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AZAZ (Reuters) - A truck packed with explosives blew up in the city of Azaz in northern Syria on Sunday, killing seven people and wounded a number of others, civil defence forces said.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces have taken control of several towns in northwestern Idlib province, a war monitor and Syrian state media reported, amid a renewed push by President Bashar al-Assad to recapture the last rebel stronghold.
ELAZIG, Turkey (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people and collapsing buildings in affected towns near the centre of the tremor, which was strong enough to be felt in several neighbouring countries.
MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges from China and Russia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Iraq and northeastern Syria, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against prematurely scrapping an international nuclear deal with Iran, saying that it would be wrong to abandon an "imperfect" deal with nothing better in place.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday that hundreds of Syrian militants launched multiple attacks in Syria's Idlib province, killing up to 40 Syrian soldiers and wounding 80, the Interfax news agency reported.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Gunmen in Iran shot dead a commander of the hardline Basij militia who was an ally of Qassem Soleimani, the senior Revolutionary Guards commander killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.
GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organisation (WHO) experts met on Wednesday to evaluate whether the new coronavirus outbreak constitutes an international emergency.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday that Tehran and its regional rival Saudi Arabia should work together to overcome problems, the state news agency IRNA quoted Iranian president's chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi as saying.