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A Jordanian soldier keeps watch at the border between Syria and Jordan on July 2, 2018

Jordan army says killed 27 drug smugglers on Syria border

According to Jordanian authorities, 85% of drugs seized are intended for smuggling out of the country

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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) patrol a street in the northern city of Hasakeh, Syria, on January 23, 2022.

Syria: IS prison back under Kurdish control after clashes

Shami says that operations conducted by the SDF 'culminated with our entire control' of the prison

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A young Syrian boy clears the snow covering a tent at a camp for internally displaced people in the Idlib governorate of northwestern Syria, on January 23, 2022, as winter storms hit the area.

Syrian refugees face a harsh winter with brutal snowstorm

Cutts says that Syria's northern refugee camps are 'a real disaster zone'

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Bashar Ja'afari, then-permanent representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council emergency meeting on April 13, 2018 in New York City, US.

Syria pressed on human rights record, ‘starvation’ at UN

Manley says 'The use of starvation and siege warfare in opposition-held areas is deplorable'

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Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Hariri gestures to the crowd after a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, on January 24, 2022.

Ex-PM: No hope for Lebanon ‘in light of Iranian influence’

Hariri says 'I am convinced that there is no room for any positive opportunity for Lebanon'

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Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority wave flags of East Turkestan as they gather at the Beyazid Square during a demonstration to protest China's Uighur treatment in Istanbul on October 1, 2020.

Turkey: Uyghurs protest, urge boycott of Beijing Olympics

Ozuygur says 'China does not have the right to host the Olympics while committing' genocide

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a media conference at the G20 summit in Rome, Italy, October 31, 2021.

Turkey: Journalist arrested for insulting Erdogan

Since 2014, more than 160,000 investigations launched over insulting Erdogan, resulting in 12,000 convictions

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Men believed to be Islamic State fighters walk amid flames and smoke in the jihadist group's last remaining position in the village of Baghouz on March 18, 2019

90 dead in fighting between IS, Kurdish forces in Syria

'At least 28 members of the Kurdish security forces, five civilians and 56 members of IS killed'

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Hassan Nasrallah, chief of the Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, delivering a televised speech from an undisclosed location in Lebanon, on September 29, 2020.

US slaps new sanctions on Hezbollah-linked individuals

US is 'committed to disrupting Hezbollah’s illicit activity and attempts to evade sanctions'

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This file photo taken on October 26, 2019, shows men suspected of Islamic State (IS) ties, gathered in a cell of the Sinaa prison in the Ghwayran neighbourhood in Hasakeh, Syria.

IS prison attack: At least 20 Kurdish security forces killed

The SDF says it is 'dealing with a second mass prison break attempt by IS militants'

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Director of the Rafic Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) Firass Abiad, speaks during an interview at the hospital in Lebanon's capital Beirut on July 23, 2021.

Lebanon's healthcare on brink of collapse amid crisis

'If this crisis goes on for long without solutions, we will, of course, come closer to a great collapse'

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A picture taken on August 30, 2017 shows portraits drawn between 2014 and 2016 by Syrian artist Azza Abu Rebieh of friends detained or abducted at an Amnesty International in Beirut, Lebanon.

Syria: Second torture trial begins in German court

Al-Bunni, a lawyer and human rights advocate, says 'We hope he will get a life sentence'

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Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lors d'une conférence de presse, à Tirana, Albanie, le 17 janvier 2022

Erdogan signals thaw in ties with Israel

'We are now holding talks with President (Isaac) Herzog. He could visit us in Turkey'

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A camel handler embraces his animal during Turkey's largest camel wrestling festival in the Aegean town of Selcuk, Turkey, on January 20, 2019.

Camel wrestling festival in Turkey draws criticism from activists

'It is something that is done with love. It is not a fight, it is wrestling, just like how humans wrestle'

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A displaced Syrian, one of thousands who fled their homes in the countrysides of Raqa and Deir Ezzor, carries a bag of recyclable garbage, at a dump opposite a camp for the internally displaced near Syria's northern city of Raqa on December 18, 2021.

Displaced Syrians in Raqa sell trash to survive

Some 12.4 million people, 60 percent of Syria's population, are now food insecure

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Amid severe fuel shortages, vehicles queue at a petrol station in Lebanon's capital Beirut on June 11, 2021.

Lebanon denies report of gas deal with Israel

'What is being circulated about the fact that the gas will be Israeli gas is totally and completely untrue'

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A truck driver holds a Lebanese flag as others block a main highway in protest of the country's deteriorating economic conditions, in Beirut, Lebanon, January 13, 2022.

Lebanon: Hezbollah, Amal end boycott of cabinet

The groups said the decision was driven by a desire to approve the 2022 budget and discuss economic recovery

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Fuel tankers block a road in Lebanon's capital Beirut during a general strike by public transport and workers unions over the country's economic crisis, on January 13, 2022.

Lebanon: Demonstrators block roads, protest economic crisis

A protestor in Beirut says 'If we wait for our leaders or parties, no one will care'

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The sun sets behind rubble in the northern Syrian city of Raqa, the former Syrian capital of the Islamic State group, on August 11, 2021.

Russian strikes in Syria kill 11 IS fighters

Rahman says he counted a total of 229 Russian airstrikes against targets in the Syrian desert this year

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A Syrian girl begs in the street of Istanbul as she hugs another child, on February 24, 2016.

Turkey: murder suggests Syrian refugees no longer welcome

Turkey’s economy is struggling, with some politicians blaming the situation on refugees

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A view shows the impoverished neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen in the port city of Tripoli north of Beirut, Lebanon, on December 13, 2021.

UAE joins Saudi-French initiative to address Lebanon crisis

Le Drian says the fund 'will be helped tomorrow or the day after' with a UAE contribution

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A Pakistan International Airlines plane taxies before take-off from Karachi International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, on April 21, 2010.

Pakistan sends food, Covid supplies to crisis-struck Lebanon

Pakistan says the delivery was made 'to express its solidarity with the Lebanese people'

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A child walks inside a flooded tent at a camp for the displaced by the village of Killi, near Bab al-Hawa by the border with Turkey, in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on December 20, 2021.

Aid to Syria extended without UN Security Council vote

UN spokesperson says 'We need aid to be delivered through cross-border and through cross-line'