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Syrian Kurds Open 'Mission' in Paris

Syrian Kurds, who in March unilaterally proclaimed the creation of a federal region in northern Syria, on Monday opened a representative office in central Paris with several celebrities attending the launch.

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Iraq Justice Ministry Announces Execution of 22 Convicts

Iraq has executed 22 people over the past month who were convicted of terrorism and other crimes, the justice minister announced on Monday.

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U.N. Urges 'Safe Corridors' for Iraqi Civilians in Fallujah

The United Nations called Monday for "safe corridors" to be set up to allow Iraqi civilians to flee a military offensive against Islamic State jihadists in Fallujah.

Some 50,000 civilians in the city are at "great risk" during a campaign against IS fighters by the Iraqi army backed by militias, said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

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U.N., U.S. Condemn IS Bombings in Syria, Concerned about Escalation

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in two Syrian coastal cities and voiced concern about the military escalation in and around Damascus.

More than 148 people were killed in the bomb blasts at bus stations, hospitals and a power station in the cities of Jableh and Tartus, two strongholds of President Bashar Assad's regime.

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U.S. Says Kerry Urged Lavrov to Press for End of Syrian Bombing of Rebels

The United States urged Russia on Monday to press Syria to stop bombing opposition forces and civilians in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs.

The appeal came in a phone call from Secretary of State John Kerry to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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EU to Train Libyan Coast Guard to Fight Migrant Smuggling

The European Union agreed Monday to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat migrant smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.

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Rights Group Says Bahrain Not Allowing Activist's Toddler Out of Jail

Bahraini authorities have turned down a request by the family of a jailed female opposition activist to allow her toddler out of prison, a rights group said Monday.

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Foreign Media Union Slams Israel Strip-Search Demand

Israel's foreign media union condemned a demand for a photographer to submit to a strip search before entering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Monday.

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Talks to Expand Israeli Government Hit 'Dead End'

Negotiations to bring a hardline nationalist party into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition have reached a "dead end", the head of the party said Monday.

Netanyahu, however, said talks were continuing and expressed confidence that a deal with former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu would be reached.

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Palestinian Woman Tries to Stab Policeman, Shot Dead

A Palestinian woman tried to stab an Israeli border policeman at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Monday and was shot dead, Israeli police said.

No injuries were reported among the police in the incident at the Biddu checkpoint. Border police fired in the air before shooting her when she continued to move toward them with a knife, authorities said.

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