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Africa / Middle East

United States to increase military presence in IraqWashington, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The United States will increase its presence in Iraq with three new military bases despite that country's requests to withdraw its troops, the Mint Press News website reports today.

Tehran, Feb. 21 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 58 million people will vote on Friday in parliamentary and midterm elections of the Assembly of Experts in Iran, an exercise officially described as a response to the enemies of the Islamic revolution.

Pompeo visits US military base in Saudi ArabiaRiyadh, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited a US military base in Saudi Arabia, following a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Austria has a message on the nuclear deal for IranTehran, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg will arrive in Iran on Saturday to convey a message from the European Union (EU), it was reported here.

Beirut, Feb. 20 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon's President of the Parliament Nabih Berri praised on Thursday Cuba's unconditional position in defense of the Arab cause and that of Palestine during a meeting with Cuban Ambassador Alexander Pellicer.

Damascus, Feb. 20 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Army rejected an offensive launched by Turkish military forces and radical groups in the northern province of Idlib, 335 km north of the capital Damascus. Syrian soldiers countered the first wave of the attack, in which Turkish special forces and hundreds of armed jihadist groups attempted to move towards the town of Nairab, Syrian television reported.

Rome, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in Rome on Thursday about the acute famine alarm in South Sudan, reaching about 6.5 million people.

Turkey keeps 37 military outposts in Idlib, SyriaDamascus, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The number of outposts established by the Turkish military in Idlib has reached the number of 37, as per local media.

New Delhi, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia on Thursday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), during the Parties' Conference (COP13) in India.

Tehran, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The secretary of the Supreme Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamjani, said on Thursday that the advisors from his country who are in Syria are authorized by Damascus.

Angolan president to attend Rwanda-Uganda dialogueLuanda, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Angolan President João Lourenço will travel on Thursday to Rwanda to attend peace talks in the African Great Lakes region, focused on searching understandings between Rwanda and Uganda, it was reported.