threaten dozens of buildings including a primary school. 

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Tunisia Torture Cases Falling but Abuses Persist

Cases of torture in Tunisia are falling but abuses persist in prisons and detention centers, a rights group said Wednesday.

The Tunisian Organization Against Torture (OCTT) reported 153 torture cases in the North African country from January to November. There were 250 cases in the previous year.

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20 Arrested as Bahrain Approves Military Trial of Civilians

Bahraini police have arrested 20 people in a crackdown on Shiite villages, as legislators approved a constitutional amendment that could see civilians tried in military courts in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

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Canada to Welcome 1,200 Yezidi Refugees from Iraq

Canada will resettle 1,200 Yezidi refugees who faced persecution by the Islamic State group, the immigration minister said Tuesday.

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Top Yemen Commander Killed as Rebels Hit Back

Yemeni rebels hit back at government forces advancing up the Red Sea coast killing a deputy army commander in a missile strike, a military source said on Wednesday.

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Italy Rescues 630 Migrants Drifting Off Libya

Italy's coast guard has rescued about 630 migrants off the coast of Libya who were trying to cross the Mediterranean.

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Palestinian Journalist Released after 10 Months in Israel Jail

A senior Palestinian journalist has been released after 10 months in an Israeli jail without charge, he told AFP on Tuesday.

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U.N. Says Syria Talks Remain Focused on 'Political Transition'

Upcoming Syria peace talks remain focused on negotiating a "political transition" in the war-ravaged country, the U.N. mediator's office said Tuesday, following concern the U.N. was backing away from that aim. 

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Palestinian Family, Rights Groups Slam Israeli Soldier Sentence

The family of a Palestinian attacker killed by an Israeli soldier reacted angrily to his sentencing to 18 months on Tuesday, labeling the trial a "farce."

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