Turkey not avoiding civilians in Syria strikes: Human Rights Watch

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BEIRUT: Human Rights Watch is criticizing the way Turkey is conducting its offensive in northern Syria, saying it has failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties. The New York-based group cites three attacks in the Afrin region in late January that it says killed a total of 26 civilians, including 17 children. In a statement Friday, it called on Turkey to thoroughly investigate these strikes and make the findings public. Turkey launched an air and ground offensive in the Kurdish-controlled region on January 20, saying it aims to…

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Palestinian attacker dies after shot by Israeli soldiers: Army

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RAMALLAH: A Palestinian died after attacking Israeli soldiers and being shot during clashes overnight in the occupied West Bank, the army said Thursday. Protests broke out when the Israeli army entered the Palestinian city of Jericho in a bid to arrest suspects. “A Palestinian assailant armed with an iron rod ran towards (Israeli) troops,” an army statement said. “The troops fired towards the assailant and confronted him from close range and were able to stop him. A knife was also found in his possession.” The man was identified by the…

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Iran will withdraw from nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit, deputy minister says

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LONDON: Iran will withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit from it and major banks continue to fail to do business with the Islamic Republic, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday. The July 2015 agreement between Iran and six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – obliged Iran to restrict its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy. But U.S. President Donald Trump delivered an ultimatum to European powers…

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Iran will withdraw from nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit, deputy minister says

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LONDON: Iran will withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit from it and major banks continue to fail to do business with the Islamic Republic, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday. The July 2015 agreement between Iran and six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – obliged Iran to restrict its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy. But U.S. President Donald Trump delivered an ultimatum to European powers…

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Killing of civilians in Syria is a massacre: Angela Merkel

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BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday condemned the killing of civilians in Syria as a massacre, adding that Berlin would reach out to Russia in its efforts to stop the violence. “What we currently see, the dreadful events in Syria, a regime fighting not against terrorists, but against its own people, the killing of children, the destruction of hospitals, all this is a massacre which needs to be condemned,” Merkel said. Merkel said that Berlin would discuss the war in Syria with Moscow. “We must do everything that is…

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