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Saudi Arabia invites Iranian foreign minister to visit Riyadh

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<!– google_ad_section_start –> Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit, Riyadh said yesterday, hinting at the possibility of a thaw between the Gulf’s two biggest, most bitter rivals, who are at loggerheads over Syria’s civil war. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Jordan’s kidnapped envoy to Libya freed

Fawaz al-Itan was taken in Tripoli last month by gunmen who demanded a fighter be freed from a Jordan jail in exchange.

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Fifth Mers death in Jordan

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has infected 496 people since emerging in 2012, most of them in Saudi Arabia Continue reading…

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Two Spanish journalists freed in Syria

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El Mundo reporter Javier Espinosa and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova free after six months in rebel captivity.

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Deaths in Iraq shooting and suicide attacks

Soldiers and civilians attacked by gunfire and a suicide car bombing in Sunni-majority areas a month before elections.

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Ebola scare forces Senegal to close borders

Guinea records more cases and deaths, as Senegal shuts crossings amid reports of cases in other neighbouring states.

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Car bomb kills three soldiers in attack on Lebanese army checkpoint

Border town attack hit just hours after a speech by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

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Video: Times Minute | Fragile Calm in Kiev

Also on the Minute, the Syrian refugee crisis causes housing problems in Lebanon and exercising may be more potent than medicine.

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Al Qaeda’s Play for Lebanon

Jamie Dettmer on Al Qaeda’s move into Lebanon

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Is Lebanon Unraveling?

A bomb in a Hezbollah stronghold is the latest sign of increasing sectarian violence. Jamie Dettmer reports.

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Fine words but no action from G8

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In the context of the war in Syria, the G8′s support for convening peace talks in Geneva “as soon as possible” and a pledge of US$1.5 billion in humanitarian aid are the diplomatic equivalent of motherhood and apple pie – a comforting reaffirmation of the decent and unobjectionable. But neither will do much to end the crisis any time soon. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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War games in Jordan send a signal to Syria

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of US-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across the dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault in Syria. With the recent deployment of Patriot missiles near the Syrian border, and the mock Syrian accents of those playing the enemy, the message was clear: there is fear of spillover from the Syrian war in this US-allied kingdom, and the potential for a Jordanian role in securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles should Bashar al-Assad’s regime lose control. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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In Besieged Sunni Town of Qusayr, Sunnis Are Bitter

As Hezbollah guerrillas from Lebanon and Syrian troops fought around Qusayr, many Sunnis declared the area’s social fabric had been destroyed.

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Syrian army in full control of Qusayr region, says state TV

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<!– google_ad_section_start –> Syria’s army has overrun the strategic town of Qusayr, state media said on Wednesday, after a blistering offensive spearheaded by thousands of fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. Such a major battlefield success for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, if confirmed, would come as officials from Russia, the US and the UN gathered in Geneva to work on a peace conference amid fresh allegations that the Damascus regime has used chemical weapons. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Missile strike in Aleppo kills 26 as Syrian battle enters third week

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A missile strike near Syria’s biggest city Aleppo killed 26 people and government warplanes pounded Qusayr, a watchdog said on Monday, as a regime offensive to retake the town entered its third week. Regime opponents also suffered a blow when one of the main groups in the National Coalition withdrew from the bloc, denouncing its leadership. US officials said, meanwhile, that Washington would send a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to Jordan for a drill and may keep them there to counter any threat posed by the Syrian war. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Kerry Says U.S. Came ‘Late’ to Syria Peace Effort

The remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry carried the implication that the Obama administration had moved too slowly in its first term on the Syria crisis.

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Sunni-Shiite Violence Flares in Mideast in Wake of Syria War

The war is setting off a contagious sectarian conflict in Iraq and Lebanon, rekindling long-simmering tensions.

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US demands Hezbollah withdraw from Syria

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The United States demanded the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria on Wednesday, saying their active role in combat there was an “extremely dangerous escalation”. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah confirmed last week that the Lebanon-based Shiite movement was actively fighting on the side of its close ally, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Syrian town of Qusayr near the border. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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