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Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

PALU (INDONESIA) More bodies were unearthed from the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, as authorities move closer to calling off the search for the dead trapped under flattened communities and declaring them mass graves. Officials said Saturday the death toll had climbed to 1,649, with more than a …

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Syria rebels say shifting heavy arms from Idlib buffer zone

BEIRUT Syrian rebels said Saturday they have begun withdrawing heavy arms from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Idlib province, ahead of a deadline to set up the demilitarised area. The Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) “has started pulling out its heavy weapons from the zone”, the rebel coalition’s spokesman …

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Erdogan vows to ‘finish’ Kurdish militants in Iraq to avenge dead soldiers

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday vowed to “finish” Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Sinjar and Qandil regions to avenge eight Turkish soldiers killed in a bomb attack in southeastern Turkey earlier this week. On Wednesday, eight Turkish soldiers were killed and two were wounded after a roadside bomb in …

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Turkish police believe Saudi journalist was killed at consulate: Sources

ANKARA Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, was killed inside the consulate, two Turkish sources said on Saturday. “The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate …

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