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Over 150,000 Displaced in NW Syria in a Week

Violence in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib has displaced more than 150,000 people in the past week, the U.N. said Tuesday, as the regime and Russia upped deadly bombardment of the jihadist bastion.

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Palestinians Turn to EU to Counter Kushner Plan

The Palestinians are asking the European Union to pick up the mantle in defense of the two-state solution if the upcoming U.S. peace plan ditches Palestinian statehood, their U.N. envoy said Tuesday.

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Libya's Haftar Forces Say Warplane Downed near Tripoli

Troops loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Tuesday they shot down a warplane of rival forces of Libya's unity government near Tripoli and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot.

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Israelis, Palestinians Welcome Truce but Fear More Violence

After a weekend of deadly Palestinian fire on the Israeli city of Ashkelon, the underground bunker where public officials studied CCTV and incoming rockets from Gaza was hushed Monday after a tentative ceasefire.

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Saudi Sisters who Fled to Georgia Say Granted 'New Home'

Two Saudi sisters who fled to Georgia saying they feared being killed if they returned home posted on social media Tuesday that they have now obtained Georgian passports and are moving to a third country.

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Escalation in Syria's Idlib Rattles Months-Old Truce

Air strikes and shelling killed eight civilians in northwestern Syria Tuesday after deadly clashes between pro-government forces and jihadists rattled a months-old truce and sparked a new wave of displacement.

At least 53 fighters have been killed since Monday, in one of the deadliest flare-ups since a demilitarised zone around the Idlib region was agreed in September last year, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 

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Jihadists Frustrate Aid Effort in Northwest Syria

Threats, interference and aid deliveries in jeopardy -- relief workers say jihadists are adding to the huge challenges they face in violence-plagued northwest Syria where a fragile ceasefire is at risk.

The Idlib region, controlled by a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, is one of the last areas of the country that President Bashar al-Assad has yet to recapture.

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Qatar Allocates $480 mn in Aid to Palestinians

Qatar said Tuesday it has allocated $480 million in aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority to support education and health services and provide urgent humanitarian relief.

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Libya Air Strikes Point to Possible UAE Involvement, UN Report Says

United Nations experts are investigating missile strikes near Libya's capital that were fired likely using Chinese-made drones and point to possible involvement by the United Arab Emirates, a confidential report shows.

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UN Calls for Civilian Protection in Northwestern Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the warring parties in Syria's northwest, where the Syrian government and its ally Russia have stepped up bombardments, to protect civilians and respect a ceasefire.

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