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Syria: Rebel Leaders May Meet With Russian Officials

Representatives from 28 brigades of the rebel Free Syrian Army have agreed to meet with Russian Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry officials at the end of next week in Abu Dhabi, a rebel representative coordinating the event said Nov. 5, Sputnik reported. Read more…

Ukraine: ‘Normandy Quartet’ To Meet Nov. 6

The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France — the so-called Normandy Quarter — will meet Nov. 6 in Berlin to discuss the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Nov. 4, Sputnik reported. Read more…

Egypt: Islamic State May Be Responsible For Plane Crash, U.K. Says

There is a significant possibility that the Islamic State set off a bomb on the Russian airliner that crashed Oct. 31 in Sinai, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said Nov. 5, Reuters and the BBC reported. Read more…

Bahrain: Iran-Linked Militant Network Smashed, Interior Ministry Says

Bahrain’s security services busted up a major militant network with links to Iran, resulting in the arrests of 47 suspects, the Bahraini Interior Ministry said Nov. 4, Gulf Digital News reported, citing BNA. Read more…

Turkey: Clashes Follow Elections

A second day of fighting between Turkish government forces and Kurdish militants has led to 18 militant deaths, Reuters reported Nov. 4. Read more…

Libya: NATO Prepared To Help Govern, Not Fight

Responding to comments made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over NATO's future in Libya, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would help the Libyan government but ruled out any major military operations in the country, ANSAmed reported Nov. 4. Read more…

Egypt: Despite Skepticism, Islamic State Insists It Brought Down Russian Plane

The Islamic State insisted it brought down Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula but provided no new details about the crash, AFP reported Nov. 4. Read more…

Egypt: Car Bomb Targets Police

A car bomb detonated near a police club in El Arish, killing six people and wounding 10 others, security sources said, Reuters reported Nov. 4. Read more…

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