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Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal: monitor

Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal: monitor

Thousands of displaced Syrians were heading home Saturday after rebels and the government reached a ceasefire deal in the south following more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitor said.

Rebel-held south Syria hit by heaviest strikes yet

Rebel-held south Syria hit by heaviest strikes yet

The Syrian government and its Russian ally pounded rebel-held areas of the southern province of Daraa on Thursday with the heaviest air strikes of a two-week-old offensive, an AFP correspondent and a monitor reported.

Syria rebels mull tough Russian terms for southern handover

Syria rebels mull tough Russian terms for southern handover

Rebels in Syria's south on Wednesday discussed a Russian proposal to hand over their remaining territory in exchange for a halt to the regime's blistering offensive, rebel sources said.

Yemen president demands full rebel withdrawal from Hodeida

Yemen president demands full rebel withdrawal from Hodeida

Yemen's embattled president has demanded a full rebel withdrawal from conflict-hit Hodeida, a government source said, after talks with the UN's top envoy on Wednesday in Aden.

Eritrea welcomes Ethiopia PM's peace gesture

Eritrea welcomes Ethiopia PM's peace gesture

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position of new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and "chart out a plan".

EU extends Crimea sanctions for another year

EU extends Crimea sanctions for another year

The European Union on Monday rolled over for another year tough sanctions imposed over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Sri Lanka moves to compensate war victims after years of delay

Sri Lanka moves to compensate war victims after years of delay

Sri Lanka on Wednesday announced the first steps in a long-delayed process to compensate victims of the civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 100,000 lives.

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the UN said Monday.

Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad denied Moscow is running the show in his war-torn country, saying in an interview released Sunday his government operates independently of its Russian and Iranian allies.

IS militants lose ground in Syria town after major attack: monitor

IS militants lose ground in Syria town after major attack: monitor

The Islamic State group had lost ground Saturday in a town on the Syrian-Iraqi border after pro-regime forces repelled a major attack the day before, a Britain-based monitor said.

Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday

Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday

The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency meeting next Wednesday at 3:00 pm (19:00 GMT) to vote on an Arab-backed resolution on Gaza, the body's president Miroslav Lajcak announced Friday.

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

Nicaragua death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain

At least 16 people were killed and 88 injured on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday as pro- and anti-government supporters clashed in a number of cities.