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Syria Regime Advances on Rebels in Aleppo

Syrian government forces on Tuesday seized a rebel-held neighborhood on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, tightening their siege of the opposition-held parts of the city, a monitor said.

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2 Turkish Generals Serving in Afghanistan Held in UAE after Coup

Two Turkish generals serving in Afghanistan have been detained in Dubai on suspicion of links to the July 15 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Turkish official said Tuesday.

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U.N. Eyes Late August for Syria Talks as Kerry Sees 'Progress' with Russia

The U.N.'s Syria envoy voiced hope Tuesday that peace talks could restart next month, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there had been "progress" in efforts to salvage an urgently-needed ceasefire.

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W. Sahara Separatists Want U.N. Council to Press Morocco

Western Sahara's separatist Polisario Front urged the UN Security Council on Monday to boost pressure on Morocco to allow expelled UN staffers to return to their mission in the disputed territory.

The council is due to discuss Western Sahara on Tuesday to follow up on a resolution adopted in April that calls for the mission known as MINURSO to be fully restored.

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Carter: Russia, U.S. Not on Same Page on Syria

Russia, now discussing a military cooperation agreement with the United States in Syria, is still far from American positions, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday.

Talks led by Secretary of State John Kerry are aimed at seeing if "it's possible... for the Russians to begin to do the right thing in Syria," Carter said.

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U.S. Rejects Claim that IS Downed Military Plane in Iraq

The jihadist-linked Amaq agency claimed Monday that the Islamic State group had shot down an American aircraft in Iraq, but the U.S. military said the claim was false.

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Tunisians Rally against Bill that would Pardon Graft

Hundreds of Tunisian demonstrated Monday in the capital to protest against a bill being discussed in parliament to grant amnesty to people accused of corruption.

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Saudis Say Five Guards Killed in Clashes on Yemen Border

Five Saudi Arabian border guards were killed on Monday in clashes with "enemy elements" who tried to infiltrate the kingdom's border with war-wracked Yemen, the interior ministry said.

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Israel Hits Syria Target after Stray Fire on Golan

The Israeli air force struck a target in Syria Monday in response to stray fire from its war-wracked neighbor that hit the disputed Golan Heights, an army statement said.

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U.N. Syria Envoy to Meet U.S., Russian Officials Tuesday

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks Tuesday with top U.S. and Russian officials in Geneva in a bid to revive flagging peace talks, his office said.

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