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Trump Says Russia, Iran Behavior in Syria a 'Disgrace'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday slammed as a "disgrace" the actions of the Syrian government and its Iranian and Russian backers, as the world struggles to stop a deadly assault on a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

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Palestinians Enraged as U.S. Says to Open Jerusalem Embassy in May

The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with Israel's 70th birthday -- and enraging Palestinians, who called it a "blatant provocation."

Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel's capital, and say it could destroy a two-state solution to the decades-old Middle East conflict.

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Strikes Pound Syria Enclave as World Fumbles for Response

Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day Friday killing 38 civilians, as the world struggled to reach a deal to stop the carnage.

More than 460 civilians, including over 100 children, have been killed in nearly a week of bombardment that has been one of the seven-year Syrian conflict's bloodiest episodes -- and rescuers were searching for more bodies buried in the rubble.

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Moscow Calls for 'Guarantees' in Proposed U.N. Syria Ceasefire

Russia on Friday criticized a proposed U.N. resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, demanding that there be "guarantees" that the truce would be respected by the rebel fighters.

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Fates Vary of Foreign Jihadists Held in Iraq and Syria

Iraq and Syria's Kurds have netted foreign jihadists by the thousands but while the former is expediting trials, the latter would rather send them home.

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EU Leaders Push for Ceasefire in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

European leaders called Friday for an immediate ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid and evacuations after more than 400 civilians were killed in the rebel-held region of Eastern Ghouta.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him to back a U.N. Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in Syria, France's presidency said.

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Mideast Peace Proposal Nearly Ready, Says U.S. Envoy to U.N.

The United States ambassador to the United Nations has said that a proposal for a long awaited peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians is near completion

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Yazidi Survivor Won't Return to Iraq for Fear of New 'Genocide'

Farida Abbas Khalaf, one of thousands of Yazidi women abducted, raped and brutalized by Islamic State group fighters, says the jihadists' departure has not made it safe to return to Iraq.

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Turkey Urges Russia, Iran to 'Stop' Syrian Regime in Ghouta

Turkey on Friday called on Russia and Iran to "stop" the Syrian bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta after more than 400 civilians were killed there since Sunday.

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UN Security Council to Vote Friday on Syria Ceasefire

The UN Security Council will vote Friday at 1600 GMT on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said.

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