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Israel bombs Gaza 'underground' complex after blast

Jerusalem - Israel's military carried out an air raid overnight against an underground Hamas facility in the Gaza Strip and destroyed a separate tunnel under construction that could be used for attacks, it said Sunday.

Turkish-led forces in control of Syria's Afrin city: AFP

- Turkish forces and their rebel allies were in control of the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northwestern Syria on Sunday, AFP journalists on the ground reported.

Turkey's Erdogan says Afrin city centre under 'total' control

Istanbul - Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have taken "total" control of the centre of Afrin, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Iraqi enthusiasts search for relics of royal past

Baghdad - At the heart of a Baghdad flea market, nostalgia for Iraq's royal past is on full display as collectors and investors gather to buy relics from a bygone era.

Turkish-led forces oust Kurds from Syria's Afrin

- Turkey's flag was flying in Afrin on Sunday after its troops and Ankara-backed rebels chased out Kurdish militia forces to seize control of the Syrian city.

Crushed hopes greet Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia

Sydney - The long journey to find peace for Rohingya refugee Kobir Ahmed can be told through the different birth countries of his eight children -- Myanmar, Malaysia and Australia -- although they remain citizens of no nation.

What next for rebels, civilians in Syria's crumbling Ghouta?

Beirut - As Russia-backed Syrian regime forces chip away at what remains of the last opposition bastion outside Damascus, experts say the future looks bleak for rebels there.

Russian voters share concerns in predictable poll

Moscow - From frustration with corruption and poverty to Moscow's showdown with the West, Russians shared their concerns as they voted in Sunday's presidential election that is set to extend President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin term to 2024.

Puigdemont says should have declared Catalonia independence sooner

Geneva - Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont said in an interview published Sunday that he should have declared independence earlier, as delaying the call in hopes of starting dialogue with Madrid proved futile.

Chemical weapons experts heading to UK in Russia spy case

London - Britain is to target wealth linked to the Kremlin in response to the poisoning of a former spy, foreign minister Boris Johnson said Sunday ahead of a visit by international chemical weapons experts.

Turkey's offensive in Syria: a timeline

Beirut - Turkey's army launched a major operation in northern Syria on January 20 in a bid to oust a US-allied Kurdish militia that Ankara sees as a terror group.

Israel arrests Arab for murder of settler rabbi

Jerusalem - An Arab Israeli suspected of having stabbed to death a rabbi near a settlement in the occupied West Bank last month has been arrested, Israeli authorities said Sunday.

Nigeria skips African summit in blow to free trade deal

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the African Union summit in Rwanda this week, an official statement said Sunday, in a blow to plans to launch a major free trade treaty across 54 countries.

French language eyes 'le comeback' as Britain leaves Europe

Apo - Once upon a time speaking French was easy in Brussels, but things have changed.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and "force an outcome".

Norway govt may fall on minister's no-confidence vote

Oslo - Norway's right-wing government could resign this week if the justice minister loses a no-confidence vote after she triggered outrage among survivors of a 2011 gun massacre, media reported Sunday.

Philippines' Duterte urges other nations to quit ICC

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged other nations to follow his move to quit the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war.

Five key dates for post-Soviet Russia

Moscow - Here are five major dates in Russia since the disintegration of the USSR or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

China widens Xi's corruption crackdown

Bejing - Millions of Chinese public sector workers will be exposed to the harsh policing tactics of the Communist Party as President Xi Jinping brings his corruption crackdown to China's sprawling bureaucracy.
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