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Syrian army declares ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta area

​The Syrian military announced a cessation of hostilities in the Eastern Ghouta region just outside the capital Damascus, which it said began at 12:00 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) on Saturday, according to state television.

U.S. lawmakers reach deal on new sanctions against Russia, Iran, DPRK

​U.S. Republicans and Democrats on Saturday have reached agreement on a bill that would include new sanctions against Russia, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

India: Online petition launched to stop axing of trees

​An online petition to stop axing of 1713 trees in New Delhi has been launched by Green activists. The trees are to be felled for the construction of an exhibition-cum-convention center at Pragati Maidan. However, the petitioners argue that the trees to be cut are more than 60 years old and the move will be detrimental for the environment.

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Trump Jr, Manafort reach deal to avoid public hearing

Trump Jr, Manafort reach deal to avoid public hearing

Donald Trump Jr and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have reached a deal with the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid appearing at a public hearing next week, according to Reuters news agency.

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Italy hits back over migration security

Italy hits back over migration security

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has warned that Rome will not accept either "lessons" or "threats" from neighbors on border security amid tension over Europe's migrant crisis.

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Turkish president visits Gulf nations to mediate Qatar crisis

Turkish president visits Gulf nations to mediate Qatar crisis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will start a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on Sunday, in the latest effort to resolve the Qatar crisis.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court a target of unrest amid international calls to end turmoil

Venezuela’s Supreme Court a target of unrest amid international calls to end turmoil

Venezuela's opposition-led congress appointed on Friday alternative judges to the country's Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members have been a bedrock of support for President Nicolas Maduro.

Op-ed

News Analysis: U.S.-Cuba ties improve, obstacles remain, says expert

News Analysis: U.S.-Cuba ties improve, obstacles remain, says expert

​​Nearly a year since Cuba and the United States formally restored diplomatic ties, the two former adversaries have inched closer to establishing a normal relationship.