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Weekly Headlines - 22 Nov 2018

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Headlines of note compiled by for 16 Nov 2018. Click on a headline to read more.

Reuters >> Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina next week amid tensions between Ankara and Riyadh, the Turkish presidential spokesman said Thursday.

AFP >> Nearly eight years into the Syrian war, Selim still refuses to perform his military service, just like many fellow Druze from Sweida province rejecting the regime's conscription call. The Sweida region south of Damascus is the Syrian heartland of the country's Druze minority which follows a secretive offshoot of Islam.

Reuters >> An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the civil war in 2015, an aid agency said on Wednesday, as the UN special envoy arrived in Yemen to pursue peace talks.

Jordan Times >> Saudi Chief of Staff Gen Fayyad Ruwaili on Wednesday attended a military counterterrorism exercise, which was held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre. The drill focused on tactics used by the King Abdullah Special Operations Group to clear the village from terrorists.

Reuters >> U.S. President Donald Trump hinted on Thursday he may visit Afghanistan, scene of one of America's longest wars but a country he has yet to visit almost two years into his presidency.

Reuters >> Attacks blamed on Islamic State West Africa have killed around 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria since Sunday, five security sources said on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Reuters >> Britain and the European Union agreed a draft text setting out a close post-Brexit relationship, officials said, though wrangling with Spain over control of Gibraltar must still be settled before EU leaders meet on Sunday.

Reuters >> France said on Thursday it had imposed sanctions, including travel bans, on 18 Saudi citizens linked to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned that more could follow depending on results of the current investigation.  

Reuters >> Iraq plans to launch a reconstruction agency to focus on projects such as a deep water port and a rail network, Iraq's president said on Thursday, as the country seeks to put years of turmoil behind it.

NPR >> Igor Korobov, the head of Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU, has died amid mounting accusations that his agency, was behind subversive cyber-attacks on Western countries. Korobov took charge of the GRU in January 2016 after his predecessor, Igor Sergun, died at age 58 under unclear circumstances.

AFP >> Michael Ron David Kadar, a 20-year-old Israeli-American convicted of making more than 2,000 threats against U.S. Jewish institutions, airlines, police stations and even a professional basketball team's plane was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday by an Israeli court.  

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