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    US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan talks

    The United States won't attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia, a State Department official said Thursday.The reasons the US wasn't consulted before receiving the invitation.

    Central Asia
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    US-Led Air Strikes On Mosul Kill 230 Civilians

    Iraqi civil defense agency officials and locals said Thursday that rescuers are still recovering bodies from under the debris near Rahma hospital in Mosul’s Jadida district following the explosion that took place.

    West Asia
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    Pak hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to peace talks

    The Taliban said Pakistani officials have hosted a meeting with their leadership to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow.

    South Asia
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    'Worst is yet to come’ for Mosul’s 400000 trapped

    Many civilians fear fleeing because of Daesh snipers and landmines, but 157,000 have reached a reception and transit centre since the Iraqi government offensive on west Mosul began a month ago, it said.

    West Asia
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    Saudi carrying out 'open-air massacre' in Yemen

    Aid groups say Saudi Arabia is carrying out an “open-air massacre” of Yemeni civilians facing famine amid Riyadh’s two-year-long military campaign against the impoverished country.

    West Asia
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    4 killed in attack near UK Parliament

    One police officer and two pedestrians were among those killed during Wednesday's attack on Westminster Bridge near the House of Parliament, said Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley.

    World
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    Taliban signal interest in joining Moscow talks

    The Afghan Taliban have signalled willingness to take part in a meeting that Russia is expected to host next month on peace and reconciliation in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

    Central Asia
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    33 dead in US-led raid on school in northern Syria

    At least 33 people were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school used as a center for displaced people near a militant-held Syrian town, a monitor said Wednesday.

    West Asia
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    'India could strike Pak with nuclear weapons first to pre-empt attack'

    There is increasing evidence that India could launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike to prevent Pakistan from using the option first, says an expert.

    South Asia
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    UN rejects Saudi call to supervise Yemen port

    The United Nations on Monday rejected a call by the Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen for the key port of Hodeida to be placed under its supervision.

    West Asia
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    Turkey:2000 detained on terror allegations

    Turkish authorities detained more than 2,000 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year’s failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday.

    West Asia
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    Pakistan PM orders reopening of Afghan border

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the immediate reopening of border crossings with Afghanistan, more than a month after they were closed.

    South Asia
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    In the moment of his political triumph, Modi has chosen to defeat India

    The elevation of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is an odious and ominous development. It is an odious choice because the BJP has picked someone who is widely regarded as the single most divisive.

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    Syria fires missiles at Israeli jets following airstrikes

    The Israeli military said its warplanes struck several targets in Syria and were back in Israeli-controlled airspace when several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria toward the Israeli jets.

    West Asia
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    Saudi strike kills 44 refugees off Yemen coast

    At least 44 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded after a Saudi airstrike hit a refugee boat off Yemen’s western coast.Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported on Thursday.

    West Asia
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    The Oversimplification of Syria

    Syria has become the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time that has claimed half a million lives and caused the displacement of more than 11 million people.

    West Asia
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    'Israel imposes 'apartheid regime' on Palestinians'

    The report, commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), said on Wednesday that "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.

    West Asia
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    Bahrain on boil over imminent death sentence for top cleric

    Scores of people have held separate protests in Bahrain to voice their support for distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been stripped of his nationality and put on trial by the regime in Manama.

    West Asia
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    Bahraini court delays verdict in top cleark's case

    The court had earlier set March 14 as the date to issue its ruling on Sheikh Qassim's case, but it adjourned its decision until May 7, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported on Tuesday.

    West Asia
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    Russia warns against planned Saudi attack in Yemen

    Russia has warned against an imminent military attack by Saudi Arabia against the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, emphasizing that the offensive would exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

    West Asia
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    Release of detainees, ceasefire, humanitarian aid on Astana Syria talks agenda

    A new meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana officially kicked off with a bilateral meeting between the UN and Russian delegations on March 14. The Russian delegation also met with the delegation from Jordan.

    West Asia
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    Yemen war killed over 1,500 children in two years:UN

    The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government’s side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

    West Asia
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    Sufi Muslim leader, maid shot dead in Bangladesh

    Unidentified attackers shot dead a Sufi leader and his maid in a remote northern Bangladesh town late Monday, police said, the latest attack targeting religious minorities in the Muslim-majority country.

    South Asia
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    Delegates gather in Astana for Syria talks

    Kazakhstan says delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey are arriving in Astana for a third round of talks to put an end to the conflict in Syria.

    West Asia

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