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Syrian Regime's Blitz of Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian government launched a ferocious assault on a rebel enclave outside Damascus on February 18, saying it wanted to crush Islamist and jihadist groups.

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Thirty Years on, Gas Attack Still Poisons Iraq's Halabja

As a teenager Kamal Jalal saw two of his sisters killed when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces launched a gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja.

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As Castro Steps Down, Challenges await Cuba's New Leader

As Cuban President Raul Castro prepares to step down next month, ending his family's six-decade grip on power, his successor will be faced with major challenges, including the implementation of economic reforms vital for the island's future.

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7 Years On, Syria War Shifting Gears but Still Deadly

Syria enters its eighth year of war on Thursday, free of the jihadist "caliphate" but torn apart by an international power struggle as the regime presses its blistering reconquest.

The conflict that started on March 15, 2011 as the government of President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on mostly peaceful protests is raging on relentlessly and getting more complex.

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The World's Longest-Serving Leaders

Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win Russia's presidential election on Sunday, giving him a fourth term that would take him to nearly a quarter-century as the head of state or government.

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Ex-Russian Spy Drama: What We Know

A retired Russian double agent was leading a seemingly peaceful life in rural Britain when he and his visiting daughter were targeted in a nerve agent attack.

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Spy Poisoning in Britain: Who Stands to Gain?

Who could be behind the suspected poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter?

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At the UN, a Diplomatic Dance Decides the Fate of Nations

The issues that come before the UN Security Council are the gravest to face any decision-making body -- questions of war and peace, life and death.

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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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