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Turkey Asks U.S. to Lift Syria Observation Posts

Turkey on Friday asked the U.S. to scrap observation posts in northern Syria aimed at helping prevent clashes between Turkish forces and a Kurdish militia backed by Washington.

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Yemen Rebels Refuse Sanaa Airport as Domestic Hub

Yemen's Huthi rebels on Friday turned down a government demand that Sanaa international airport, shut for years in a war between the two rivals, be reopened as a hub for domestic flights.

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Yemen Rebels Rebuff Govt. Demand for Hodeida Withdrawal

Yemen's Huthi rebels will not hand over the key port of Hodeida to the rival government, a rebel representative said Friday, as the two parties met for U.N.-brokered talks in Sweden.

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Sara Netanyahu Grilled on New Fraud Allegation

Police were questioning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara on Friday on new suspicions of fraudulently misusing public funds, Israeli media reported.

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Military Offensive Still Option if Rebels Reject Hodeida Withdrawal, Yemen Minister

A government offensive on Yemen's Hodeida is still an option if rebels refuse to withdraw from the port city, a minister said Thursday, as the warring sides met for UN-brokered talks.

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Qatar Injects More Cash into Gaza for Hamas Employees

Employees of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip began collecting their salaries for a second month Friday, after Qatar pumped more cash into the territory with Israel's blessings.

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How Did Yemen's Rebels Survive the Saudi-Led Onslaught?

Yemen's Huthi rebels sit at the negotiating table in Sweden with delegates of the internationally recognised government, undefeated on the battlefield and still firmly in control of the capital Sanaa.

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Saudi Guarantees on Detained Activists 'Not Good Enough', Says HRW

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to allow independent observers access to detained women's rights activists, saying Riyadh's assurances of their well-being could not be trusted following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Israel's Netanyahu Hails UN Hamas Vote despite Defeat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hailed majority backing in the UN General Assembly for condemning militant group Hamas even though a draft resolution failed to win enough votes to pass.

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Assad Announces $9 Billion Budget for 2019

Syria's president on Thursday announced a budget for 2019 of almost $9 billion, of which around a third has been allocated to investment projects including in areas ravaged by the war.

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