Feb. 13 world news summary at 1530 GMT

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DAMASCUS — The Syrian army is preparing to advance toward the northern city of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, a monitor group said on Saturday. (Syria-IS-City)
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Islamic State
KABUL — Afghan security forces on Saturday started an operation against Islamic State (IS) militants’ positions in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province, the Defense Ministry said. (Afghanistan-Operation-IS)
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JOHANNESBURG — A second collapse has occurred at a South African mine where three missing miners are still trapped underground after the first mishap, sources confirmed Saturday. (S.Africa-Mine-Second Collapse)
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ISTANBUL — Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Saturday. (Turkey-FM-Syria)
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MUNICH, Germany — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls advocated here on Saturday that a sustainable transition toward peace should be organized in Syria. (Germany-France-PM) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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