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Syria Death Toll Tops 370,000 in 8 Years of War

Eight years of war in Syria have left more than 370,000 people dead including 112,000 civilians, a monitor said Friday.

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Gaza Border Protests Called Off after Israel Air Raids

Weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border were called off Friday after a military escalation between the Jewish state and Palestinian militants in the territory, organisers announced.

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Two Rockets Fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv

Two rockets were fired from Gaza toward the greater Tel Aviv district on Thursday night, the Israeli army said, without giving further information.

Shortly before the army announcement alarm sirens sounded in Tel Aviv and neighboring towns, and Israeli media reported that Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system opened fire.

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NGO Says Palestinian Land Seized by Israeli Army, Given to Settlers

Israel grabbed over 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of Palestinian land in the past 50 years, citing security needs, but nearly half has gone to its West Bank settlements, an Israeli NGO said Thursday.

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Algeria Premier Urges Calm ahead of Key Anti-Bouteflika Demos

Algeria's new prime minister sought to calm tensions Thursday ahead of planned demonstrations that could be decisive for the protest movement calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.

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Washington No Longer Refers to Golan as 'Israel-Occupied'

The US no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change. 

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Turkey, Russia Eye Closer Coordination on Syria

Turkey and Russia are discussing a "coordination centre" to better manage their operations in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province, Turkey's defence minister said.

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Palestinian President Slams U.S. Dropping 'Occupied' in Report

A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has criticised a US move to no longer refer to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights as occupied territories in its annual human rights report.

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Diehard Syria Jihadists Go Down All Guns Blazing

Their last Syrian bastion is levelled and burned, they are using rifles to battle warplanes and tanks, but the hardline jihadists holding out in Baghouz are still putting up a fight.

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Donors Pledge $7 Billion Aid for Syrians at Brussels Conference

International donors on Thursday pledged nearly $7 billion in aid for 2019 for civilians caught up in Syria's bloody civil war but the total fell short of what the U.N. says is needed.

EU Humanitarian Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced the total at the end of a three-day conference of 80 countries and organizations in Brussels, on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the start of the conflict.

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