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Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border

8 February 2016

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - 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.

Uganda police buy anti-riot gear ahead of Museveni's re-election bid

8 February 2016

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda has bought anti-riot gear ahead of a Feb. 18 election in a move which police say will bolster security during voting but which critics say aims to intimidate opponents of President Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking to extend his 30-year rule.

Faced with new influx, Turkey's open door for migrants may be closing

8 February 2016

ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - As the number of Syrian refugees now amassing on the Turkish border swells into the tens of thousands, Ankara's long-standing open door to migrants may be closing.

Migrants' boat capsizes off Turkish coast, 22 drown - coast guard

8 February 2016

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Twenty-seven migrants, 11 of them children, drowned off Turkey's Aegean coast as they tried to reach a Greek island, the Turkish coast guard said.

Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah - White House

8 February 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House on Feb. 24, the White House said on Monday.

Groups urge Kerry to work for release of U.S. businessman held in Iran

8 February 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five Iranian-American groups wrote to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, urging him to work for the release of an Iranian-American businessman who has been detained in Iran since October.

Tens killed in clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

8 February 2016

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - At least nine civilians and 16 separatist fighters were killed as security forces try to root out Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, the army and the region's biggest parliamentary party said separately on Monday.

Pakistan probe: no evidence links militant group to Indian air base attack - officials

8 February 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - A special investigation team set up in Pakistan to probe a deadly assault on an Indian air base last month found no evidence implicating the leader of the group India blamed for the attack, Pakistani security officials said on Monday.

U.N. war crimes team has shared files on foreign fighters in Syria

8 February 2016

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations war crimes investigators have provided judicial assistance to various countries in response to 15 requests for information on foreign fighters in Syria, investigator Carla del Ponte said on Monday.

Merkel says 'appalled' by suffering in Syria due to Russian bombing

8 February 2016

ANKARA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised Russia on Monday for bombings in Syria that have forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee, suggesting they were in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that Moscow signed in December.

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