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UN Cross-border Aid to Syria Hangs on Russian Decision

The UN will announce Friday the  results of a vote on a resolution to prolong cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria, the authorization for which expires that evening. 

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Israelis Angry at Netanyahu over New Outbreak, Economic Pain

With an unprecedented new surge in coronavirus cases battering Israel's economy, one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants was dispatched to a TV studio recently to calm the nerves of a jittery nation. Instead, he dismissed expressions of some of the public's economic pain as "BS."

The flippant comment by Cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi is symptomatic of what critics see as a bloated, out-of-touch government. It also has become a rallying cry for anti-Netanyahu protests spreading, like the virus, across the country.

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Iran Signs Agreement to Bolster Syria's Air Defense Systems

Iran's military chief has signed an agreement with Syria's president to reinforce Syria's air defense systems as part of a military cooperation agreement, Iranian state TV reported Friday.

Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, met with Syria President Bashar Assad during his second visit to Syria since 2019.

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Yemen Fuel Supplies 'Weaponised', Putting Millions at Risk

A fuel shortage is blighting life in the swathes of Yemen controlled by Huthi rebels, cutting electricity supplies, halting water pumps and stranding people in need of medical care as warring sides trade blame.

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Moscow Push to Reduce U.N. Cross-Border Aid to Syria Fails

A Russian bid to get the United Nations to reduce cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria was voted down by the Security Council, an official said.

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Iraq PM Pays Respects to Slain Scholar's Family, Calls Him 'Hero'

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi paid his respects on Wednesday to the family of slain scholar and government advisor Hisham al-Hashemi, pledging to "avenge" his death.

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Syria Condemned at Chemical Warfare Watchdog over Sarin Attacks

Member countries of the global toxic arms watchdog voted overwhelmingly Thursday to take action on a probe that blamed Syria for nerve gas attacks for the first time, diplomats said.

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Saudi, Briton Join Race for Top WTO Post ahead of Deadline

Britain and Saudi Arabia put forward late entries Wednesday for the contest to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, joining six others hoping to lead the Geneva-based trade body that has faced scorn and pressure from the Trump administration.

The candidacies came in just before the deadline in the race to succeed the current WTO chief, Brazil's Roberto Azevedo. He made a surprise announcement in May that he would leave the job a year early, citing a "personal decision."

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Russia, China Veto U.N. Extension of Cross-Border Aid in Syria

Russia and China have vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have extended authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria for a year, though Moscow swiftly proposed a more limited extension.

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Killing of Iraq Expert Stirs Fear of New Violent Phase

The killing of jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi has stirred fears Iraq is entering a dark and violent phase, as boiling tensions between pro-Iran factions and the government reach new heights.

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