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This photo provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, in a Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 photo, shows people fleeing rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsoud area that is controlled by Kurdish fighters, Syria. …

Tens of Thousands Flee Syria’s Aleppo as Assad Nears Victory

Some 50,000 civilians have fled eastern Aleppo over the past two days in a “constant stream,” Russia said Saturday, as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city.

In this handout photo provided by the Palestinian Press Office, President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry November 24, 2015 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Osama Falah/PPO via Getty Images)

Palestinians Demand UN Recognition of State After Knesset Approves Outpost Bill

The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on the US administration to officially recognize the state of Palestine and support a UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in response to Israel’s preliminary approval Monday night of a bill that would legalize outposts.

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Iran, Russia Reaffirm Alliance in Syrian War

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said Tehran and Moscow would continue to cooperate in the Syrian war “until the ultimate goal of eradicating terrorism and restoring peace and full security to the region is achieved.”

2937762 09/16/2016 September 16, 2016. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Grigoriy Sisoev/Sputnik via AP

Russia Seeks ‘Honest’ Cooperation in Syria: Lavrov

Russia seeks “honest cooperation” for a political solution in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday as Moscow declared a brief truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

SYRIA, ALEPPO : (FILES) This file photo taken on July 25, 2016 shows Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, carrying a young boy after they dug him out from under the rubble of buildings destroyed following reported air strikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Mashhad in the …

Syrian Troops Advance in Aleppo Amid War’s Heaviest Bombing

Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what residents described as the heaviest air bombardment of the 5 ½-year civil war.

ussian aircraft-carrier Admiral Kuzhetsov is seen during a military exercises of the North Fleet, 17 August 2005. Two submarines, the Northern Fleet's flagship Pyotr Veliky cruiser and Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, as well as long-range aircraft, were taking part in the Barents Sea manoeuvres, the first of four …

Russia to Deploy Aircraft Carrier to Syrian Coast

Russia has announced it is sending its only aircraft carrier to waters off Syria’s coast, as diplomats met at the United Nations in an effort to revive Syria’s failing ceasefire.

A damaged truck carrying aid is seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike. The UN …

UN Aid Convoy Hit by Airstrike in Syria

A UN humanitarian aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo was hit by air strikes on Monday in what UN officials say could amount to a war crime.

A man walks past the rubble of a building following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo on April 18, 2015. Aleppo has been devastated by fighting since rebel fighters seized its eastern half in 2012, setting up a front …

Syrian Truce Receives New Blows With Airstrikes, Shelling

Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly US strike on Syrian government forces.

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Turkish PM: No Compromise With U.S. Over Gulen Extradition

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s prime minister said on Saturday that Ankara could not compromise with the United States over its request for the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen which it blames for orchestrating last month’s attempted coup.

In this handout provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as they meet December 15, 2014 in Rome, Italy.

Netanyahu: Turkey Agreement ‘Immense’ for Israeli Economy

The reconciliation deal with Turkey will dramatically boost Israel’s economy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, hours before he was expected to present the full terms of the agreement.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a panel discussion at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London, Thursday, May 12, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Arab League Chief Claims Kerry Thwarted Strong French Initiative

US Secretary of State John Kerry prevented France from successfully launching a strong new peace initiative last week that could have impacted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said on Monday.

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Israel Preps For Palestinian Authority’s Collapse

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been instructing high level ministers to take steps to thwart the potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority.  In a closed security cabinet meeting on Monday, the prime minister was reported to have said,

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Found: Trove Of Stolen Dutch Masterpieces Held For Ransom By Ukraine Rebels

Stolen Dutch art masterpieces dating from the country’s 17th-century Golden Age have been discovered hidden in a villa in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. The collection has come to light 10 years after it was stolen. The 24 paintings were valued at £7.2million (10 million