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Pentagon chief announces 200 more US troops for Syria

Washington will send another 200 troops to Syria to help an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters seize the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Saturday.

Russia interfered in US election to help Trump win: report

A secret CIA assessment has found that Russia sought to tip last month's US presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, The Washington Post reported Friday, a conclusion that drew an extraordinary rebuke from the president-elect's camp.
Russian Energy Minister Novak attends National Oil and Gas Forum in Moscow

EU mediates Russia, Ukraine gas dispute talks

EU officials are mediating between Ukraine and Russia over gas supplies on Friday, their first talks since the former Soviet republic stopped buying gas from Gazprom last November.
Iraqi soldiers pose with the Islamic State flag along a street in Intisar district

IS kills 49 Syria regime fighters near Palmyra: monitor

Islamic State group jihadists have killed at least 49 members of Syrian government forces in 24 hours of fighting near the desert city of Palmyra, a monitor said on Friday.

Intimidation and human rights violations against MPs soar in 2016

In advance of Human Rights Day 2016 (10 December)‚ the IPU - a global organisation of national parliaments - on Friday released its report titled Human Rights Abuses of MPs—2016.