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Syria war could spark confrontation between powers

The chance of unintentional confrontation between foreign powers involved in Syria has risen as its five-year-old conflict turns into a proxy war influenced by increasingly engaged outside powers, a European think-tank said on Wednesday.

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Guns fall silent as Syria truce takes effect

Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, the first day of a cessation of hostilities that the United Nations has described as the best hope for peace in five years of civil war. Under the US-Russ

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Five humanitarian crises largely overlooked in 2015

From civil war and urban gang violence to drought, some humanitarian crises around the world receive less media attention and donor funding than others and are less visible. Below are the top five humanitarian crises of 2015, in n

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GCC calls for Yemen reconstruction meeting

GCC states called on Thursday for an international reconstruction conference for Yemen after any deal to end its civil war, which has killed 6,000 people and caused widespread damage to the country's economy and infrastructure.

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Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war

An advance into Yemen's Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi'ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country's many conflicts, with potential consequences well beyond its

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Signs of 'civil war' in Iraq says Saudi Arabia

Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said on Wednesday that the deteriorating security situation in Iraq shows signs of a "civil war". "This grave situation that is storming Iraq carries with it the signs of

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Khamenei warns of US loss over Syria

Iran's most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Thursday the US was using a chemical attack in Syria's civil war as a pretext to interfere in the country and warned it would suffer loss from any intervention.

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Americans oppose US intervention in Syria

Americans strongly oppose US intervention in Syria's civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria's government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll s

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Syria struggles to tap frozen funds for food tenders

Syria's efforts to step up food purchases are being thwarted by sellers unwilling to risk delays in payments from frozen foreign bank accounts. Civil war and a deepening humanitarian crisis have prompted the government of Pres

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Egypt braces for rival rallies, army signals crackdown

A deeply polarised Egypt braced for bloodshed on Friday in rival mass rallies summoned by the army that ousted the state's first freely elected president and by the Islamists who back him. Both sides warned of a decisive strug

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