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U.S. Soldier Commits Suicide at Kuwait Base

An American soldier stationed in Kuwait shot and killed himself on Thursday at a U.S. military base in the oil-rich Gulf state, the interior ministry said.

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Talks in Moscow, Ankara to Ease Damascus Water Crisis

The U.N.'s Syria envoy said Thursday meetings were taking place in Ankara and Moscow to avert a dangerous military escalation and help end the water crisis affecting millions in Damascus.

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Malta Says EU-Libya Talks Needed to Avert Migrant Flow

The EU should meet soon with Libyan authorities to try to avert the risk of an "unprecedented" migrant flow through the central Mediterranean, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned Thursday.

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More than 16,000 Iraqis Killed by Violence in 2016

Violence and military operations claimed the lives of more than 16,000 civilians in Iraq last year, a research group that tracks civilian deaths in Iraq said Thursday, making it one of the deadliest years for war-weary Iraqis since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

In its annual report, the London-based Iraqi Body Count reported that 16,361 civilian Iraqis died in 2016, with the northern province of Nineveh the worst hit at 7,431 people killed. The Iraqi capital, Baghdad, was next with 3,714 civilians killed, the research showed.

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EU Presidency Calls for Urgent Migrant Deal with Libya

The leader of the European Union's presidency says that record numbers of migrants will try to cross the Mediterranean this spring and he wants the EU to work with Libya now to stem the flow.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Thursday that "we will have a crisis."

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Netanyahu Calls Paris Peace Conference a 'Fraud'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called this weekend's Middle East peace conference in Paris a "fraud" on Thursday, with his government refusing to play any role in the meeting.

"This conference is a fraud, a Palestinian fraud supported by France, the aim of which is to adopt additional anti-Israeli positions," Netanyahu said during a meeting with the Norwegian foreign minister, according to his office.

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Syria Regime Strikes Kill Six Civilians

Syrian government air strikes killed at least six civilians, including four children, in Aleppo province on Thursday, despite a fragile two-week-old truce, a monitor said.

In neighbouring Idlib province, at least 22 jihadists were killed in air strikes over the past 24 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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'Afro-Palestinians' Forge a Unique Identity in Israel

In the shadow of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City lies the "African Quarter" — home to a little-known community of nearly 50 Arab families of African descent.

Descended from Muslim pilgrims from a variety of African countries, they now consider themselves proud Palestinians, despite widespread poverty and occasional discrimination from both Palestinians and Israelis. Several have even participated in violent attacks against Israel.

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IS Using Hobby Drones to Bomb Iraqi Forces in Mosul

Islamic State jihadists are using small commercial drones to attack Iraqi security forces in the battle for Mosul, a US commander said Wednesday.

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Syrian Army to Enter Area near Damascus, Water to Resume

The Syrian government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel-held region near Damascus and restore the capital's water supply, the provincial governor said Wednesday.

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