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U.N. Chief Urges Halt to War in 'Hell on Earth' Syria's Ghouta

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for an immediate halt to fighting in Eastern Ghouta where a Syrian government bombing campaign has turned the rebel-held enclave into "hell on Earth" for civilians.

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Syrians Cower in Basements as Bombs Pound Enclave

For several days, residents of the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave near Damascus have huddled, terrified, in basements and bomb shelters as regime air strikes pound their towns to rubble.

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U.S. Envoys Want U.N. to Back Trump's Mideast Peace Plan

U.S. President Donald Trump's two top envoys on the Middle East told U.N. Security Council ambassadors that they hope for their support for the upcoming peace plan, diplomats said.

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African Migrants Start Hunger Strike over Israel Expulsion

Hundreds of African migrants launched a hunger strike to protest Israel's implementation of its controversial policy to expel or indefinitely imprison them, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

Israel has resolved to expel thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese who entered illegally over the years, giving them an ultimatum to leave or risk being imprisoned indefinitely.

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Russia Requests U.N. Security Council Meeting on Eastern Ghouta

Russia called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to be held Thursday on the violence engulfing Eastern Ghouta after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described life for civilians in the rebel-held Syrian enclave as "hell on earth." 

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Berlin Says Russia, Iran Must Help End 'Massacre' in Syria's Ghouta

Germany on Wednesday urged Russia and Iran to push the Syrian regime to end the deadly airstrikes on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, noting that the two had pledged to be guarantors of peace in Syria.

"One has to ask where is Russia, where is Iran, which had pledged in Astana to guarantee a ceasefire also in Eastern Ghouta," said Steffen Seibert, spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, referring to peace talks in the Kazakh capital.

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Three Militiamen Killed in Libya Car Bomb Attack

Three militiamen from forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were killed Wednesday in a car bomb attack in the central Waddan region, a militia spokesman said. 

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Turkey Says Whoever Helps Kurd Militia in Syria is 'Legitimate Target'

Turkey on Wednesday said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.

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Enclaves Bombarded by the Syrian Regime

Before Eastern Ghouta there was Homs, Aleppo, Daraya -- rebel towns and enclaves that the Syrian regime pounded and besieged, forcing fighters to give up their arms and civilians to flee.

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Red Cross Demands Access to Wounded in Syria Enclave

The International Committee of the Red Cross asked Wednesday for access to an enclave near Syria's capital where a regime aerial campaign has killed over 300 civilians and wounded 1,400 others this week.

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