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Nobel Prize Winner: Apathy Biggest Bar to Ending Child Slavery

The podcast “Serial” is an addictive radio documentary that revolves around a real-life whodunit: the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for the crime.

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December 11, 2014

News of OPEC’s Demise Has Been Much Exaggerated: Kemp

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) last week made no change to its production target despite a 40 percent slide in oil prices

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December 4, 2014

U.S. Believes Iran Launched Air Raids on Islamic State in Iraq

The United States has indications that Iran has carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in recent days in what appeared to be the first such operations by Iran’s air force, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

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December 4, 2014

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Stranded in Turkish Minefield: Rights Group

A human rights watchdog urged Turkey on Wednesday to remove from its border with Syria landmines which have killed three people and wounded nine among more than 2,000 Syrian refugees camped in a minefield…

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December 4, 2014

Facing Islamic State in Syria, U.S.-Trained Rebels Await More Help

Syrian rebel commander Abdulaziz says U.S. military training helped his men kill at least 15 Islamic State fighters in a recent battle near Aleppo. Three months earlier, a similar engagement had gone the other way, with two of his men killed.

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December 4, 2014

U.S. Expects Some Familiar Faces Among Syria Rebel Recruits

The United States is creating a vigorous vetting process to weed out undesirables among the Syrian rebels it will train to fight Islamic State, but some of the new recruits will be familiar faces requiring far more limited screening.

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December 4, 2014

U.S. Military Monitoring Islamic State Training in Libya: General

The U.S. military is closely monitoring a nascent effort by Islamic State, the militant group that has overrun parts of Syria and Iraq, to train a couple of hundred fighters in eastern Libya, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa said on Wednesday.

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December 4, 2014

Saudi Set for Tighter 2015 Budget After Oil Price Falls

DUBAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices could mean the first budget cuts for major exporter Saudi Arabia since 2002 but they are not expected to be large enough to stop growth in the Arab world’s biggest economy.

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December 4, 2014

Looking for Hereos Where None Exist

It’s a bleak landscape across the Muslim world. In the face of gathering storm and darkening shadows, it is business as usual with relentless plots, counterplots against each other

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December 4, 2014

Egypt Closes Schools in Sinai Towns as Area Inches Toward Open War

Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants…

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December 4, 2014

Recognition of Palestinian State: French Parliament Votes for Recognition

French lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognize Palestine, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France’s diplomatic stance but demonstrates growing European impatience with a stalled peace process…

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December 4, 2014

Pope Francis Prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

By Philip Pullella and Daren Butler Pope Francis is shown the Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014.  REUTERS-Osservatore Romano (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a […]

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December 4, 2014

Turkey to Host Training for 2,000 Syrian Rebels: Official

Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents…

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November 26, 2014

Turkey in Preliminary Talks with Westinghouse on Third Nuclear Plant

Turkey has entered exclusive preliminary talks with U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Company, part of Japan’s Toshiba group, on building the country’s third nuclear power plant, Westinghouse said.

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November 26, 2014

Saudi Arabia Leans on Gulf States to Close Ranks as Region Boils

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain agreed at a meeting on Sunday to return their ambassadors to Qatar, signaling an end to an eight-month dispute over Doha’s backing of Islamist militants in Syria and elsewhere and its promotion of Arab Spring revolts.

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November 26, 2014

Islamist Group Rejects Terrorism Designation

terrorist designation applied by UAE to scholars’ group

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November 26, 2014

Arab Spring and Democracy, Course of Future Prospects in the Middle East

The Arab Spring

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November 26, 2014

For Many Young British Muslims Tug of Peace is Stronger Than Pull of War

For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain….

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November 26, 2014

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Seven Months After Failing to Meet Deadline

Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal.

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November 26, 2014

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