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Syria's Assad discusses Idlib truce with Russian minister

Syria's president hosted Russia's defense minister on Monday to discuss a recent cease-fire in rebel-held northwestern Syria, which ended rare direct fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops.

US shames Afghan leaders’ obstinance as pandemic looms

Washington's unprecedented threat to cut $1 billion in Afghanistan funding – a response to the refusal of rivals in Kabul to work together to advance peace – comes at a time when the impoverished nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Army in Stuttgart to restart limited coronavirus testing for people with no symptoms

Coronavirus testing at the Army garrison here briefly expanded to include symptom-free people who live in on-base apartment buildings or work in customer service, as the military tried a new strategy to stem the spread of the virus, officials said.

US, UAE troops hold major exercise amid virus, Iran tensions

U.S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city, a drill conducted amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic.

UN welcomes positive responses to fighting pause in Libya

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed positive responses from Libya’s warring parties to calls for a humanitarian pause in fighting to allow authorities to respond to the public health challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

N. Korea says Trump's letter offers anti-virus cooperation

President Donald Trump sent a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seeking to maintain good relations and offering cooperation in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Kim’s sister said Sunday.