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Putin, Erdogan To Discuss Turkey-Kurds Situation In Northern Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Turkey's president in Russia, as Putin cements his role as the main external power-broker in Syria.
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Netanyahu Drops Bid To Form Israeli Government Amid Political Deadlock

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a new government which means his rival Benny Gantz will now get the chance.
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Bad Language Politics In India: Why Modi Wants To Demote English

Worldcrunch.com / THE WIRE -Essay- A few days ago, I was giving lectures around the Silicon Valley, in California. The IT hub of the world, the Silicon Valley is the site of several pioneering..
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A Reporter Walked Into a Prison Full of ISIS Detainees

Don’t worry. None of them were killers. Or so they insisted.
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Despite Vow to End ‘Endless Wars,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 Troops Remain

Under President Trump, there are now more troops in the Middle East than when he took office, and he has continued the mission for tens of thousands of others far from the wars of 9/11.
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What The U.S. Withdrawal From Syria Looks Like From The Ground

Syrians angered at the U.S. betrayal of former Kurdish allies pelted military vehicles with stones and potatoes as U.S. forces left Syria for Iraq. Displaced civilians are also streaming across.
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Hundreds Of Thousands Of Protesters Fill Main Squares In Lebanon

Protests continue to rage in Lebanon where people are demanding an overhaul of their political system. The anger was sparked by plans to introduce a tax on WhatsApp calls, widely used in Lebanon.
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Netanyahu Fails to Form a Government. Israel Turns to Gantz.

Israel’s president will offer the chance to form a government to Benny Gantz.
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Some U.S. Troops May Remain In Northeast Syria To Protect Oil Fields

Other U.S. troops will pivot to fighting ISIS in Iraq, rather than immediately heading home. Some 300,000 people have reportedly been displaced since Turkey's offensive began.
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In The Netflix Era, French Television Must Be Reinvented

Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS -OpEd- *PARIS* — Given the flood of on-demand content coming from U.S. streaming services, what France needs is nothing short of a revolution, a response, in other..
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Turkey’s Border Towns Pay Deadly Price for Erdogan’s Syria Incursion

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign against the Kurdish militia in Syria has led to at least 20 deaths at home and has reopened old wounds in southeast Turkey’s traumatized population.
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ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria

The troop withdrawal ends American operations against the terrorist group conducted jointly with a Kurdish-led militia.
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U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Gathers Speed, Amid Accusations of Betrayal

More than 100 American military vehicles entered Iraq on Monday, accelerating a pullout that greatly reduces American clout in Syria.
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Kurds Leave Northern Syria As Truce With Turkey Is Set To Expire

NPR's Noel King talks to Mona Yacoubian, formerly with the State Department and now with the U.S. Institute of Peace, about the pause in hostilities in northern Syria.
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News Brief: Northern Syria Incursion, Impeachment Inquiry, Opioid Trial

The five-day truce between Turkish and Kurdish forces expires Tuesday. The House hears from more witnesses in the impeachment probe. And, a landmark federal opioid trial begins Monday in Cleveland.
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5-Day Truce Between Turkish And Kurdish Forces Expires Tuesday

Kurdish-Syrian fighters say they have withdrawn from a key border city as part of a U.S. brokered deal with Turkish forces. But both Turkey and the Kurds accuse the other of breaking the ceasefire.
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Lebanon Is Crippled By Massive Anti-Government Protests

In Lebanon, cabinet members on Monday are expected to approve changes — including halving ministers' wages — in a bid to ease an economic crisis and defuse protests.
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Democracy Hasn't Made Latin America Any Less Turbulent

Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -OpEd- *BOGOTÁ* — Latin America elected presidents last year in the region's three most populous countries: Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Of those, only Mexico's..
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Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria

The president appears to be trying to balance competing impulses: bringing troops home while ensuring that efforts to contain ISIS will continue — and answering withering criticism for his Syria..
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Erdogan’s Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.

A month before invading Kurdish areas in Syria, Turkey’s president said he “cannot accept” the West’s restrictions that keep him from a bomb.
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'Sisters In Arms' Celebrates Women Kurdish Fighters In Anti-ISIS Fight

A new movie in France fictionalizes the Kurdish women's brigades and the role they played in helping to defeat ISIS.
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Defense Secretary Esper Arrives In Afghanistan To Devise A Way Forward In 18-Year War

His visit to restart peace talks with the Taliban comes amid debate about the role of U.S. troops in the region after Trump quickly began withdrawing forces from northeastern Syria earlier this month.
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An Introduction To The Kurds

Turkey's invasion of northern Syria following the U.S. abandonment of their Kurdish allies there has put the spotlight on an ethnic group that has long sought autonomy.
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Syria Update

The pullback of U.S. troops in northern Syria has left the Kurds there vulnerable. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to The Wall Street Journal's Dion Nissenbaum about what he's seeing in the region.
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Pelosi Visits Jordan to Discuss Syria Crisis Amid Shaky Cease-Fire

Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a bipartisan delegation to meet the Jordanian king as an American-brokered truce with Turkey in northern Syria continued to stutter.
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In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity

Rosh Haayin almost perfectly reflects the political divide paralyzing Israel, with the religious right on one side and the secular left on the other. But its residents are ready for compromise.
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Kurdish General Slams U.S.-Syria Policy; Gen. Petraeus Calls Withdrawal 'A Betrayal'

Two days into a cease-fire, clashes continue along Syria's northern border. Petraeus, who once commanded U.S. forces in the region, told NPR that withdrawing U.S. troops is unfair to Kurdish allies.
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Update On Turkey And Syria

We have an update two days into the announced pause in hostilities between Turkey and forces in Syria.
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The Middle East: Trump Pulls Back, Putin Pushes In

Donald Trump wants to reduce the U.S. presence in the Middle East. Vladimir Putin has been pushing to increase Russia's role. Events in Syria have crystallized the larger aims of both leaders.
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Kurds’ Sense of Betrayal Compounded by Empowerment of Unsavory Rivals

Abandoned by the U.S., Kurdish forces are doubly angry at who are seeking to replace them: Turkish-allied Syrian fighters the United States had long rejected as extremists, criminals and thugs.
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Lebanon Roiled by Second Day of Protests as Frustration Over Chronic Corruption Boils Over

Demonstrators massed outside the government palace in downtown Beirut, blocked the airport road and burned posters of politicians.
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'We Didn't Believe We Would See The Sun Rise': Refugees From Syria Arrive In Iraq

More than 2,000 refugees have crossed into Iraq since Turkey began its assault on northeastern Syria last week. Aid groups are bracing for as many as 50,000 refugee arrivals.
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Shelling Still Heard At Syrian-Turkish Border After Ceasefire Went Into Effect

Turkey insists the ceasefire is holding in northeastern Syria after brokering a deal with U.S. involvement. But shelling could still be heard at the border hours after the deal was announced.
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Amnesty International Accuses Turkish Troops, Mercenaries Of War Crimes In Syria

Amnesty International has accused Turkish troops and mercenaries of war crimes in northern Syria. The mercenaries have employed brutal methods, particularly with the killing of a Kurdish politician.
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Pause In Turkey's Syria Incursion Largely Holding On First Day

There are a lot of unanswered questions, like whether Kurdish forces are actually withdrawing from the border. The Pentagon says U.S. ground forces won't be involved in enforcing a "safe zone."
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Explosions At Mosque Kill At Least 62 People In Afghanistan

It's the most serious militant attack against civilians in weeks,. And it continues an alarming trend of rising casualties among the public in Afghanistan.
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Up The Ibis Tree 

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH The fauna and flora of South Africa rank among the most impressive I've seen anywhere in the world. Near Durban in the east of the country, I caught them both on vivid..
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Subterranean Earthsick Clues: If Climate Change Forces Us Underground

Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT *BERLIN* — Be it ancient tombs, homes, abandoned mines, sanctuaries or shopping malls, humans have always been inventive when it comes to settling in underground spaces...
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News Brief: Impeachment Inquiry Latest, Turkey Suspends Incursion, Mexico Violence

Turkey says it is suspending its incursion in Syria. We look at the reality on the ground. Also, the latest on the impeachment inquiry and violence in Mexico connected to the son of "El Chapo."
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Kurdish Syrians Flee To Iraq

Hundreds of people fleeing the newly unstable situation in Syria crossed the border and are now in a detention camp in Iraq. They left so quickly that, says one, all they packed were their ambitions.
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Turkey Suspends Incursion

We look at the status of the agreement the U.S. helped to broker in Turkey and what this deal means for the Kurds.
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Fighting Continues in Syria, Hours After Cease-Fire Deal

A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, shelling continued on Friday, raising questions about the deal’s feasibility.
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Soccer Gods Messi And Maradona Are Not Above The Law

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN -OpEd- *BUENOS AIRES* — "I was the first one, which is why they were so hard on me. They were ruthless, to show that they were going to go after everyone. It was a hard..
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Trump Cease-Fire Deal Cements Turkey’s Gains in Syria

The agreement, announced by Vice President Mike Pence, may stop the killing in the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. But the cost to American influence is expected to be high.
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‘It’s Not a Choice:’ Syrians Flee After Turkish Forces Bombard Their Homes

Since Turkish forces attacked Kurdish-controlled territory in northeast Syria, almost two thousand refugees have fled the country. We spoke with some of them in Bardarash refugee camp, across the..
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Brett McGurk, Former Special Envoy For Coalition Fighting ISIS, Weighs In On Syria

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL, about the current situation in Syria.
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The Human Toll Of Turkey's Invasion Into Northern Syria

Turkey's invasion of northern Syria has sparked a humanitarian crisis with tens of thousands of people displaced and searching for safety. Scores of others have been killed and wounded.
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Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed To Suspend Its Incursion Into Syria

Pence led a delegation to try to convince the Turkish president to stop the military incursion into Syria and enact a ceasefire. The goals were considered highly unlikely ahead of Thursday's meeting.
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Reporters' Notebook: The Moment Everything Changed In Syria

Here is what it was like in the northern part of the country as the Syrian military started advancing to retake territory after the U.S. made way for Turkey's incursion against the Kurdish forces.
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Mare Nostrum: Jews, Palestinians And Our Mediterranean Identity

Worldcrunch.com / LA STAMPA -Essay- *PALERMO* — Once more the Italians have spoiled me, and after the Mantua literary festival in September I made my way to Sicily to receive an honorary..
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