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'Beast from the East' Sends Europe Mercury Plummeting

A blast of Siberian weather dubbed "The Beast from the East" sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe early Tuesday as commuters braced themselves for another day of travel chaos.

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Iran's Eastern Shift Shows Patience Running Out with the West

Iran's supreme leader has signalled a decisive shift in favour of relations with China and Russia, indicating that patience is running out with efforts to improve ties with the West. 

One of the most popular slogans during the 1979 revolution was "Neither East nor West", a defiant vow that Iran would no longer favour either of the world's major forces at the time -- American-style capitalism or Soviet Communism.

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Armenian 'Genocide': The Disputed Massacres of 1915-17

Armenia and Turkey are at odds over whether the World War I massacres and deportations of Armenians by their Ottoman rulers should be described as genocide. 

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Israel: The Cases Implicating Prime Minister Netanyahu

From champagne bottles to attempting to bribe a judge -- a series of different allegations have entangled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent months.

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Russian Mercenaries, a Discrete Weapon in Syria

The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict.

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Worst Mass Shootings in the Modern United States

A gunman opened fire at a high school in southern Florida on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people. 

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US Tells Anti-ISIS Coalition to 'Keep Eyes on Prize'

The Trump administration, increasingly concerned that the 74-strong coalition it cobbled together to destroy the Islamic State group is losing sight of the prime objective, is pressing its partners to refocus efforts, overcome rivalries and concentrate on the task at hand: the eradication from Iraq and Syria of the extremist group.

The alarm U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to sound at a coalition gathering in Kuwait on Tuesday comes with the fight at a critical moment and the mission shifting from offensive military operations to stabilization. Distractions are adding up, such as Turkey's fighting with U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels in Syria and renewed spillover from Syria's civil war. Meanwhile, hostilities between noncoalition actors — Iran, its proxies in Syria, and Israel — risk creating a new conflict in an already crowded battlespace.

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Analysts: Clash Turns Up Israel-Iran Heat, but Neither Seeks War

A confrontation at the weekend in Syria has turned up the heat between arch-foes Israel and Iran, but neither side seems to want a war for now, analysts said.

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Israel Raids Inside Syria since 2013

Israel is believed to have carried out several raids inside Syria since 2013, mostly targeting its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, a key ally of the Syrian government.

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Al-Qaida Still Going Strong as IS Crumbles, UN Report Says

Al-Qaida's global network remains "remarkably resilient," posing more of a threat in some regions than the Islamic State group, UN sanctions monitors said in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

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