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Turkey Says Will Lay Siege to Syria's Afrin in Coming Days

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkish forces would soon lay siege to Syria's Afrin as a cross-border offensive targeting a Kurdish militia entered its second month.

On January 20, Ankara launched an air and ground operation supporting Syrian rebels against the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

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New Woes for Netanyahu as Associates Probed in Fresh Graft Cases

Israeli police said on Tuesday that two associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were suspected of offering a judge promotion in return for closing a criminal case against the premier's wife.

The new investigation stemmed from a separate probe into alleged bribery in the form of positive news coverage of Netanyahu in return for business concessions worth millions made public just hours earlier.

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UN Demands End to Targeting Civilians in Syria Enclave after 100 Die

The UN has demanded an end to the targeting of civilians in Syria after a heavy bombardment killed at least 100 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to be preparing for an imminent ground assault.

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Iraqi State Holds Key to Yazidi Return to Sinjar, ICG Says

Iraq must stabilise the northern region of Sinjar to help the Yazidi minority brutalised at the hands of the Islamic State group return home, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday.

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Turkey's Syria Offensive Enters 2nd Month with Slow Progress

Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria will enter a second month Tuesday having made little progress while straining relations with Washington and The European Union.

Ankara on January 20 launched a cross-border air and ground operation against the People's Protection Units (YPG) supporting Syrian rebels in the Afrin region.

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Palestinian Leader Goes to the UN to Counter US on Jerusalem

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will urge world powers at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to stand up to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and establish a revamped peace process.

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77 Dead, 300 Hurt in Syria Regime Bombardment of Rebel Enclave

At least 77 civilians were killed on Monday in heavy Syrian bombardment of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus, a war monitor reported.

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Iraq Hands 6-Year Jail Term to German Jihadist Teen

An Iraqi court has sentenced a German teenager to six years in jail for membership of the Islamic State group and illegal entry into the country, a judicial source said Monday.

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Turkey Renames U.S. Embassy Street amid Row over Syria Operation

The street in Ankara where the U.S. embassy is located was renamed after Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia on Monday, just days after the two sides agreed on the need to normalize relations.

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Three Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Sinai Campaign

Egypt said Monday three of its soldiers had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group.

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