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Israel Rearrests Freed Palestinian Hunger Striker

Israeli forces have rearrested a Palestinian journalist who was freed from prison last year after an extended hunger strike, his family and Israeli officials said Tuesday.

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IS Assault Halts WFP Aid Drops in Syria's Deir Ezzor

The World Food Programme said Tuesday it has suspended aid drops to the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor because of heavy fighting after a fierce assault by the Islamic State group.

IS has besieged Deir Ezzor's 100,000 residents since 2015 and already controls large parts of the city, but on Saturday advanced further inside remaining government-held territory.

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Syria Regime, Rebels Name Delegation Heads to Astana Talks

Syria's UN ambassador will head the government delegation to upcoming peace talks, a Syrian daily reported Tuesday, while the opposition said it would be represented by rebel negotiator Mohammad Alloush.

Talks on the nearly six-year-old conflict, organised by Turkey, Russia and Iran, are set to begin on January 23 in the Kazakh capital Astana.

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U.N. Envoy Meets with Yemen President as War Toll Hits 10,000

A U.N. envoy held talks with Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday as the United Nations said the death toll from the war had reached 10,000.

The envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, was in Aden for the meeting that focused on a return to a ceasefire and to political talks to end the nearly two-year war.

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Morocco Parliament Elects Speaker in Absence of New Govt.

Morocco's parliament elected a new speaker on Monday, three months after elections that left the country, which aims to rejoin the African Union, without a government.

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Saudi Arabia 'Optimistic' about Trump's Rule

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia is "optimistic" about Donald Trump's impending presidency, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday, hailing Trump's stern line on arch-Saudi rival Iran and promise to defeat the Islamic State group.

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U.N. Agencies Issue Joint Statement on Syria

Several United Nations agencies on Monday issued a joint statement on the situation in war-torn Syria, which is currently witnessing a fragile ceasefire.

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After Paris, Israelis and Palestinians Look to Trump's U.S.

Israel and the Palestinians remain as far apart as ever after a Paris conference, with attention now turning to whether U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will shake up the long-stagnant Middle East peace process.

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Iraqi Troops Advance in Eastern Mosul amid Fierce Clashes

A senior Iraqi commander says fierce clashes between special forces and Islamic State militants are taking place in two neighborhoods in eastern Mosul.

The head of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, told Iraqi state TV on Monday that his forces pushed deeper into the Shurta and Andalus neighborhoods. Al-Asadi described the streets as "clean" of the bombs that IS militants usually plant to derail the troops' movement.

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Syrian Rebel Groups Say will Attend Astana Peace Talks

Syrian rebel groups will attend talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at bringing an end to the country's nearly six-year war, rebel officials told AFP on Monday. 

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