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The Afghan government expressed concern over a high-level meeting on the country held in Moscow on Tuesday between Russia, China and Pakistan that did not include any Afghan representatives.
 
Abbas hopes Paris summit ends settlements
The Palestinian president said Tuesday that he hopes the upcoming Mideast conference in France will set a timetable to end settlements, while Israel advances plans for thousands of new homes in parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians, as well as "reducing" ties with nations that voted for last week's U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro Sunday two days after Washington abstained in a vote on a U.N. resolution against Israeli settlements.
 
Residents of the Syrian capital were facing their third consecutive day of water shortages on Sunday, with authorities accusing "terrorist groups" of deliberately poisoning water resources.
 
Iraq Christians head home for wartime Christmas
For the 300 Christians who braved rain and wind to attend Christmas's Eve Mass in their hometown, the ceremony evoked both holiday cheer and grim reminders of the war raging around their northern Iraqi town, and the distant prospect of moving back home.
 
Syria-bound Russian military jet crashes with 91 onboard
A Russian military plane crashed Sunday in the Black Sea as it made its way to Syria with 91 people onboard, including musicians heading to celebrate the New Year with troops.
 
United Nations demands end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories after US abstains from vote
The U.N. Security Council on Friday demanded that Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory, after the United States refrained from vetoing a resolution condemning its closest Middle East ally.
 
In an unusual move, Iran and six world powers on Friday released previously restricted documents about their nuclear deal to enforce their view that Tehran is not circumventing limits on its limit of enriched uranium, which could be used to make nuclear weapons.
 
UN demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains
The UN Security Council on Friday demanded that Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory, after the United States refrained from vetoing a resolution condemning its closest Middle East ally.
 
'Passengers freed' from hijacked Libyan plane
Hijackers claiming to have a grenade took over a Libyan plane and diverted it to Malta Friday, before releasing almost all the passengers onboard, the prime minister of the Mediterranean island said.
 
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