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Kerry Urges Flexibility in War Powers Against ‘Islamic State’

Any congressional authorization of U.S. military force against Islamic State should be flexible and not limit the fight to Iraq and Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

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December 11, 2014

Chechens Loyal to Russia Fight Alongside East Ukraine Rebels

Chechen “Death” unit fighting Ukrainian forces has 300 people…

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December 11, 2014

Britain and Turkey Vow Closer Cooperation on Foreign Fighters

By Jonny Hogg and Tulay Karadeniz People walk past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Shaar district December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo ANKARA (Reuters) – Britain and Turkey will share more information on foreign fighters among the ranks of Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq to try to prevent them posing a threat when they return […]

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December 11, 2014

Malala, Satyarthi Receive Their Nobel Prizes for Child Campaigns

Malala, Satyarthi Receive Their Nobel Prizes for Child Campaigns

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December 11, 2014

Leave or Let Live? Arabs Move in to Jewish Settlements

Little noticed amid the furor over one of Israel’s most contentious policies, a small but growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements on occupied land …

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December 11, 2014

Saudi Set for Tighter 2015 Budget After Oil Price Falls

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 11, 2014

No More Geopolitical Risks Please: Kemp

“Warning lights are flashing over the global economy” …

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December 11, 2014

British Muslims Receive 12+ Years for Syria Travel

Mohammed Ahmed and Yusuf Sarwar, both 22, were arrested at Heathrow Airport in January 2014 as part of a government crackdown on “radicalized jihadists.”

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December 11, 2014

Erdogan’s Ottoman Language Drive Faces Backlash in Turkey

President Tayyip Erdogan stirred fierce criticism on Tuesday with plans to make lessons in Ottoman Turkish mandatory in high schools…

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December 11, 2014

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

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

Book Q&A: Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’

In her new book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014), Ayesha Jalal examines Pakistan’s history from its creation in 1947 to the present…

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December 4, 2014

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