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Kuwait Names New Oil Minister as Cabinet Formed

Kuwait's prime minister formed a cabinet Saturday that includes a new oil minister but keeps all the ruling family members, following elections in which the opposition performed well.

The government has seven new faces including Essam al-Marzouk who was named minister of oil, electricity and water.

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US-Backed Alliance Announces 'Phase Two' of Raqa Campaign

A US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters announced on Saturday "phase two" of its campaign for the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa.

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Norway Expresses Concern over Israeli Settlement Bill

Norway has expressed concern over a planned Israeli bill that would allow expanded construction in major West Bank settlements.

Marit Berger Roesland of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that the proposed law "cast doubts about Israel's declared support for the two-state solution."

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New Raids on Rebel Aleppo ahead of Talks to Save City

Fresh air strikes pummelled the shrinking rebel enclave in Aleppo on Saturday ahead of parallel talks in France and Switzerland aimed at saving the Syrian city from "complete" destruction.

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US is Sending 200 More Troops to Syria to Battle IS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.

Carter made the announcement Saturday at a security conference in Manama, Bahrain.

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Turkey Court Drops Case against Israelis over Ship Storming

An Istanbul court on Friday dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship bound for Gaza that caused an over half-decade crisis in ties.

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Johnson Says Britain Committed to Gulf Security

Britain "is back" in the Gulf region and stepping up its security commitment, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson told regional policymakers on Friday.

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Kerry Says U.S.-Russia Talks Saturday in Bid to 'Save' Aleppo from Destruction

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that U.S. and Russian officials would meet on Saturday in a bid to stop the Syrian city of Aleppo "being absolutely, completely destroyed."

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U.N. Votes by Strong Majority to Demand Syria Ceasefire

The U.N. General Assembly on Friday demanded an immediate ceasefire in Syria and urgent aid deliveries in a resolution adopted by a strong majority as Syrian forces launched another assault on Aleppo.

The measure drafted by Canada passed by a vote of 122 to 13 in the 193-nation assembly, with 36 abstentions. Russia, Iran and China opposed the resolution.

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Coalition Air Strike Destroys 168 IS Oil Trucks in Syria

A U.S.-led coalition air strike destroyed a fleet of 168 oil tankers being used by the Islamic State group to ferry illicit fuel in Syria, the coalition said Friday.

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