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U.N. Chief Urges Israeli Lawmakers to Reconsider Settlement Bill

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 16 – Outgoing United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Israeli lawmakers to reconsider a bill to legalize Israeli settlement homes on private Palestinian land as Arab states mull putting forward a Security Council resolution on settlements. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza

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Turkey to set up Camp for Aleppo Evacuees in Syria

By Umit Ozdal CILVEGOZU, Turkey, Dec 16 – Turkey plans to set up a camp inside Syria to host people evacuated from the city of Aleppo but will continue to take the sick and wounded to Turkish hospitals, officials said on Friday. Two potential sites, around 3.5 km (2 miles) inside Syria, have been identified

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U.S. Offers $25 Million Reward for Information on Daesh Leader

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – The United States on Friday more than doubled its previous reward for information on Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the head of the jihadist group. The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information

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Germany Arrests Turkish Man Suspected of Spying for Turkey

BERLIN, Dec 16 – German police have arrested a 31-year-old Turkish man who is suspected of providing information on Kurds living in Germany to Turkish intelligence agencies, the German federal prosecutor’s office announced on Friday. The arrest could exacerbate tensions between NATO partners Germany and Turkey, which has accused Berlin of harboring militants from the

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Syrian Official: Aleppo Evacuation to Resume once wounded leave villages

ALEPPO, Syria, Dec 16 – The stalled evacuation of east Aleppo will resume once injured people are let out of the besieged Shi’ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, a Syrian official said on Friday. “If the evacuation of the injured in Kefraya and al-Foua takes place, the operation to evacuate eastern Aleppo

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Syrian Arrested in Saudi Arabia over pro-Assad Facebook Photo

RIYADH, Dec 16 – Saudi police arrested a Syrian resident in Riyadh after he posted a photo of himself on Facebook praising the recapture of his home city of Aleppo by government forces, according to a report in al-Riyadh newspaper on Friday. A photo published with the report showed a man with his hand raised

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Turkey says no Disagreement with Russia, Iran on Need for Syria Ceasefire

ANKARA, Dec 16  РTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday repeated his call for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and said there was no disagreement between Turkey,Russia and Iran on the need for a truce. At a news conference in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told his Turkish counterpart that

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12-year-Old Boy Tried to Blow Up Bomb at German Christmas Market

BERLIN, Dec 16 – A 12-year old German-Iraqi boy suspected of having links to extremist group Daesh¬†tried to blow up a bomb at a Christmas market in the western town of Ludwigshafen, German magazine Focus reported on Friday, citing security and judicial sources. The boy, born in the same town in 2004, was “strongly radicalized”

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U.N. Syria Envoy Says Rebel City Idlib Risks Aleppo Fate If No Peace Talks

PARIS – U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned on Thursday that without a ceasefire or political agreement the rebel-stronghold of Idlib risked becoming a new Aleppo after the evacuation of thousands from the besieged city started. The operation to evacuate civilians and fighters from Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal

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Syria’s White Helmets Accuse Russia of Aleppo War Crimes in Letter

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 – Russian air strikes in the Aleppo, Syria, region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children, the Syrian White Helmets civil defense group told United Nations war crimes investigators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday. The White Helmets, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Independent Doctors Association

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