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Friday, January 29, 2016
Chaotic run-up to Syria peace talks reflects big gap
The invitations are sent and preparations are underway at the U.N.'s Palais des Nations in Geneva, where the first peace talks in two years on the conflict in Syria are to begin Friday.
The United Nations says the number of besieged areas in Syria's conflict has risen to 18, up from 15 earlier this month, with as many as half a million people now affected.
Three Al-Jazeera journalists who were abducted in the war-ravaged Yemeni city of Taiz have been released, the network said in a statement on Thursday as one of the released reporters accused Shiite rebels of being behind the kidnapping.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
A video showing a reporter and an actor handing Egyptian policemen condom balloons on the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising received more than 1 million views online but could land them in jail.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Iran leader asks pope for prayers after Vatican talks
Iran's president asked Pope Francis to pray for him Tuesday after the two men held private talks at the Vatican, part of an Iranian effort to take a more prominent place on the world stage after a nuclear deal with Western powers.
A top World Bank official has proposed zero-interest loans to help economically fragile Jordan and Lebanon deal with the burden of hosting Syrian refugees.
Dozens of juvenile offenders 'face death in Iran'
Dozens of people who were arrested in Iran for crimes committed before they turned 18 remain at risk of the death penalty despite recent reforms, with many having already spent years on death row, according to a report by Amnesty International released on Tuesday.
King Tut hasn't been around for a few thousand years, but his power remains: after a botched repair job of the famedharaoh's beard left scratches on his burial mask, Egyptian prosecutors haverdered eight museum workers to a disciplinary court for "gross negligence."
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Turkey's foreign minister warned Monday that any participation of Kurdish forces in U.N.-sponsored talks on Syria would be dangerous and would spell the end of the initiative seeking to end the nearly five-year conflict.
Yemen prime minister returns to Aden; Saudi airstrikes kill civilians
The Yemeni prime minister and his Cabinet returned on Monday to the volatile southern port city of Aden, months after he was targeted in a suicide bombing that forced them to leave the country.
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