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20 killed, 60 wounded in car bombing in central Iraq

Up to 20 people were killed and more than 60 wounded on Tuesday in a car bomb explosion at a crowded marketplace in northern Iraq, a local medical source said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/22 2:00:18

Putin meets Assad for 'political settlement' to re-boot peace process

President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the Russian army had “saved Syria as a state,” after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad in Russia, as Syrian regime forces take an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/21 23:38:39

Palestinian factions renew efforts in Cairo for reconciliation

Palestinian political factions met in Cairo on Tuesday to push ahead with reconciliation efforts and discuss the implementation of the former deals on the formation of a unity government.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 21:15:56

Anti-terrorist operations in Syria near completion: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his visiting Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad Monday that joint military operations against terrorists in Syria are coming to an end, with the focus shifting to a political process, the Kremlin said Tuesday in a transcript of the meeting.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 14:49:41

Syria's Assad holds surprising meeting with Putin in Sochi

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held a surprising meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the Russian city of Sochi to discuss political process in Syria, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 14:36:32

5.3-magnitude quake hits Iran's Ilam province

An earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale shook Mehran city in Iran's western Ilam province at 18:53 local time (1523 GMT) on Monday, Iran Seismological Center said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 8:02:05

Russia condemns new mortar attack on its embassy in Damascus

Russia on Monday denounced the latest mortar attack on its embassy in Syria's capital Damascus, which caused damage to certain building facilities.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 7:57:07

Israel demands extra 1.37 bln USD for defense budget over Syria situation

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday he had requested an additional 4.8 billion shekels (1.37 billion US dollars) for the defense budget due to recent changes in the region.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 7:56:23

Qatar to simplify residency procedures of expatriate workers

Qatar has made the residency procedures easier for expatriate workers by allowing them to complete the procedures at their home countries, Qatar News Agency (QNA) report said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 7:50:45

Intensified mortar attack kills 8 in Syrian capital

At least eight people were killed Monday by an intensified rebel mortar shelling on residential areas in the capital Damascus, state news agency SANA reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 7:50:32

China delivers 1,000 tons of rice to Syria in food aid

A total of 1,000 tons of rice donated by China has been delivered to Syria's northwestern city of Latakia, the Chinese Embassy in Damascus said in a statement Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 7:49:22

Iran, Qatar, Turkey keen to step up trilateral trade cooperation

The economy ministers of Iran, Qatar and Turkey will hold a meeting soon to discuss the expansion of trilateral trade cooperation, Tadsnim news agency reported on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/21 2:14:17

Palestinian factions head for broader reconciliation dialogue in Cairo

Leaders of 12 Palestinian factions and political powers, including Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Party, left for Cairo on Monday for a broader reconciliation dialogue.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/20 21:41:21

Iran's top leader urges more relief efforts in quake-hit region

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday paid a visit to Iran's western province of Kermanshah, where relief efforts are still underway after a massive earthquake that killed 436 people last week, Tasnim news agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/20 17:06:22

Iraqi federal court annuls Kurdish independence referendum

The Iraqi federal court on Monday invalidated the independence referendum of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan and the disputed areas, the Iraqi official television reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/20 16:37:38

Arab FMs condemn Iran's intervention in Arab affairs

Arab foreign ministers condemned on Sunday Iran's intervention into Arab countries' affairs, saying they have asked the Arab group at the UN to address the President of the UN Security Council over Iran's violations.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/11/20 8:15:50

Iran, Russia, Turkey talk peace for Syria

Top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met Sunday morning in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/19 23:03:40

Palestinians may put US 'on hold' if Trump closes PLO offices

The Palestinians will freeze their ties with the US if it follows through on a threat to close the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, a senior PLO official warned Saturday.
Source: AFP | 2017/11/19 22:38:39