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Syria's 'de-escalation zones' explained

A deal signed by Russia, Turkey and Iran to create 'safe zones' went into effect on Saturday.

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Cautious welcome to Saudi decree over guardian system

Human rights advocates cautiously welcome royal decree by Saudi Arabia loosening guardianship rules on women.

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Russia: Syrian safe zones plan comes into effect

Russia says it will be a month before 'de-escalation zones' are fully established, as Syrian opposition voices concern.

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Egypt temporarily re-opens Gaza's Rafah crossing

Officials say more than 20,000 people desperately needing to travel abroad for treatment remain stuck in Gaza.

The Rafah border crossing

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Ismail Haniya elected new political chief of Hamas

Khaled Meshaal, who preceded Haniya as leader of the political bureau, confirms transition to media.

Ismail Haniya

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Mosul: Iraqi army denies air raid targeted civilians

The Iraqi army says it hit an ISIL bomb factory in west Mosul, but ISIL says the air raid killed at least 68 civilians.

Mosul

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Russia: Syria safe zones closed to US coalition planes

De-escalation zones in Syria will be closed for warplanes of US-led international coalition, Russian envoy says.

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Al Jazeera responds to Sputnik chemical attack report

Russian agency Sputnik has published fake news about Al Jazeera - its claims amount to defamation punishable by law.

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Turkey and Russia push for safe-zones in Syria

Opposition returns to talks in Astana, Kazakhstan after walking out on Wednesday over air strikes in Syria.

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Syria: Residents of besieged Ghouta fear it is time to flee

The humanitarian situation on the outskirts of the Syrian capital is worsening as government forces increase pressure on the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta.

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