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One Dead, Three Wounded in Suspected IS Attack in Iraq

Suspected Islamic State group jihadists shot dead a man as he emerged from prayers at a mosque north of Baghdad and wounded three others, police said on Monday.

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Syria Strike Kills 8 Pro-Regime Fighters

An air strike near a US base in southeastern Syria has killed at least eight pro-government fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.

Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three other non-Syrian fighters were among the casualties of the strike carried out on Saturday, the war monitor said.

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Iran FM to Meet with Assad as Syria Showdown Looms

Iran's foreign minister held talks with officials in Syria on Monday as Syrian forces and their allies prepare for an assault on the last opposition stronghold in the country.

Syria's foreign ministry and Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said Mohammad Javad Zarif was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad upon his arrival in Damascus, and was to meet later with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Yemen Government Announces Pay Rise after Mass Protest

Yemen's embattled government has agreed to raise the salaries of thousands of public-sector employees, including pensioners, after hundreds of people protested in Aden against the rising cost of living. 

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Iraq's Sadr and Abadi Form Biggest Parliamentary Bloc

Sixteen political groupings in Iraq, including those of nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, late Sunday reached an accord to create the biggest bloc in parliament, capable of forming a new government.

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Analysts: Trump Aid Cuts Embolden Israel but Hurt Peace Prospects

U.S. President Donald Trump's swingeing cuts to aid for Palestinians will advance Israel's interests but risk compromising a U.S.-led peace push and raise tensions in the Middle East, analysts and diplomats said Saturday.

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Netanyahu Lauds U.S. Funding Halt to U.N. Palestinian Agency

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday lauded the U.S. decision to halt funding for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, arguing the body perpetuates the problem instead of solving it.

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Pope Warns of 'Humanitarian Catastrophe' in Syrian Rebel Bastion

Pope Francis on Sunday warned of a "human catastrophe" in the Syria's Idlib province, the last major rebel bastion which is being shelled by government forces.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces have been amassing along Idlib's borders for weeks and shelling rebel-held territory on a daily basis, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 

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Yemen Peace Talks Won't See Face-to-Face Meetings

Yemen's warring parties will not meet face-to-face at U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva this week which will likely focus on a prisoner exchange deal, government officials said Sunday.

The United Nations has invited Yemen's government and the Iran-backed Huthi rebels to Geneva for talks which open Thursday. 

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Blasts at Syrian Airbase near Damascus Kill Two

At least two pro-government forces were killed overnight in a string of explosions at a military airport near the Syrian capital, a monitoring group said on Sunday. 

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