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Islamic State driven out of Syria’s ancient Palmyra city

Syrian government forces drove Islamic State fighters out of Palmyra on Sunday, the army said, inflicting a major defeat on the militants who seized the desert city last year and dynamited its ancient temples. The army general command said in a statement that it had restored security and stability to …

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Barack Obama in Cuba at start of historic visit

President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on Sunday, definitively ending a half-century of estrangement in a dramatic personal demonstration of his core foreign policy principle of engaging America’s enemies. Mr Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit since the 1959 revolution, which heralded decades of hostility. He …

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Turkey and EU reach landmark deal on refugees

Turkey and the EU have reached a controversial deal European leaders hope will stop the flow of refugees to the continent in return for political and financial concessions for Ankara.  Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu and EU President, Donald Tusk confirmed the agreement, which will come into force on Sunday, …

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FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia

A passenger jet circled a southern Russian airport in high winds and poor visibility before making a second, fatal attempt at landing Saturday, killing all 62 people aboard. The FlyDubai Boeing 737 jet crashed at the Rostov-on-Don airport after traveling from Dubai. Reports say the plane abandoned its initial attempt …

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Driver killed by “car bomb” in Berlin

An explosion that destroyed a car and killed the driver in downtown Berlin during rush hour traffic Tuesday was likely caused by a bomb, police said. Carsten Mueller, the deputy chief spokesman for Berlin police said the explosion happened at about 8 a.m. local time in the western district of …

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Senior UK diplomat reaffirms commitment to Afghanistan

The UK Foreign Office’s Political Director, Simon Gass, has visited Kabul to reaffirm his countries enduring commitment to Afghanistan and support to National Unity Government (NUG), UK embassy in Kabul announced on Tuesday. Mr. Simon has quoted saying as, “I came here at the Foreign Secretary’s request because two major …

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Germany: Majority of Afghan asylum seekers to be expelled

The majority of illegal Afghan refugees will not be accepted in Germany and will be expelled forcefully, Markus Potzel, German ambassador to Afghanistan said. German top envoy who was speaking during a special interview with Ariana News says lack of faith on the Afghan government, lack of employment opportunity, security …

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Gen. Campbell: US mission in Afghanistan not changing

U.S. troops in Afghanistan will not return to an active role fighting the Taliban despite the likelihood of another difficult year of combat, the outgoing commander of international forces, Gen. John Campbell, said on Saturday. U.S. special forces units assisting Afghan forces have been involved in firefights in the volatile …

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Iran deploying Afghan Refugees to Fight in Syria

  Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has recruited thousands of undocumented Afghans to fight in Syria since at least November 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced on Friday. A number of Afghans during the interviews have said to the HRW that Iranian authorities have coerced them to join the fight …

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US military forces to stay decades in Afghanistan

Published by Washington Post Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning to pull the last American troops out of Afghanistan by year’s end, are now quietly talking about an American commitment that could keep thousands of troops in the country for decades. The shift in …

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