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Middle East

U.N. hopes for Syria peace talks in October or November

The UN hopes for Syrian peace talks later this year.The United Nations hopes for a "serious negotiation" between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.
 

Two killed on Gaza-Egypt border in confrontation between Hamas and rival Islamist militants

Militants in Gaza.A Hamas security man and a member of a rival Islamist militant group were killed on Thursday in a confrontation in the Gaza Strip near the Palestinian enclave's border with Egypt, security sources said.
   

Pace of airstrikes, clashes in Yemen sharply higher in 2017

Destroyed vehicles from an air strike in Yemen.Yemen suffered more airstrikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, according to a report by international aid agencies.
   

Suicide attacker kills seven Iraqi soldiers near city of Baiji

A member of the Iraqi security forces.Seven Iraqi soldiers were killed on Wednesday when a suicide attacker tried to infiltrate a security headquarters near the northern city of Baiji where Islamic State is entrenched in nearby mountain areas, security sources said.
   

Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

The wreckage of a Syrian MiG.The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot.
   

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