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Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact - minister

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JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defence aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signalling a snag in negotiations.

Saudi Arabia says open to sending special forces into Syria

WASHINGTON Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday held out the possibility of sending Saudi special forces into Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.

World, Syria 2:17am IST

Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.

World, Syria 2:12am IST

Migrant arrivals to Greece's Lesbos rise after days of bad weather

ON BOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Greece They waved, cheered and let out sighs of relief as their rubber boat, packed with dozens of mainly Syrian and Afghan refugees, approached the Greek coast guard ship that would rescue them at open sea near the island of Lesbos.

World, Syria 1:38am IST

Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending a controversial combat role in the fight against Islamic State.

World, Syria, Iraq 1:26am IST

Italy demands justice for slain student, Egypt rejects accusations

ROME/CAIRO Italy demanded on Monday that Egypt catch and punish those responsible for the death of a student found tortured by a roadside in Cairo, and the Egyptian government dismissed suggestions its security services could have been involved.

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Israel tries to bolster its image via Oscars 'swag bag'

JERUSALEM Top Academy Award nominees will have a politically charged gift in their swag bag this year - a luxury trip to Israel paid for in part by a government that hopes such celebrity junkets will offset news coverage of the country's troubles.

08 Feb 2016

Tens killed in clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

ISTANBUL At least nine civilians and 16 rebel fighters have been killed as security forces battle militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, the army and the region's main political party said on Monday.

08 Feb 2016

Turkey, Germany to seek NATO help monitoring migrant flow from Syria

ANKARA Turkey and Germany plan to seek help from NATO allies in monitoring the flow of migrants from Syria trying to get to Europe across the Aegean Sea, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. | Video

World, Syria 08 Feb 2016

Putin ally says Chechen spies infiltrate Islamic State in Syria

MOSCOW Ramzan Kadyrov, hardline leader of Russia's Chechen region and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, said Chechen spies loyal to Moscow had infiltrated Islamic State in Syria and were gathering intelligence for Russian air force bombing strikes.

World, Syria 08 Feb 2016

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