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ICRC calls for access to Syrian Kurds in Afrin
GENEVA, March 19 (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Monday for greater access to the civilian population of Afrin, declaring that the Turkish Red Crescent lacked credibility among the Syrian Kurds after Turkey's military operation.
INSIGHT-Collateral damage: How Trump threw Canada's refugee system into turmoil
TORONTO, March 19 (Reuters) - Buffered by three oceans and the United States to the south, Canada has for decades had the luxury of being able to pick and choose its newcomers. So few asylum seekers crossed the U.S. border illegally over the years that Canada didn’t consistently track the numbers.
Israel accuses French consulate employee of smuggling guns to Palestinians
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had arrested a French citizen, an employee of France's consulate in Jerusalem, on suspicion of using a diplomatic car to smuggle guns from the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
More than 6,000 people left Syria's eastern Ghouta on Monday - Interfax
MOSCOW, March 19 (Reuters) - More than 6,000 people have left Syria's eastern Ghouta since Monday morning, Interfax news agency said, citing Russia's Defence Ministry. (Reporting by Mria Kiselyova, writing by Denis Pinchuk Editing by Catherine Evans)
EXCLUSIVE-Qatar asks U.S. to investigate UAE bank for 'financial warfare'
LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) - Qatar has asked U.S. regulators to investigate the U.S. subsidiary of the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of "bogus" foreign exchange deals designed to harm its economy as part of a blockade by Gulf neighbors.
Bomb blast in Syria's Afrin kills seven civilians, four Syrian rebels: Anadolu
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A bomb blast in a four-floor building in the town of Afrin in northwest Syria killed seven civilians and four Free Syrian Army members overnight, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
UPDATE 1-Bomb blast in Syria's Afrin kills 7 civilians, four Syrian rebels -Anadolu
ISTANBUL, March 19 (Reuters) - A bomb blast in a four-story building in the town of Afrin in northwest Syria killed seven civilians and four Free Syrian Army members overnight, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
Frenchman suspected of gun-running had financial motive - Israeli official
JERUSALEM, March 19 (Reuters) - A French employee of France's consulate-general in Jerusalem held by Israel on suspicion of running guns for Palestinians had a financial motive, an Israeli security official said on Monday.
French embassy says cooperating with Israel over smuggling investigation
JERUSALEM, March 19 (Reuters) - The French embassy in Israel said on Monday it was cooperating with Israel on its arrest of a French consular staffer accused of using a diplomatic vehicle to smuggle guns between Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
More than 3,500 people left Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Monday: TASS
MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 3,500 people left Syria's Eastern Ghouta region on Monday, the TASS news agency said citing Russia's Defence Ministry.
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