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Syria: Turkey Condemns Potential U.S. Negotiations With Al Assad

Turkey condemned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's statement that negotiations would have to be opened with Syrian President Bashar al Assad to end the conflict, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Naharnet reported. Read more…

Syria: Russia Invites U.N. Envoy To April Talks

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov invited U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to talks in April between President Bashar al Assad's government and some members of the opposition, Interfax reported March 16. Read more…

Ukraine: Troops Set On Full Combat Alert

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk issued directives to the Ministry of Defense and General Staff on March 16 to set the military on full combat alert, citing the situation in eastern Ukraine, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

Romania: Finance Minister Resigns

Romanian Finance Minister Darius Valcov resigned March 15 amid a corruption investigation, the EU Observer reported March 16. Read more…

Brazil: Former Petrobras Director Arrested

Brazil's federal police arrested the former services director of Brazilian energy giant Petrobras, globo.com reported March 16. Read more…

Turkmenistan: Police Detain Roughly 80 People In Mass Arrests

Police apprehended about 80 people in mass arrests in the south of Turkmenistan, sources said, Lenta reported March 16. Read more…

Syria: Damascus Will Wait For U.S. 'Actions' Before Negotiation, President Says

Damascus will wait for U.S. "actions" before deciding to negotiate with the United States, Syrian President Bashar al Assad said March 16, AFP reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish Municipalities To Rebuild Kobani

Turkish municipalities will rebuild the Syrian town of Kobani, the Turkish Municipalities Union headed by Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas said in a statement, Daily Sabah reported March 16. Read more…

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