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U.N. Launches Aid Delivery from Jordan to 650,000 Syrians

The United Nations said Sunday it began delivering aid to hundreds of thousands of Syrians through the Jaber-Nassib border crossing with Jordan, which reopened two months ago. 

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Yemen Rebels Open to More Talks if 'Progress' Made in Sweden

Yemen's Huthi rebels are open to more talks with the rival government if progress is made this week at U.N.-brokered negotiations in Sweden, a spokesman said on Sunday.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council: An Alliance in Crisis

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which holds its annual summit Sunday in Riyadh amid a deep crisis, groups Sunni Muslim-led monarchies sitting on a third of the world's oil reserves.

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Qatar Emir Skips Saudi-Hosted Summit with Gulf Rivals

Qatar said its emir will skip a summit Sunday of Arab Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia, which has spearheaded a boycott of the small but energy-flush neighbour and sparked a major regional diplomatic row.

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Regional Crises Cloud Gulf Summit in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia hosts a summit of Arab Gulf leaders Sunday as crises brew over a bitter diplomatic dispute with Qatar, the war in Yemen and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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US Accuses Russia of Lying on Syria Attack to Undermine Truce

The United States and Britain accused Russia on Friday of fabricating a story about chemical weapons use by Syrian rebels and warned Moscow against undermining a shaky truce.

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IS Fights to Hang on a Year after Defeat in Iraq

A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.

Cornered in the desert near the Iraqi border with nowhere to run, the militants are putting up a fierce fight, inflicting hundreds of casualties among their opponents and releasing a stream of beheading videos reminiscent of the extremist group's terrifying propaganda at the height of its power.

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Turkey Asks U.S. to Lift Syria Observation Posts

Turkey on Friday asked the U.S. to scrap observation posts in northern Syria aimed at helping prevent clashes between Turkish forces and a Kurdish militia backed by Washington.

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Yemen Rebels Refuse Sanaa Airport as Domestic Hub

Yemen's Huthi rebels on Friday turned down a government demand that Sanaa international airport, shut for years in a war between the two rivals, be reopened as a hub for domestic flights.

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Yemen Rebels Rebuff Govt. Demand for Hodeida Withdrawal

Yemen's Huthi rebels will not hand over the key port of Hodeida to the rival government, a rebel representative said Friday, as the two parties met for U.N.-brokered talks in Sweden.

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