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Syria civil war: 150 US soldiers enter Kurdish region

State news agency citing officials calls entry of 150 troops in the Rmeilan airfield area an 'act of aggression'.

US troops

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Turkish reporters get two years in prison for blasphemy

Court sentences Cumhuriyet's Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Cetinkaya to two years in prison for reprinting Charlie Hebdo cover.

Cumhuriyet

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Iraq shuts down Al Jazeera Baghdad bureau

Network "shocked" by action and vows to continue coverage of events in the country.

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Dozens killed in wave of air strikes in Syria’s Aleppo

Syrian government carries out more than 40 strikes in Aleppo leaving at least 30 dead, according to sources in the city.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura

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Jordan changes constitution to give King more power

King Abdullah granted power to make key appointments in move opponents say will give those in the jobs impunity.

King Abdullah II

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Russia asks UN to blacklist Syria rebel groups

Negotiator for the Syrian opposition Mohammed Alloush rejects Russian move against Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham.

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UN rejects Israel's claim over Syria's Golan Heights

Security Council says status of the Golan will not change after Netanyahu vows it will remain part of Israeli territory.

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Iraq's parliament approves partial cabinet reshuffle

Embattled country has six new ministers following mass protests calling for political reform and end to corruption.

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Amnesty decries Egypt's detention of 300 people

Rights group slams authorities for crackdown after police arrest hundreds of protesters and journalists.

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Syria peace talks: Opposition renews boycott threat

Conflicting reports emerge about next round of talks as opposition links participation to improvement on the ground.

UN Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura

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