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Putin-Assad embrace launches Russia’s new peace bid for Syria

A Putin-Assad embrace launches Russia’s new peace bid for Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a major new push Tuesday to end the war in Syria after an unannounced visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Russia that seemed to affirm his future role in any eventual settlement (the Washington Post).


Trump cedes Syrian postwar planning to Putin. Experts and U.S. officials say the real fight now is about a regional power struggle playing out in the country (Politico).


How Saudi Arabia has overreached on Iran, Lebanon. The lack of support from fellow Arab leaders for tougher action against Iran and Hezbollah shows that few Saudi allies are willing to confront Iran directly (Reuters).


Most women in UK who have Islamic wedding miss out on legal rights. Poll for Channel 4 documentary finds 61% have not had separate civil ceremony to make marriage legal under British law (the Guardian).

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