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UN envoy sees 'historic opportunity' for Cyprus reunification in 2017

NICOSIA: A senior United Nations official says ethnically-split Cyprus has a “historic opportunity” to reunite in 2017 and a meeting in Geneva in early January will be crucial for a peace deal that has eluded the island for decades. Eighteen months of intensive talks between the estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities will culminate at… Read More »

Battle for Aleppo escalates, UN sees 'bleak moment'

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels fought fiercely with pro-government forces as they tried to advance into opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo on Friday and warplanes kept up their bombardment of the area in a renewed bid by Damascus to retake the entire city. The U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Friday the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced… Read More »

German major sees lengthy battle for Islamic State Iraq stronghold

ERBIL, Iraq: Islamic State militants are expected to fight bitterly to hold onto their de-facto Iraqi capital, and the battle to retake Mosul will likely be a bloody one, a German major helping train local forces said on Thursday. Major Rene Braun leads a group of 40 German soldiers who are training Kurdish peshmerga forces… Read More »

German minister sees aid for families as key 2017 election issue

BERLIN: Germany’s Social Democrats say they will make aid for families a central issue in next year’s election if Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives block their proposals for higher children’s allowances and subsidies for working parents. Family minister Manuela Schwesig, a Social Democrat, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper she was continuing to push for 1… Read More »