Soldiers of pro-government militia are pictured in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Zhen) (zw)
Soldiers of pro-government militia are pictured in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Zhen) (zw)

ASTANA — Representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey Tuesday participated in the second day of peace talks on Syria in Kazakhstan’s capital, and decided to establish a trilateral mechanism to reach a ceasefire.
The three states made a joint statement at the international meeting about their commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. (Kazakhstan-Syria Crisis-Talks)
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FRANKFURT — Two German-Moroccan brothers suspected of being members of the Islamic State (IS) were arrested in the region of Bonn on Tuesday, Germany’s Federal Procuratorate said.
The two men, 24 and 25 years old respectively, were arrested by the police of State North Rhine-Westphalia, based on the arrest warrant issued by investigating judge of the Federal Court on Dec. 22, 2016. (Germany-Terror Suspects)
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BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday marked the opening of a regional center in Kuwait, the NATO said in a statement.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the NATO Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Center, Stoltenberg said the center is NATO’s first such presence in the Gulf region. (NATO-Kuwait)
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MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Tuesday that the United States Central Intelligence Agency was behind the 2015 clash that resulted in the killing of 60, including 44 elite police commandos.
In a speech before the families and widows of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force who were killed in the clash, Duterte slammed former President Benigno Aquino for covering up details of the operation which he claimed was “an operation of the CIA.” (The Philippines-Duterte-CIA)
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KABUL — Afghanistan and neighboring Uzbekistan signed agreements on Tuesday to enhance security cooperation and expand ties in transport and trade sectors, the Afghan national television RTA reported.
Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his visiting Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov signed the agreements during a ceremony held in Afghan Presidential Palace here. (Afghanistan-Uzbekistan-Security Deal) Enditem

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