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Iraq PM Seeks to Soothe Security Concern on Saudi Visit

Iraq will never become a launchpad for attacks on Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi has pledged during a long-awaited visit to the kingdom aimed at forging closer economic and security ties.

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As under Trump, U.S. Report Avoids 'Occupied Territories'

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration held off Tuesday on using the term "Occupied Territories" in an annual human rights report, a formulation abandoned by staunchly pro-Israel predecessor Donald Trump.

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French IS Widow in Syria Camp, Veil-Free, Wants to 'Go Home'

In a Syrian detention camp for people linked to the Islamic State group, French mother-of-five Emilie Konig has swapped her all-engulfing black robe for a sweatshirt and baseball cap. 

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U.S. Extends Iraq's Sanction Waiver ahead of talks

The US has granted Iraq the maximum extension to a sanctions waiver allowing it to import Iranian gas ahead of talks next month, an Iraqi official told AFP on Wednesday.

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Yemen Receives First Coronavirus Vaccines, Says UN

War-torn Yemen received the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday, the UN children's agency said, a week after the country's coronavirus committee warned of a public health "emergency".

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UN Points to Yemen's Huthis for December Attack on Aden Airport

A deadly attack on December 30, 2020 on Aden airport in Yemen was carried out with missiles similar to those possessed by Huthi rebels and fired from locations under their control, according to a report submitted to the UN Security Council.

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Israel President Says to Pick Leader to Form Govt. by April 7

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin has said he will pick a candidate to form the next government by April 7, following a tightly fought general election.

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Syrian Refugee Ends German Election Bid over 'Racism'

The first Syrian refugee to run for a seat in the German parliament has withdrawn his candidacy due to racism and threats, the environmentalist Green party said Tuesday.

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Kurds Say 53 IS Members Arrested in Syria's Al-Hol Camp

Kurdish forces said Tuesday they had arrested 53 suspected Islamic State group members in a northeast Syria camp for relatives of jihadists, in an anti-IS security operation.

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EU, U.S. Pledge Over $1 Billion to Tackle Syria's Crisis

The European Union and the United States pledged a combined $1.2 billion in aid Tuesday to help tackle war-ravaged Syria's deepening humanitarian and economic crises.

The promise of aid comes amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic and as the war enters its 11th year without a political solution in sight. The 27-nation EU and the U.S. announced their commitments on the final day of an annual pledging event co-hosted by the United Nations.

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