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Libya strongman advances in battle to take eastern city

Libya strongman advances in battle to take eastern city
Benghazi - 

Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Tuesday they are advancing rapidly on the eastern city of Derna, despite troops being hit by suicide attacks.

Air strike kills 10 civilians in northeast Syria: monitor

Air strike kills 10 civilians in northeast Syria: monitor
Beirut - 

An air raid on a village in northeast Syria held by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 10 civilians including three children on Tuesday, a Britain-based monitor said.

Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria
Damascus - 

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad denied Moscow is running the show in his war-torn country, saying in an interview released Sunday his government operates independently of its Russian and Iranian allies.

Iran postpones debate on terror financing

Iran postpones debate on terror financing
Tehran - 

Iran's parliament voted Sunday to suspend discussion of joining the UN Terrorism Financing Convention for two months, while it waits to see whether its nuclear deal with world powers will survive.

Eight years on, Syria army conscripts pack bags for home

Eight years on, Syria army conscripts pack bags for home
Damscus - 

After eight years of military service, Syrian conscript Sonel Ali swapped his drab army uniform for bright civilian clothes last week as he packed his things one last time.

Jordan's old Amman market feels the pinch amid austerity protests

Jordan's old Amman market feels the pinch amid austerity protests

Amman - 

Every morning Salama Ali sets up shop in the old market of Jordan's capital Amman, hoping to scratch out a living in one of the Arab world's most expensive cities.

Deal or no deal, regime set to return to south Syria

Deal or no deal, regime set to return to south Syria

Beirut - 

Seven years after giving birth to Syria's revolt, the country's south looks set to fall back into regime hands likely through a rare consensus emerging among rival powers.

Jordan protests snowball over price hikes, income tax draft law

Jordan protests snowball over price hikes, income tax draft law

Amman - 

Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in the capital Amman for a third consecutive day on Saturday against price hikes and an income tax draft law driven by IMF recommendations to slash its public debt.

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