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US-Backed Alliance Enters Deir Az Zor Province

The US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has crossed into Deir Az Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against ISIL, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.

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Muslims Raise $55,000 To Fix Vandalised Jewish Cemetery

A crowdfunding project launched by Muslim activists has raised more than $55,000 in one day to repair a vandalised Jewish cemetery in St Louis.

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N Korea Says Kim Jong-nam Murder Suspects 'Innocent'

North Korean diplomats have called for the immediate release of suspects arrested in connection with the apparent poisoning of a member of the North Korean ruling family.

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Jakarta Will Be Free Of Floods By 2022: Deputy Governor

JAKARTA: Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat is optimistic that the current five-year flooding cycle will end this year, after observing that the recent flooding did not cause severe problems like in 2012.

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Female Officers Allowed To Wear Headscarves

Turkey has for the first time allowed female members of the armed forces to wear headscarves while on duty as part of their uniform.

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The Gambia Arrests Ex-Intelligence Boss Linked To Abuse

Police in The Gambia have arrested the country's former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, both accused of overseeing killings, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture and rape during their time in office.

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Moscow Calling: What Is Afd Head Frauke Petry’s Purpose In Russia?

Just weeks before a series of elections, the head of Germany's populist right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Frauke Petry, is visiting Moscow. What does the AfD want from Russia, and vice versa?

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Dakota Pipeline Protesters Face Police Standoff, Deadline Passes

Pic: ReutersCANNON BALL, N.D.: Several dozen demonstrators, the last holdouts from a mass protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, faced off against riot police on Wednesday as they defied a deadline to end their months-long occupation of an encampment on federal land.

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Cyprus Talks Falter Over Nationalist Commemoration Row

Ongoing talks to reunify Cyprus have hit a hard wall after the Turkish Cypriot side decided not to attend a scheduled meeting between the island's rival leaders over a Greek Cypriot decision to celebrate a nationalist commemoration at schools.

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Russia To Build Replica Of The Reichstag For Cadets To Practice Storming

Russia's youth military movement should have something tangible to practice raiding, the country's defense minister says. So he chose Germany's iconic federal parliament building, captured by the Red Army in 1945.

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