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FILE - In this June 23, 2014, file photo, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq

France: Lafarge 'complicity' with IS crimes against humanity charges upheld

Cement manufacturer accused of paying bribes that supported Islamic State

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Lebanese army vehicles drive past a banner for the Lebanese Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah with text in Arabic reading "the flag will not fall" along a road while on patrol in the southern city of Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, on May 15, 2022.

Hezbollah loses ground, reformists surge in Lebanon polls

Only about 41 percent of eligible voters cast their vote

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Lebanese electoral staff start counting votes for parliamentary elections at a polling station in the northern coastal city of Batroun, Lebanon, on May 15, 2022.

Lebanon vote brings blow for Hezbollah allies in preliminary results

This election is the first since Lebanon's devastating economic meltdown

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Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan lors d'une réunion du groupe parlementaire de son parti à la Grande Assemblée nationale de Turquie (GNAT) à Ankara, Turquie, le 20 avril 2022

Turkey 'not closing door' to Sweden, Finland NATO entry

'We are basically raising this issue as a matter of national security for Turkey'

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A voter dips their finger in ink after casting their ballot in the parliamentary election at a polling station in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, on May 15, 2022.

Lebanon holds first vote since blast, financial collapse

Since Lebanon's last election, the country has been rocked by an economic meltdown

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A view of the town of Masyaf in Hama province, in Syria on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The Russian- and U.S.-brokered cease-fire that began Saturday is intended to help pave the way for Syria peace talks planned for next week in Geneva.

Syrian report: At least 5 dead in 'Israeli attack'

As well as several injured in the Hama countryside

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A handout picture provided by Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra shows Lebanon's Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh in Baabda, Lebanon, on June 3, 2021.

Lebanon bank chief's brother freed on record bail

'Judge Nicolas Mansour approved Raja Salameh's release on bail set at 100 billion Lebanese pounds'

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10-year-old Dalaa Hadidi, a Syrian refugee, in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, on February 26, 2021.

Syrian refugees in Turkey: A political tool in a time of crisis

Turkey's 3.7 million Syrian refugees have no appetite to go back home, and plans to return them are unfeasible

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A Parliamentary elections campaign billboard for Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group hangs on the side of a highway in Beirut on May 5, 2022.

UN urges crisis-hit Lebanon to 'change course'

'The economic crisis was entirely avoidable; indeed, it was manufactured by failed government policies'

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Explosion à la suite d'une frappe aérienne attribuée à Israël sur un lieu non divulgué en Syrie, le 6 février 2020

Reports: Israel carried out air strike in southern Syria

At least one missile struck a target near the town of Hader

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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.

Saudis say ex-Lebanon PM Hariri 'surrendered to Hezbollah'

Election withdrawal and calling for Sunni boycott paving way for Hezbollah takeover, Saudi Arabia warns

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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell rings the bell at the start of the fifth international donor conference for Syria at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, on May 10, 2022.

Syria donors call for world’s attention as war in Ukraine rages on

'Now it is Ukraine in the headlines. But don't give up on Syria,' Borrell says

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This handout picture taken and released on May 5, 2022 by the Vatican Media, shows Pope Francis on wheelchair meeting an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis delays Lebanon visit over health concerns

Nassar did not specify the health reasons, but the pope is known to suffer from knee pain

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Le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan lors d'une conférence de presse à Kiev, en Ukraine, le 3 février 2022

Erdogan vows Turkey will 'not expel' Syrian refugees

Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees

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Syrian Muslim children play at a makeshift park on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in the rebel-held northwestern Idlib province of Syria on May 2, 2022.

UN: Record 9.3 million Syrian children need aid

'Prices of basic supplies including food are skyrocketing, partially as a result of the crisis in Ukraine'

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A Lebanese woman displays her ink-stained finger after voting at the Lebanese embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 6, 2022.

Lebanese abroad cast votes in parliamentary elections

Lebanon's economic crisis pushed middle-class citizens to emigrate in search of a better future

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A member of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement fires his gun during the funeral of some of their members who were killed in Beirut a day earlier, on October 15, 2021.

UN chief calls to disarm Hezbollah ahead of Lebanon elections

Hezbollah's 'capabilities outside the control of the government of Lebanon remains a matter of grave concern'

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Um Mohammed warms up on a kerosene stove with her four-year-old daughter inside a basement in the city of al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province, on December 7, 2018.

Syrians turn to old methods of heating, lighting their homes

A decade of war pushing impoverished Syrians to return to old kerosene lamps and brass lanterns

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People wave Turkish flags next to a statue of the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 during a demonstration in support of the Turkish president

Turkey arrests over 100 demonstrators on May Day

The demonstrators protested the economic situation in the country

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Des combattants du Hezbollah marchent en tenant des drapeaux lors d'un rassemblement pour marquer la journée de Jérusalem ou journée Al-Quds, dans la banlieue sud de Beyrouth, au Liban, vendredi 29 avril 2022.

Nasrallah warns Israel of Iranian retaliation over Syria strikes

Israel carries out strikes against Iranian military targets and weapon convoys in war-torn Syria

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In this file photo taken on May 26, 2021 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) and his wife Asma (R) cast their votes at a polling station in Douma, near Damascus, Syria, on May 26, 2021.

US believes Syrian President Assad's family worth $1-2 billion

Estimate includes the president's wife, brother, sister, cousins and uncle

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Turkish national flags fly in Istanbul, Turkey on December 6, 2020.

Turkey to release journalist arrested over posts on personal-data leaks

Haskologlu was arrested for sharing President Tayyip Erdogan's ID card as proof hackers stole information

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A man walks past an electoral billboard in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 13, 2022, showing text in Arabic which reads "they deprived you of justice, #vote_against_them," ahead of the parliamentary election.

Lebanon set to vote, but residents remain hopeless

'I am extremely disappointed, and to be honest, this is the last card before immigrating from Lebanon'

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This file photo taken on January 20, 2022 shows President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan attending a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey extradites Hamas members to Israel

"Dozens of people identified with Hamas in various circles have been deported"