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Key Points from Trump's Maiden State of the Union

President Donald Trump delivered his maiden State of the Union address on Tuesday, calling for national unity, strong borders and a powerful U.S. military to repel threats to America.

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Syria's Kurds: From the Margins to De Facto Autonomy

Syria's Kurds, whose Afrin enclave in the north of the country has been bombarded for the past week by Turkey, spent years carefully building a system of self-rule amid the chaos of war.

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How Will Turkey's Afrin Assault Complicate Syria's War?

Turkey's assault against Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin has further complicated the bloody and complex war raging in Syria since 2011. 

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the belligerents -- in particular the regime of President Bashar al-Assad -- have been accused on numerous occasions of using chemical weapons.

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Reasons, Risks and Consequences of Turkey's Syria Operation

The Turkish military has started an air and ground operation against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia whom Ankara views as "terrorists" linked to outlawed militants.

Turkey's last such cross-border operation -- against the Islamic State extremist group and the Kurdish militia -- was between August 2016 and March 2017. 

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A Year of Trump Fails to Improve US-Russia Ties

Donald Trump said during his election campaign he wanted to improve relations between the US and Vladimir Putin's Russia. But a year on from his inauguration, ties between Washington and Moscow are at Cold War lows.

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Q&A: What Will U.S. Freezing Palestinian Aid Mean?

The U.S. government has frozen tens of millions of dollars in contributions to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. What is UNRWA and what will the impact be?

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Berbers: North Africa's Marginalized Indigenous People

The Berbers -- descendants of pre-Arab populations across North Africa -- are currently celebrating their New Year festivities.

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Fate of Iran Deal again in Trump's Hands

Another deadline is looming and the world is again wondering: Will President Donald Trump tear up the deal Iran signed with world powers to curtail its nuclear program? 

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Islamic State's Rise in Afghanistan

The Islamic State group, or Daesh as it is known in Afghanistan, has killed hundreds of people in multiple attacks across the country since it first emerged in the region in 2014.

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