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Idlib offensive begins: Russian, Syrian warplanes pound militant enclave, children among casualties

BEIRUT/ANKARA Russian and Syrian jets hammered a major rebel stronghold on Tuesday, a war monitor said, days before leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey meet to discuss an expected Syrian government offensive that could spark a humanitarian disaster. The warplanes bombarded countryside around Jisr al-Shughour on the western edge of …

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Six protesters killed in Basra in second night of clashes with Iraq security forces

BASRA (IRAQ) Six protesters were killed and 16 more were injured during a second day of clashes with security forces in Iraq’s main southern city Basra, local health and security sources said. Twenty-two members of the security forces were also wounded, some by a hand grenade, the sources said, in …

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Iran says will try to remove militants from Syria’s Idlib with least human cost

DUABI Iran is making efforts to remove militants from Idlib in Syria with the least human cost, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday. Iran supports President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war. Idlib, in northwest Syria, is the last major enclave held by rebels. “The situation in Idlib …

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Husband of jailed Iranian rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh arrested: Amnesty

GENEVA The husband of detained Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was himself arrested on Tuesday, Amnesty International said. There was no immediate comment from Iranian authorities, and Reuters was not able to contact the judiciary. Sotoudeh’s husband, Reza Khandan – who has campaigned for her release – said on …

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Israeli filmmaker Gitai raps Israel in ‘Letter to A Friend in Gaza’

VENICE (ITALY) Amos Gitai’s “Letter to A Friend in Gaza” offers unflinching criticism of Israel’s blockade of Gaza and its lethal response to Palestinian protesters, in which the filmmaker asks fellow Israelis to examine their conscience. In the non-fiction short, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival this week, Israeli …

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Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib ‘tragedy’

WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syria against launching an attack on the country’s last rebel stronghold with the help of Russia and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a “human tragedy.” The warning came as Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad …

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Spain cancels sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia over Yemen strikes

MADRID Spain said Tuesday it has cancelled a 2015 deal to sell 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition fighting rebels in Yemen. A defence ministry spokesman confirmed a Cadena Ser radio report that said Spain’s new Socialist government planned to return the 9.2 million euros …

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