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Palestinians were set to return to pray at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site on July 27 after Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures, potentially ending a nearly two-week crisis that sparked deadly unrest
A cease-fire deal has been reached that will see jihadist fighters withdraw from the Syria-Lebanon border, a top Lebanese official said July 27 after a week-long operation there by the Hezbollah movement
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show
Turkish Cypriot authorities have blocked a vessel hired by far-right activists to prevent would-be migrants from reaching Europe and detained its captain, the group and local media reported on July 26
Egypt has created a “national council” to combat the rise of Islamist “terrorism” which has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on jUL 26.
Local residents joined firefighters in southern France on July 26 to battle blazes that have forced over 10,000 people to flee and left chunks of coastal forest a blackened mess
President Donald Trump said on July 26 he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, a move appealing to some in his conservative political base but creating uncertainty about the fate of thousands of transgender service members
A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers
Germany’s foreign minister says his country and Sweden have made a joint protest to Turkey about the jailing of two human rights activists, demanding that the men be told what exactly they are accused of.
BERLIN - The Associated Press
Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes on June 11 at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for war crimes
At least 19 people were killed when Islamist militants launched a car bomb and gun attack on a busy hotel and adjacent restaurant in the Somali capital, a police officer said on June 15.
Bangladesh rescuers battle to reach victims
Rescue workers were battling yesterday to reach remote areas of Bangladesh hit by landslides and heavy rains that have killed at least 137 people, with dozens more missing.
Eritrea rejects cutting ties with Qatar
Eritrea on June 9 declined a request by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar
BEIRUT – Agence France-Presse
The setting up of a de-escalation zone in southern Syria will be completed in the near future, Russia’s foreign minister claimed on July 21
CARACAS – The Associated Press
US Senate advances on healthcare, with dramatic return by McCain
U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on July 25 to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party’s seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles
US House votes to slap sanctions on Russia
The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on July 25 to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, a move harshly criticized by Kremlin.
President Vladimir Putin said on June 1 that Russia was ready to sell Turkey advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and had discussed the matter with Ankara, the TASS news agency reported.
NEW DELHI – Reuters
Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in on July 25 as India’s 14th president, becoming the first member of a powerful Hindu nationalist movement to assume the highest public office in the world’s largest democracy
SYDNEY – Reuters
Powerful Australian minister Matthew Canavan on Tuesday became the third politician forced to step aside over a question of dual citizenship, saying he was unaware his mother had taken out Italian citizenship for him when he was 25
NATO offers to broker compromise in Turkish-German row
NATO’s secretary general is offering to broker a visit by German lawmakers to troops serving on a Turkish air base in an attempt to heal a rift between the two allies which is disrupting anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) operations
UN accuses Australia of backtracking on asylum
The U.N. refugee agency accused Australia yesterday of reneging on an agreement to settle some vulnerable asylum seekers held in controversial offshore detention centres, but Canberra said no such agreement existed
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