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After Iran’s nuclear pact, state firms win most foreign deals

By Yeganeh Torbati, Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Babak Dehghanpisheh | WASHINGTON When world powers agreed in 2015 to lift sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program, the deal's supporters in the United States, Europe and Tehran hoped renewed trade and investment could...

Russia, Turkey: US supporting Syria ‘terrorist’ groups

Turkish president lashes out at US-led forces as Russia says new Washington defence policy would empower "jihadists". Turkey and Russia have separately accused the United States of backing what they call "terrorist groups" in Syria, on the same day they agreed to push for talks...

Inside Story – How’s Israel dealing with fallout of UN vote?

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For years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been forced to walk a thin line. Hardline conservatives within the country, and even within the governing coalition, want Netanyahu to dismiss the idea of a Palestinian state altogether. But much of the international community continues to...

All 92 on Syria-bound Russian military jet killed in crash, including 60 from Red Army Choir

By Polina Devitt and Andrew Osborn | MOSCOW A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said. The...

Jerusalem: 19-year-old shot protesting home demolition

By:Patrick Strickland Ahmad al-Kharoubi, 19, killed during protest against home demolition by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teen during clashes that erupted when soldiers arrived to demolish the home of an alleged attacker. Israeli court rules against Palestinian family's...

Battle for Aleppo:Thousands still waiting for evacuation from east Aleppo

Movement of buses out of Syrian city resumes after harsh weather and obstacles disrupted effort on Wednesday. Thousands of civilians and fighters are still waiting to be evacuated from the last rebelbastion in Aleppo city but difficulties including harsh weather are complicating the finalphase of...

Egypt, Saudi ties worsening

Saudi King Salman ordered the country's officials to stop implementation of all agreements between Riyadh and Cairo until further notice. Al-Bawaba al-Fajr news website quoted an Egyptian diplomatic source as saying that most agreements signed between Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been suspended at the...

Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

By Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. The number of journalists killed in the line of duty is on track to decline in 2016 from...

Thousands wait to leave Aleppo as new deal is reached

Tens of thousands of Syrians stranded in rebel areas of east Aleppo, days after government claimed victory. Tens of thousands of civilians are anxiously waiting to leave eastern Aleppo after a new deal was reached between rebel fighters and the Syrian regime. Al-Farouq Abu Bakr, a...

Battle Over Aleppo Is Over, Russia Says, as Evacuation Deal Reached

By ANNE BARNARD BEIRUT, Lebanon — Russia declared on Tuesday that the four-year battle over Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, was over, as the last remaining rebel fighters agreed to turn over their territory to the Syrian government. While pro-government forces were moving in, United Nations...