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Turkey warns Syrian forces entering Afrin face serious consequences

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Syrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin region to support a Kurdish militia there will face "serious consequences" and they will be regarded as legitimate targets.

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Stakes rise in Turkish Afrin attack as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey shelled Afrin overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign of slackening its assault on the Kurdish-held region despite the arrival of pro-Syrian government militia there, a war monitor said.

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Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict.

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Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd

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Bombs still fall on Syria's Ghouta after heaviest toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Pro-government forces carried air raids in Syria's eastern Ghouta rebel-held enclave overnight on Monday and early on Tuesday after the heaviest one-day death toll from bombardment there in three years, a war monitor said.

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Syrian Observatory: bombing kills 71 in eastern Ghouta in a day

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A surge in attacks by the Syrian government and its allies has killed 71 people in the rebel pocket of eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours, a war monitoring group said on Monday.

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Syrian Observatory: 71 dead in eastern Ghouta in past day

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government air strikes and artillery killed 71 people in the eastern Ghouta pocket near Damascus over the past 24 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Monday.

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Islamic State kills 12 Iraqi militiamen near Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants ambushed a convoy of government-backed militia fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk late on Sunday, killing at least 12 of them, police and militia commanders said on Monday.

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Second Afghan governor defies President Ghani

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A second Afghan provincial governor defied an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to remove him on Sunday, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the Western-backed government in Kabul.

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U.S. still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved.

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Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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Pentagon chief urges Turkey to stay focused on fighting Islamic State

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Turkey to remain focused on fighting Islamic State militants in Syria, a Pentagon statement on Thursday said.

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France says Syria red line only crossed if gas attacks 'lethal': minister

PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign minister on Wednesday sought to clarify his government's position on the use of chemical weapons in Syria saying that Paris would only strike if the attacks were lethal and carried out by government forces.

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Kuwait pledges $2 billion for Iraq's reconstruction

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait will lend $1 billion to Iraq and commit a further $1 billion of investment to the country, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah told an international conference on Iraq's reconstruction on Wednesday.

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Colombia says needs international aid to cope with Venezuela crisis

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday the country needs international aid to help cope with the humanitarian crisis caused by hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing over the border to escape the economic crisis

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German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the center-left party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will face "more surprises" should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria's air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 y

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Syrian government rejects U.N.-led committee to alter constitution

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria's government on Tuesday rejected efforts led by the United Nations to form a committee to rewrite Syria's constitution, the main result of a peace congress among Syrian groups in Russia last month.

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Russia, Iran, Turkey foreign ministers to discuss Syria in Astana next month

ASTANA (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey plan to meet next month to discuss the situation in Syria, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Tuesday.

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Russians killed in clash with U.S.-led forces in Syria, say associates

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian fighters were among those killed when U.S.-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria this month, former associates of the dead said on Monday.

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Ukraine crisis needs 20,000-strong U.N. force: report

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United Nations should consider a force of some 20,000 soldiers from non-NATO countries and 4,000 police to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine, according to a new report to be presented to top officials this week.

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EU urges restraint in latest Syria escalation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive on Monday said the warring Syrian parties and their regional allies should show restraint to avoid a further spiral of violence in the region.

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Kremlin says U.S. diplomatic help on Syria insufficient

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. support for the process of stabilizing Syria has been inadequate, the Kremlin spokesman Dmtiry Peskov said on Monday.

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Iraq reconstruction after Islamic State to cost $88 billion: officials

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with Islamic State will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international conference on Monday.

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