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Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

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HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT Turkey opened a new front in Syria's war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of deeper strains between Ankara and NATO ally Washington.

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Egypt's Sisi to run for second term in March election 4:48pm GMT

CAIRO Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday he will run for a second term in office in an election in March, which the former military commander is widely expected to win. | Video

Ex-military chief of staff to run in Egyptian presidential election 4:02pm GMT

CAIRO Former Egyptian armed forces chief of staff General Sami Anan said on Saturday he intended to run in the country's presidential election in March.

Syrian army, allies capture Idlib air base - state TV 3:39pm GMT

BEIRUT Syrian troops and allied forces seized an air base in Idlib province on Saturday, pressing their offensive into the country's largest insurgent stronghold, state television said.

Airport in Libya's capital reopens after closure due to clashes 1:48pm GMT

TRIPOLI The only functioning airport in the Libyan capital reopened on Saturday after a five-day closure caused by deadly clashes that left passenger jets damaged.

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Iraqi parliament postpones vote on election date 12:44pm GMT

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home.

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In year of drama and chaos, Pence quietly advances conservative agenda 19 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON In the run-up to President Donald Trump’s decision last month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative Christian who had long advocated for the move, did something he does only selectively: speak up.

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Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency 19 Jan 2018

CAIRO Six months into laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, Egyptian hopeful Mohamed Anwar Sadat hit a snag: he could not find a hotel prepared to hire him a space to launch his campaign.

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Turkey shells Syria's Afrin region, minister says operation has begun 19 Jan 2018

SUGEDIGI, Turkey Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. | Video

Panama says sunken Iranian tanker had papers in order 19 Jan 2018

PANAMA CITY The Iranian tanker that sank after a collision in the East China Sea, causing the worst oil ship disaster in years, had its paperwork in order, according an initial review by maritime authorities in Panama, whose flag it was sailing under.

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