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July 10, 2017
New UN mission to help Colombia rebels return to society
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 10, 2017
The UN Security Council on Monday decided to establish a new mission in Colombia to help FARC rebels reintegrate in society as the peace deal moves to a challenging phase after the laying down of weapons. After the historic agreement ended half a century of guerrilla war, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) completed the handover of individual weapons on June 27, under UN supervision. The council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution that sets up the new verification mis ... read more

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US-led strikes claim another 119 civilian lives:
A review of past air and artillery strikes has found that another 119 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, pushing the total number of such deaths to 603. ... more
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Cyprus talks collapse without a deal
Marathon talks aimed at ending Cyprus's drawn-out conflict collapsed Friday without a deal, despite an 11th-hour bid by the UN chief to rescue them. ... more
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Last Colombian rebel group says ceasefire is near
Now that Colombia's leftist FARC rebels have laid down their weapons under a peace accord ending 50 years of war, the country has one last guerrilla group that is still active, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. ... more
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Lebanon asks army to probe Syrian detainee deaths
Lebanon's government called Thursday for the military to investigate the deaths of four Syrians arrested after Lebanese army raids last week on a refugee camp in the country's northeast. ... more
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No deal to end Cyprus's decades-old division as talks crumble
Marathon talks aimed at ending Cyprus's drawn-out conflict sputtered out early Friday without a deal, despite valiant efforts from the UN chief to jumpstart the process. ... more
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UN chief in Switzerland for stalled Cyprus talks
UN chief Antonio Guterres met Cyprus's rival leaders on Thursday in a bid to unblock sputtering negotiations to end the island's decades-long division. ... more
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US-led strikes killed 224 civilians since allies entered Raqa: monitor
US-led coalition air strikes have killed at least 224 civilians since the Syrian forces it backs entered Islamic State group bastion Raqa a month ago, a monitor said on Thursday. ... more
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US-backed forces breach IS defences in heart of Syria's Raqa
US-backed forces have penetrated the heavily fortified heart of jihadist bastion Raqa for the first time, in a key milestone in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria. ... more

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Erdogan hosts Russia defence chief amid Syria border tensions
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Istanbul as tension soared on the Syrian border between Turkish troops and a Kurdish militia. ... more
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Philippines' Duterte threatens to jail martial law critics
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail critics of his use of martial law in the violence-wracked south, days before the Supreme Court is set to rule on its legality this week. ... more
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US-backed forces breach IS defences in heart of Syria's Raqa
US-backed forces have penetrated the heavily fortified heart of jihadist bastion Raqa for the first time, in a key milestone in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria. ... more
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Greece demands withdrawal of 'occupying troops' from Cyprus
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias demanded Monday the withdrawal of Turkey's "occupying troops" from Cyprus, striking a combative tone at negotiations in Switzerland striving to end the island's 40-year division. ... more
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Fifth round of Syria talks begins in Kazakhstan
A fifth round of talks on ending the six-year Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in the war-torn country. ... more
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Israeli plane hits Syrian army in latest Golan exchange
An Israeli warplane struck a Syrian army post on Friday, the Israeli military said, hours after stray fire from Syria's civil war hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. ... more
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US Congress may need to debate new war authorities
The US Congress is a step closer to debating the legal authorities to wage war that were first approved in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. ... more
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New UN mission would help Colombia rebels become civilians
The UN Security Council is preparing to establish a new mission in Colombia to help former FARC rebels become part of mainstream society after they laid down their weapons under a historic peace deal, diplomats said Friday. ... more

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Myanmar journalists charged, held in jail for covering armed group
Myanmar on Wednesday charged three journalists for reporting on an armed ethnic group in a case that has fuelled alarm at the erosion of press freedom. ... more
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30 civilians dead in air strikes on IS-held area of Syria
At least 30 civilians were killed in air strikes on an area of eastern Syria held by the Islamic State group on Wednesday, a monitoring group said. ... more
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Dozens dead in US-led raids on jihadist-run Syrian jail
US-led coalition air strikes killed nearly 60 people at a Syrian prison run by the Islamic State group, a monitor said Tuesday, as critics hit out at Washington for threatening action against Damascus. ... more
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Cyprus conflict 'possible to solve': UN mediator
Talks in Switzerland this week on Cyprus's decades-long partition represent the "best chance" to resolve the conflict, the UN mediator said Tuesday. ... more
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Colombia FARC rebels seal historic disarmament
Colombia's leftist FARC rebel force declared its disarmament complete on Tuesday after half a century of war against the state, bringing an end to Latin America's oldest armed guerrilla force. ... more
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Syria hotline for US and Russia still in use: US
Russian and US military officials are still using a special hotline to communicate about operations in Syria, a US official said Friday, days after Moscow said it was severing the connection. ... more
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Russia warships and sub fire cruise missiles at Syria: Moscow
Two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean have fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in Syria, the defence ministry said Friday. ... more
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Israel launches air raid on Syria in return for fire: army
An Israeli aircraft carried out a strike on Syria after 10 projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit the occupied Golan Heights on Saturday, an army spokesman said. ... more
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