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FILE - In this July 27, 2017 file photo, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters prepare to fire a mortar shell, at one of the front lines, in Raqqa, northeast Syria. Syrian activists said Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 that U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters have captured the last town held by the Islamic State group, in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by ISSyrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led fighters take major town in last area held by Islamic State group
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Lebanese minister presses for reforms after Moody's reportLebanon's finance minister says that the Moody's Investors Service report that downgraded the country's status shows the urgency of forming a new Cabinet and implementing economic reforms
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Palestinian protesters set tires on fire during clashes with Israeli troops at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashesAn 18-year-old Palestinian died hours after Israeli soldiers shot him in clashes Friday with rock-throwing crowds in the West Bank
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over airstrikesIraq's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Turkey's ambassador to protest Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militia positions in northern Iraq
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Israeli soldiers deeply near the scene of an attack near the settlement of Givat Assaf in the West Bank, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement on Thursday, shooting at soldiers and civilians and killing at least two Israelis before fleeing, the military and Israel's rescue service said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protestPalestinian police have cracked down on a Hamas protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, beating demonstrators with batons and throwing stun grenades
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country's eastSyrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian fighters take last town held by Islamic State group in country's east
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnelsLebanese wary, curious as Israeli troops destroy what they say are border attack tunnels built by Hezbollah
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Protesters, police scuffle in anti-tax protests in JordanHundreds protest in Jordan against planned tax increases, high youth unemployment; some scuffle with riot police
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a defence industry meeting event in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Erdogan said Turkey will begin "within a few days" a new military operation to drive out U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria, east of the Euphrates River. The move is likely to increase tensions between NATO allies, Turkey, and the United States. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on ISSyrian Kurdish-led militia says threats by Turkey's president of new military operation in Syria will impact anti-IS fight
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A Palestinian looks at a damage after an Israeli raid killed Ashraf Naalweh during an arrest raid in the Asker refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Israel accuses Naalweh of shooting to death two Israelis and wounding another at an attack on a West Bank industrial zone in October. He fled the scene and Israeli forces have been searching for him since. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attackIsrael launches manhunt, beefs up West Bank troop levels after a Palestinian gunman kills two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop
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UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after returning from a visit to Syria, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Fore said Thursday that even though the fighting is winding down, 2 million children inside Syria are still out of schools and it will take years and a lot of funding to help children get over the scars of the seven-year conflict. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
UNICEF: 2 million children in Syria still out of schoolsThe head of the U.N. children's agency says even though the fighting is winding down, 2 million children inside Syria are still out of schools and it will take years and a lot of funding to help children get over the scars of the seven-year conflict
The Associated Press1 day ago
A worker counts money at the Central Bank of Yemen's internationally recognized government in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A sense of normalcy has returned to Aden, now the seat of power for Yemen's internationally recognized government, but many challenges remain for bringing a lasting peace to the Arab world's poorest country. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
Yemen's port city of Aden shows challenge of peaceYemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago
The Associated Press1 day ago
A Palestinian looks at a damage after an Israeli raid killed Ashraf Naalweh during an arrest raid in the Asker refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Israel accuses Naalweh of shooting to death two Israelis and wounding another at an attack on a West Bank industrial zone in October. He fled the scene and Israeli forces have been searching for him since. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
The Latest: Israeli PM vows to 'settle the score' of attacksIsrael's prime minister has ordered a number of security measures in the West Bank in response to a Palestinian shooting attack that killed two Israeli soldiers
The Associated Press1 day ago
EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraintsThe EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners
The Associated Press1 day ago
Members of rescue services work at the scene of a train accident in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing more than 5 people and injuring more than 40 others, officials and news reports said. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injuredTurkish officials say a high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing nine people and injuring 84 others
The Associated Press1 day ago
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