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A Humvee drives in a village recently retaken from Islamic State militants by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Baghouz, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group said Sunday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
'Taking their last breath': IS hides among Syrian civiliansThe U.S.-backed militia fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says the militants are preventing more than a thousand civilians from leaving the tiny patch of land where the extremists are pinned down on the banks of the Euphrates River
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Libyan authorities help free 14 kidnapped Tunisian workersTunisia's government says Libyan authorities helped free 14 Tunisian workers who were kidnapped by an armed group near Libya's capital
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Israel to withhold $138 million in Palestinian fundsThe Israeli Cabinet says it will withhold over 500 million shekels ($138 million) from the Palestinian Authority for payments given to the families of Palestinians imprisoned for carrying out attacks on Israelis
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Emirati women speak to each other at an exhibit by the United Arab Emirates University at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. The biennial arms show in Abu Dhabi comes as the United Arab Emirates faces increasing criticism for its role in the yearlong war in Yemen. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticismA biennial arms fair has opened in the United Arab Emirates as the country faces increasing scrutiny over its involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen
The Associated Press9 hours ago
FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, center, and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer, participate in a new round of talks by Yemen's warring parties in Amman, Jordan. Yemeni security officials said sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, that Griffiths arrived in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, to discuss the "complex situation" in and around the key port city of Hodeida. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)
UN envoy arrives in Yemen to discuss truce around port cityYemeni security officials say U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has arrived in the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the "complex situation" in and around the key port city of Hodeida
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on GuardIran's parliament speaker says an attack that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard was "planned and carried out from inside Pakistan," which he says should answer for it
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Sudan lawmakers cancel meeting on constitutional changesSudan's sate-run news agency says a parliamentary committee tasked with amending the constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term has abruptly canceled its meeting
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Israel PM appoints interim foreign ministerIsrael's prime minister has appointed an interim foreign minister after holding the post himself for the last four years
The Associated Press12 hours ago
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2011 file photo, people stand on a tank inside a security forces compound in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Libyans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, although the intensity of the festivities is underlining the split between the country’s east and west. Hundreds of people reveled Sunday in the western cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Zawiya, where bands played and flags lined the streets. (AP Photo/Alagur, File)
Libyans, to varying degrees, celebrate 2011 uprisingLibyans are celebrating the eighth anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with the varying intensity of festivities underscoring the split between the country's east and west
The Associated Press8 hours ago
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, speak during meeting with heads of local councils from all Syrian provinces, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2018. Assad said that only the Syrian army can protect groups in northern Syria. In a speech he appeared to be referring to U.S.-allied Kurdish groups, which fear a Turkish assault once American troops withdraw from northeastern Syria. (SANA via AP)
Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern SyriaSyrian President Bashar Assad says only the Syrian army can protect groups in northern Syria
The Associated Press8 hours ago
In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani and other dignitaries attend the inauguration of Fateh, "Conqueror" in Persian, Iranian made semi-heavy submarine in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. The Fateh has subsurface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), capable of reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the region. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
Iran unveils first semi-heavy missile-equipped submarineIran's state TV is reporting that the country's President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled the first Iranian made semi-heavy submarine
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Israeli leader pledges funds for museum for Jewish WWII vetsIsraeli prime minister pledges funds to complete long-promised museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans
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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter walks outside a mosque in a village recently retaken from Islamic State militants near Hajin, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is nearA commander with the U.S.-backed force in Syria says they are fighting members of the Islamic State group in a tiny area in Deir el-Zour province
The Associated Press1 day ago
Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against ISThe leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump for his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria
The Associated Press1 day ago
Hezbollah denies US charges it has cells in VenezuelaThe leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has denied U.S. charges it has cells in Venezuela saying the Latin American nation does not need it
The Associated Press1 day ago
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