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Air Strike Kills 8 Iraq Paramilitaries in East Syria

An air strike in eastern Syria killed eight fighters of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force overnight, a war monitor said on Friday.

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Israel Releases Man Convicted of Spying for Syria

Israel has announced the release of two prisoners -- one of whom was convicted of spying for Syria -- as part of a swap deal brokered by Russia.

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Libya's Haftar Rejects Ankara, Moscow's Call for Ceasefire

Eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar late Thursday rejected calls for a ceasefire by Turkey and Russia and announced a continuation of his military operations against a U.N.-recognized government.

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Ethiopia and Egypt Fail to Clinch Nile Dam Deal

Ethiopia and Egypt failed to resolve a long-running dispute over a massive dam being built on the Blue Nile River during the latest round of talks this week.

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Saudi Arabia Condemns 'Iranian Violations of Iraqi Sovereignty'

Saudi Arabia condemned Thursday "Iranian violations of Iraqi sovereignty" after Iran fired missiles at Iraq bases where U.S. troops are deployed in retaliation for the killing of a top commander.

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Europe, N. Africa in Diplomatic Flurry to Avoid 'Second Syria' in Libya

Europe and North Africa have launched a diplomatic offensive to try to prevent Libya, with the increased involvement of international players in its conflict, from turning into a "second Syria".

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Haftar's Sirte Seizure Major Blow to Libya Government, Analysts Say

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's capture of the strategic city of Sirte on Monday was a major setback for Tripoli's UN-recognised government, analysts say.

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Iraq Set for Conflict, Even if US and Iran De-escalate

Arch-foes Tehran and Washington may be temporarily calling it even after Iranian missiles targeted US forces in Iraq, but analysts predict violent instability will keep blighting Baghdad.

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NATO Chief Backs Trump: Allies Can Do More in Mideast

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday and agreed that the western allies should take a more prominent role in the Middle East.

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Germany Warns of 'Second Syria' as EU Hosts Libya PM

EU leaders met the head of Libya's U.N.-recognized government Wednesday as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could deteriorate into a "second Syria."

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