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UN Envoy in Yemen for 'Sternest' Talks as Famine Stalks

The UN Yemen envoy faced his "sternest test" on Wednesday as he flew into the rebel-held capital Sanaa for talks on averting all-out fighting for the lifeline port of Hodeida and widespread famine.

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Deadliest Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan

A suicide attack that claimed the lives of at least 55 people at a religious event marking the Prophet Mohammad's birthday in Kabul on Tuesday is among the deadliest in the country since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

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Amnesty Launches Drive to Track Impact of U.S. Strikes

Amnesty International on Wednesday launched a crowdsourcing data project using satellite imagery to assess damage from US-led coalition air strikes last year on the Syrian city of Raqa.

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Iranian FM Mocks Trump Statement on Saudi Prince

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has issued a mocking response to President Donald Trump's announcement that he would stick by Saudi Arabia despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Syria's Druze Reject Assad's Call to Serve

Nearly eight years into the Syrian war, Selim still refuses to perform his military service, just like many fellow Druze from Sweida province rejecting the regime's conscription call.

"I don't want to get involved in the Syrian bloodbath," said the 27-year-old, who gave a pseudonym for fear of reprisals.

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U.N. Prepares Ground for Yemen Peace Talks as Battles Flare

U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing Tuesday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden, after fresh fighting shook the flashpoint city of Hodeida.

Griffiths -- whose efforts at kickstarting peace talks failed in September -- is again trying to get the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government to the negotiating table by the end of the year.

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U.N. in Final Push for Syria Constitutional Committee

The U.N envoy for Syria has signaled that he is ready to abandon efforts to set up a committee on drafting a post-war constitution if no deal is reached by the end of December.

The planned constitutional committee agreed at a Russia-hosted conference in January has run into objections from the Syrian government over allowing religious leaders, representatives from women's groups and independent experts to take part.

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Saudi, UAE Announce $500 Million in Aid to War-Torn Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which lead a military coalition against the Huthi rebels in Yemen, announced Tuesday $500 million in aid to the country on the brink of famine.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will each give $250 million in response to the food crisis to support more than 10 million people, said Abdullah Rabeeah, general supervisor at King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.

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Trump Dilemma: Preserve Saudi Alliance or Declare MBS a 'Murderer'

The Saudi assassination of a U.S.-based journalist has put President Donald Trump in an intractable bind.

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Police Recommend Fraud Indictment for Israeli Minister

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended the indictment of Interior Minister Arye Deri for fraud and breach of trust in an investigation related to real estate sales.

The attorney general will now decide whether to charge Deri, who heads ultra-Orthodox Jewish party Shas and has previously served prison time for corruption.

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