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Investigations reveal Russian losses in Syria much higher than official toll

All Round View (Belorechensk) Ten Russian servicemen have been killed fighting in Syria so far this year, according to statements from the defence ministry. But based on accounts from families and friends of the dead and local officials, Reuters estimates the actual death toll among Russian soldiers and private contractors

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Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises: reports

All Round View (Istanbul): Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said. The exercises come as Ankara presses on with its unequivocal backing of Doha in the crisis triggered by

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UN chief urges leaders to refrain from ‘provocative actions’ as Jerusalem tensions escalate

All Round View (United Nations): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, concerned by the potential risk of escalating violence over the situation in and around al-Aqsa msoque in Jerusalem, has urged all political, religious and community leaders to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric.

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Trump threatens ‘serious consequences’ on Iran unless US citizens are released

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has threatened new sanctions and serious consequences on Iran if they do not release American citizens “unjustly” imprisoned there. Mr Trump urged Iran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in Iran, and demanded that Tehran release

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Erdogan discusses regional situation with King Salman

All Round View (Jeddah): King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. The talks addressed bilateral relations as well as the developments in the region in addition to the efforts being exerted to counter terrorism. The meeting was attended by a

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UN chief concerned about unfolding violence in Jerusalem’s Old City

All Round View (United Nations): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.

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UN envoy calls for de-escalation of tensions and violence in Jerusalem

All Round View (United Nations): Expressing deep concern over a surge in tensions and violence around the holy esplanade of Jerusalem’s Old City, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has called for de-escalation of the situation. “I call on all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation and on

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UN officials detail Iraq’s political, humanitarian needs after Mosul victory

All Round View (United States): Senior United Nations officials have called for regional and international support to stabilize newly liberated Iraqi city of Mosul and to create conditions for peace and development throughout Iraq. “The historic liberation of Mosul should not conceal the fact that the road ahead is extremely

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Syria talks end with ‘incremental progress’ but ‘no breakthrough’: UN envoy

All Round View (United Nations): United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has said that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with ‘incremental progress’. “We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress. No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress,” he told reporters on

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With Mosul retaken, accountability key to heal Iraq’s ‘ISIL/Da’esh wounds’: UN rights chief

All Round View (New York): Although the retaking of Mosul city from ISIL/Da’esh fighters by Iraqi Government forces marks a significant turning point in the conflict, Iraq must ensure that those who committed crimes be held accountable, the United Nations human rights chief has said. “Dialogue between communities needs to

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UN says it needs over $500 Millions to help displaced communities in Mosul

All Round View (United Nation): Following Iraqi Government’s declaration that its forces have liberated the northern city of Mosul from ISIL/Da’esh fighters, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to the country’s people and Government and vowed United Nations’ support to aid the displaced communities and restore rule of law in the

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US-Qatar ink terror financing agreement as Middle East crisis persists

All Round View (Washington): The United States and Qatar on Tuesday signed an agreement to cooperate to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counterterrorism activities globally at a time when the tiny Gulf state is facing isolation following a diplomatic crisis that also involved several Gulf states. The

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US says Middle East crisis stalemated, fear could drag on for months

All Round View (Washington): The US State Department has acknowledged that the Middle East diplomatic crisis has hit a stalemate that could intensify and drag on for months, but hoped that the shared goal of fighting terrorism will bring them together eventually. At a briefing at the State Department, spokesperson

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