Anti-ISIL coalition meeting starts in Kuwait

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Pentagon seeks to invest 550M on PYD PKK in FY2019

Pentagon seeks to invest $550M on PYD/PKK in FY2019


$300M requested to train and equip PYD/PKK, $250M to build ‘border security force’ in Syria




Trump offers condolences to Putin over plane crash

Trump offers condolences to Putin over plane crash


President offers U.S. assistance in investigation into Saratov Airlines Flight 703




Tillerson says 'too early' for direct talks with N Korea

Tillerson says 'too early' for direct talks with N. Korea


Pence was quoted in the Washington Post on Sunday as saying the US and South Korea had agreed terms for future diplomatic engagement with North Korea.




Palestine icon Salah faces another 6 months in solitary

Palestine icon Salah faces another 6 months in solitary


Sheikh Raed Salah has already served out six months in solitary confinement in Israeli prison facility




UN warns of escalating violence in Yemen

UN warns of escalating violence in Yemen


Civilians face frequent sniping, shelling and airstrikes in Yemen, UN human rights chief says  




Iraqi speaker expects non-sectarian govt after polls

Iraqi speaker expects non-sectarian govt after polls


Iraq will hold parliamentary election on May 13




US envoy Tillerson in Egypt at start of Mideast tour

US envoy Tillerson in Egypt at start of Mideast tour


Tillerson landed in Cairo late Sunday and had dinner with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.




France FM visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

France FM visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction


France has been a key member of the US-led military coalition fighting IS after the jihadist group seized large swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in 2014.




Gaza Strip hospital cleaners strike for back pay

Gaza Strip hospital cleaners strike for back pay


Hospital cleaners in Gaza Strip strike to demand overdue pay




White House sends condolences over Russian plane crash

White House sends condolences over Russian plane crash


The US 'deeply saddened' by plane crash in Moscow suburbs that killed over 70 people




Turks in Canada pray for military success in Syria

Turks in Canada pray for military success in Syria


Turkish nationals in southeastern Canadian city of Montreal gather to pray for Turkish soldiers conducting Syria operation




UN rights chief calls on PNG to safeguard Australia camp

UN rights chief calls on PNG to safeguard Australia camp refugees


Some 600 men were moved out of an Australian-run camp on PNG's Manus Island in November to three transit centres after a local court ruled the facility was unconstitutional.




Violence kills 3 civilians in northern Iraq

Violence kills 3 civilians in northern Iraq


No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks




Scholars rally for Gaza hospitals amid power crisis

Scholars rally for Gaza hospitals amid power crisis


The Israel-blockaded Gaza Strip has struggled with severe electricity shortages since 2006




US concerned violence escalating at Israel's border

US concerned violence escalating at Israel's border


State Department says Washington 'strongly' supports Israel's sovereign right to defend itself




Trump signs budget bill to reopen government

Trump signs budget bill to reopen government


Massive military, domestic spending in bill that fails to address nearly 1 million undocumented youngsters