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Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020…
Stepped-up military action by Syrian regime forces backed by Russia to regain control of the last rebel-held area in the country has displaced some 900,000 civilians since December
Lisa Schlein
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:46
A woman flashes a victory sign with her inked finger while voting in parliamentary elections, at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 21, 2020.
At the same time, citizen journalists on social media record dozens of apparently empty polling stations
Edward Yeranian
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:41
People wearing face masks ride on a motorbike outside Rafik Hariri hospital, where Lebanon's first coronavirus case is being…
Newly detected coronavirus cases in Iran are all linked with Qom, and neighboring Turkey refuses entry of travelers from Qom
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Fri, 02/21/2020 - 13:55
Iranians queue for voting in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians…
The election comes at a time of growing economic hardship for many in Iran
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Fri, 02/21/2020 - 11:30
Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, at al-Alam palace in the capital Muscat.
Country is last stop on Secretary of State's week-long trip that took him to Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia
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Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:31
Iranian couple wearing protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus walk at Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20, 2020.
The report by the semiofficial Mehr news agency came as Iranians voted in nationwide parliamentary elections
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Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:11
FILE - A boy, with a Turkish flag draped over his shoulders, stands in front of a Turkish military vehicle in the town of Tal Abyad, Syria, Oct. 23, 2019.
Moscow hopes to reach a stopgap agreement with Ankara amid growing fears that Russia and Turkey are on the brink of open warfare
Jamie Dettmer
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 09:51
Syrian Aid Groups Brace for Wider Displacement Crisis
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Analysts say the fighting in Idlib, Syria, is moving closer to more heavily populated areas. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Manbij that local aid groups say a cease-fire will not even begin to quell this disaster.
Heather Murdock
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 20:59
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement overlooking the Israeli settlement of Har Homa, located in an…
But Benjamin Netanyahu says the plan would fail if he loses his own reelection next month
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Thu, 02/20/2020 - 20:05
Turkish backed rebel fighters fire a howitzer toward Syrian government's forces positions near the village of Neirab in Idlib…
Diplomatic efforts by Turkey, Russia to end impasse in Idlib remain deadlocked
Dorian Jones
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:47
TOPSHOT - Iranian electoral posters and fliers are pictured on the last day of election campaign in Tehran on February 19, 2020…
Measure means any US assets of officials will be frozen and that transactions with them will be a crime for anyone in the United States
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Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:03
A view overlooks the Jewish West Bank settlement of Ari'el, Jan. 28, 2020.
Both settlements lie on some of the last spaces of land linking the Palestinian areas of the West Bank to their hoped-for capital in east Jerusalem. The Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said expanding in both of the controversial neighborhoods amounted to 'state suicide'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Saudi King Salman, right, at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 20, 2020.
Saudi media did not play up a similar meeting later in the day between the US secretary of state and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the focus of continuing US congressional ire over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate
Edward Yeranian
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:41
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey,…
Erdogan's statement that a cross-border operation into Idlib is just 'a matter of time,' follows in wake of call by UN relief official for immediate cease-fire in Syria
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Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:07
Internally displaced people sit outside tents at a makeshift camp in Azaz, Syria February 19, 2020.  REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi -…
UN officials demand urgent cease-fire in northwest Syria as nearly 1 million people flee in freezing temperatures toward Turkish border
Margaret Besheer
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:09

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