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Jan31

Concern as Israel bars monitoring group from Hebron

By: AFP Source: The Daily Star RAMALLAH, Palestine: Palestinian and European officials expressed concern and regret Wednesday over Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of an international monitoring group in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was established after a massacre of Palestinians in 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday he would not extend its mandate, accusing it of bias. The Palestinians labeled the move a “green light” for Israeli settlers in the city to carry out abuses. “I think nations should stand tall against this,” PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat...

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Jan13

Syria: Over 600 evacuated from last ISIS stronghold

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye More than 600 people were evacuated on Saturday from the Islamic State (ISIS) group’s remaining holdout in eastern Syria, a monitor said, as US-backed fighters prepared for a final assault on the area. “More than 600 people, mainly women and children, were evacuated on 25 buses sent” by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said several dozen militants were among those evacuated to areas held by the Kurdish-Arab alliance. The SDF, backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, in September launched an offensive to oust ISIS from the rump...

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Jan06

Turkey to host Pakistan-Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will host the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of efforts to end the Afghan Taliban’s 17-year insurgency. Erdogan, speaking at a joint news conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on January 4, said the trilateral meeting would take place in Istanbul after local elections in March. Khan told reporters he hoped the meeting would bring “badly needed peace” to Afghanistan. “Pakistan is already helping dialogue between Taliban and [the] Americans,” said Khan, who was making his first visit to Turkey since he came to power in August. “I look forward to the...

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