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Rebels vow to keep fighting if landmark talks with Assad government fail
Syrian rebels vowed Monday to keep fighting if the peace talks fail with the war-torn country's government in Kazakhstan, as the two sides opened indirect negotiations.
 
IS destruction of ancient city 'a war crime'
The destruction by Islamic State (IS) jihadists of two key cultural sites in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra is a "war crime," UNESCO said Friday.
 
Iran firefighters feared trapped in high-rise rubble
Dozens of firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-story Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire.
 
Demolitions spark violence in Israeli Arab village
Demolitions in an Israeli Arab village activists say has been targeted by racist policies sparked violence on Wednesday, with a policeman killed and the man accused of attacking him shot dead.
 
Egypt court strikes down Saudi island deal
An Egyptian court on Monday ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Gulf patron.
 
Syrian rebels to attend peace talks
Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict.
 
Lack of customers final nail for Lebanon wooden coffin maker
In a tiny workshop in Lebanon's Tripoli, coffin maker Michel Homsi takes a drag on a cigarette, surrounded by his carefully crafted handiwork, waiting for customers that never seem to arrive.
 
Oman accepts 10 inmates from Guantanamo Bay at US request
Oman said Monday it accepted 10 inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close.
 
Bahrain executions over bombing stoke violence
Bahrain on Sunday executed three men found guilty of killing three policemen, sparking violent protests and stoking tensions between the country's Shiite majority and its Sunni rulers.
 
Peace summit opens amid Israel protests
Diplomats from 70 countries gathered in Paris on Sunday to try to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts amid fears of a new escalation if Donald Trump implements a pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
 
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