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   Turkish troops in northern Syria
   

Attack in Syria kills 33 Turkish soldiers

   

   Turkey hits Syrian government targets in response as the crisis in Idlib province intensifies.
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     * Idlib endgame risks spilling over
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Saudi Arabia bars pilgrims as coronavirus spreads

   

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UAE Tour cancelled over coronavirus

   

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Iran 'has no plans to quarantine virus-hit cities'

   

   The president says it will only quarantine individuals despite Covid-19's spread nationally.
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   People inspecting bomb damage - shelled-out cars and rubble - in the town Maarat Misrin in Idlib province
   

Fresh Syria strikes 'target schools and hospitals'

   

   Human rights groups say at least 20 civilians were killed in Idlib, including nine children.
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