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Khodor Awarki, a political writer and a businessman, who has been working in different economic fields since 1993 in many countries including Lebanon, France, Canada, and Kuwait, published a statement this morning. In his statement, Awarki announced his new project, which he and his Canadian partners are trying to accomplish in collaboration with the Syrian government, under the sponsorship of the United Nations (UN).&

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Lions killed in South Africa after escaping Kruger reserve 2017-07-14

Lions killed in South Africa after escaping Kruger reserve
Three lions which had escaped from a world famous game reserve in South Africa have been killed. A farmer living near Kruger National Park (KNP) shot dead one of the males when he found all three eating one of his cows, a parks spokeswoman said.
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Liu Xiaobo: China"s most prominent dissident dies 2017-07-14

Liu Xiaobo: China"s most prominent dissident dies
Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was Chinas most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for
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Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack 2017-07-14

Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack
A Chechen gunman and four accomplices have been given long jail sentences for the killing of leading Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin. Zaur Dadayev was jailed for 20 years by a Moscow military court while the others were gi
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Nice attack: Paris Match ordered not to republish photos 2017-07-14

Nice attack: Paris Match ordered not to republish photos
Paris Match does not need to pull an edition showing CCTV mages of the 14 July attack in Nice from Frances newsstands but is forbidden from re-publishing it, a court has ruled. The ruling, made late on Thursday, came after the Paris prosecutor cal
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Theresa May "shed a tear" at election exit poll 2017-07-14

Theresa May "shed a tear" at election exit poll
Theresa May has revealed she shed a "little tear" when she learned the result of the election exit poll suggesting she would lose her majority. The prime minister said her husband Philip told her the news - and it came as a "complet
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Brexit: The UK"s key repeal bill facing challenges 2017-07-14

Brexit: The UK"s key repeal bill facing challenges
The Scottish and Welsh governments have threatened to block the key Brexit bill which will convert all existing EU laws into UK law. The repeal bill, published earlier, is also facing opposition from Labour and other parties in the Commons. Min
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Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary 2017-04-26

Seoul: North Korea holds drill to mark military anniversary
South Korea’s military said Tuesday that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. The exercise took place as a U.S. guided-miss
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Entire Senate to get rare briefing at White House on North Korea crisis 2017-04-26

Entire Senate to get rare briefing at White House on North Korea crisis
President Trump’s top security aides will host an unusual White House briefing on North Korea for the entire U.S. Senate on Wednesday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and pressure on Washington to organize an effective response to P
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Beijing’s strengthening military industry "Launching first Chinese-made aircraft carrier" 2017-04-26

Beijing’s strengthening military industry "Launching first Chinese-made aircraft carrier"
China launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own on Wednesday, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade ro
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Ivanka Trump defends father, brushes aside groans in Berlin 2017-04-26

Ivanka Trump defends father, brushes aside groans in Berlin
Ivanka Trump brushed aside groans and hisses Tuesday over her father’s track record and defended his attitudes toward women as she made her first international outing as a White House adviser. Trump pledged to push for “incremental, po
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Chaffetz, Cummings say no evidence Flynn "complied with the law" 2017-04-26

Chaffetz, Cummings say no evidence Flynn "complied with the law"
Payments for a trip to Russia that included dining with President Vladimir Putin were not fully disclosed when Michael Flynn applied for a security clearance earlier this year, the heads of a bipartisan congressional investigation said Tuesday after
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Turkey launches airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurds in Iraq, Syria 2017-04-26

Turkey launches airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurds in Iraq, Syria
In the latest complication on an increasingly messy battlefield, Turkish warplanes launched multiple airstrikes on Tuesday against U.S.-backed Kurdish paramilitary forces that have been key to the fight against Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syri
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Pew study: Religious persecution spread to more countries in 2015 2017-04-17

Pew study: Religious persecution spread to more countries in 2015
Global religious persecution spiked from 2014 to 2015, the Pew Research Center noted in a new report released this week. “Government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion increased in 2015 for the first time in t
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U.K. police investigating acid attack at London club Mangle; 12 hurt 2017-04-17

U.K. police investigating acid attack at London club Mangle; 12 hurt
British police are investigating an acid attack at a London club that led to a mass evacuation. Police said Monday 12 people were treated in hospitals for burns. None of the injuries was said to be life-threatening. Two men in their 20s were in se
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Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks 2017-04-17

Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks
An extraordinary scenario is taking place right out in the open, and we all seem to be missing it. The subject is the utterly incompetent protection our “intelligence community” (as they like to be called) is providing for the nation&rsqu
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US officials warn tensions with North Korea are "coming to a head" 2017-04-17

 US officials warn tensions with North Korea are "coming to a head"
Donald Trump and senior officials said on Sunday the US would consider any lever – diplomatic, economic or military – to forestall North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, a day after the vice-president arrived in the area and the isolated
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"Sixty-eight children among dead" of suicide bombing attack in Syria 2017-04-17

"Sixty-eight children among dead" of suicide bombing attack in Syria
Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitoring group has said. Saturday’s blast hit a convoy carrying residents from the n
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Erdoğan clinches victory in Turkish constitutional referendum 2017-04-17

 Erdoğan clinches victory in Turkish constitutional referendum
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has achieved victory in a historic referendum on a package of constitutional amendments that will grant him sweeping new powers. Sadi Güven, the head of Turkey’s high electoral board (YSK), c
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Carly Fiorina: "My hope" is that Trump understands Russia’s role in the Syria conflict 2017-04-11

Carly Fiorina: "My hope" is that Trump understands Russia’s role in the Syria conflict
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said in a radio interview Tuesday that she hoped President Trump has a better understanding of Russia’s role in the escalating Syrian conflict. “There’s no question Russia is a bad actor i
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Rakhmat Akilov, Uzbek man, admits ramming truck into Stockholm crowd, his lawyer says 2017-04-11

Rakhmat Akilov, Uzbek man, admits ramming truck into Stockholm crowd, his lawyer says
A 39-year-old old Uzbek man confessed Tuesday to ramming a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15, his lawyer said. The Stockholm District Court ruled that police could detain Rakhmat Akilov for a month after h
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Pentagon wary of quagmire in Syria after "one-off" strike 2017-04-11

Pentagon wary of quagmire in Syria after "one-off" strike
U.S. commanders and Pentagon strategists tried Monday to shift their focus back to the fight against the Islamic State group after a White House-ordered attack against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, insisting the one-time strike to pu
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North Korea calls U.S. aircraft carrier dispatch outrageous 2017-04-11

North Korea calls U.S. aircraft carrier dispatch outrageous
North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the U.S. decision to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The statement from Pyongyang comes as tension
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Donald Trump pressures China over North Korea 2017-04-11

Donald Trump pressures China over North Korea
President Trump on Tuesday said he recently tried to bargain with President Xi Jinping of China over the North Korea situation — but also provided assurance that the United States will “solve” the problem if China decides not to hel
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Putin says U.S., international community looking to frame Syria’s Assad on chemical weapon use 2017-04-11

Putin says U.S., international community looking to frame Syria’s Assad on chemical weapon use
Moscow has reportedly gained intelligence claiming outside entities, possibly the U.S., plan to launch chemical attacks inside Syria in order to frame President Bashar Assad’s regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. During a televised
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French radicals get respect in Marine Le Pen’s presidential race 2017-04-03

French radicals get respect in Marine Le Pen’s presidential race
There’s no doubt that an extreme-right French group known for violence and large doses of anti-Semitism doesn’t like journalists or the establishment. “You lie … you spend your time at society soirees … you are the
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Blast on Russian subway kills 10; 2nd bomb is defused 2017-04-03

Blast on Russian subway kills 10; 2nd bomb is defused
MOSCOW — At least 10 people were killed on Monday when a powerful explosion tore through a subway car in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second biggest city, officials said. Dozens of people, including children, were also injured by the blast
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With ISIS in crosshairs, al Qaeda makes comeback 2017-04-03

With ISIS in crosshairs, al Qaeda makes comeback
Al Qaeda is making a comeback in the Middle East and North Africa by expanding its armies and infiltrating new territories, complicating President Trump’s priority of destroying the world’s other major Salafist Sunni group, the Islamic St
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2 remain in custody in Britain attack, police say 2017-03-27

2 remain in custody in Britain attack, police say
LONDON (AP) — British police say that two people remain in custody following last week’s attack in London as messaging services face criticism for encrypted networks that allow attackers to communicate in secret. Attacker Khalid Masood
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Japan avalanche kills seven students and teacher 2017-03-27

 Japan avalanche kills seven students and teacher
Seven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan. A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were taking part in a three-day mountaineering
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Israeli prime minister talks of a snap election amid concerns over a new public broadcaster 2017-03-27

 Israeli prime minister talks of a snap election amid concerns over a new public broadcaster
A dispute over the reform of public broadcasting has plunged Israel’s coalition government into a crisis, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to threaten to dissolve parliament and hold a snap election to block a plan to begin independe
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Airstrikes in Mosul kill civilians: Are US rules of engagement getting slacker? 2017-03-27

 Airstrikes in Mosul kill civilians: Are US rules of engagement getting slacker?
Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say a series of airstrikes carried out there in recent weeks by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State could have killed as many as 200 civilians, in what would be the highest civilian death toll in a US-l
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in court after arrest 2017-03-27

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in court after arrest
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has appeared in a Moscow court a day after some of the biggest anti-government protests in years swept the country. Navalny had faced up to 15 days in jail on a charge of organising the protests, which led
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Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation 2017-03-27

 Tensions flare as Greece tells Turkey it is ready to answer any provocation
Fears of tensions mounting in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean Seas reignited after the Turkish president raised the prospect of a referendum on accession talks with the EU and the Greek defence minister said the country was ready for any provoca
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American once held in Egyptian prison sees opportunity for Trump in el-Sissi meeting 2017-04-03

American once held in Egyptian prison sees opportunity for Trump in el-Sissi meeting
Mohamed Soltan, an American who was imprisoned for nearly two years in Egypt, says he is optimistic that President Trump will do a better job than former President Barack Obama in securing the release of the other U.S. citizens detained by the milita
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"Apartheid": How one word reignited UN tensions over Israel 2017-03-21

"Apartheid": How one word reignited UN tensions over Israel
A report by a United Nations body accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians has ignited a fracas at the UN, prompting the withdrawal of the report – and the subsequent resignation of the senior official respo
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Trump says U.S. prepared to deal with North Korea on its own 2017-04-03

Trump says U.S. prepared to deal with North Korea on its own
 President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea’s nuclear program. Trump’s comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days be
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Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time 2017-03-21

 Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time
A few years ago, my husband and I ran into a mutual acquaintance at a restaurant. This young man – a person who would surely identify as progressive – spent the entirety our interaction completely ignoring me. He spoke only to my husband;
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Trump responds to St. Petersburg bombing 2017-04-03

Trump responds to St. Petersburg bombing
President Trump made brief remarks Monday about the subway bombing in St. Petersburg, Russia, saying that the deadly attack was “absolutely a terrible thing.” The bomb blast on a subway train in Russia’s second-largest city kille
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Fox drops analyst who said UK might have helped spy on Trump 2017-03-21

 Fox drops analyst who said UK might have helped spy on Trump
Fox News has dropped a legal analyst who claimed British intelligence might have helped spy on Donald Trump during his bid to become US president. Andrew Napolitano had been pulled from the channel, a source at Fox said. The network made no immedi
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French interior minister quits over holiday jobs for his daughters 2017-03-21

 French interior minister quits over holiday jobs for his daughters
The French interior minister has been forced to resign in a row over employing his teenage daughters as parliamentary assistants during the school holidays, in another blow to the country’s beleaguered political elite with one month to go until
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UK bans laptops and tablets on flights from six Middle East countries 2017-03-21

 UK bans laptops and tablets on flights from six Middle East countries
The UK government has announced a sweeping cabin ban on laptops and tablets on inbound flights from six countries, following a similar move by the US on Monday. The UK ban on any electronic item larger than a normal smartphone applies to all direc
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Police to examine "Global Laundromat" money laundering allegations 2017-03-21

 Police to examine "Global Laundromat" money laundering allegations
Fraud investigators have launched a review of the activities of Britain’s high street banks following revelations in the Guardian about a $20bn money laundering scam that MPs described as a national disgrace and scandal. Forced to answer urg
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Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30 and injuring many 2017-03-15

Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30 and injuring many
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives’ vest inside the main judicial building in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding many others, state media said. The official news agenc
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Trump meets with Saudi prince seeking stronger alliance on terrorism 2017-03-15

Trump meets with Saudi prince seeking stronger alliance on terrorism
Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pushed for deeper U.S. cooperation in the war on terrorism during a lunch at the White House on Tuesday, the first such meeting President Trump has hosted with an Arab Muslim leader since assuming
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In the Netherlands "elections" a fight for the Dutch soul 2017-03-15

In the Netherlands "elections" a fight for the Dutch soul
For those with the dimmest knowledge of the Netherlands, a parody of Donald Trump’s “America first” mantra that went viral became something of a learning moment, at least about how the Dutch view the US president. “We built
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For students at an American university in Iraq, travel ban debate is keenly felt 2017-03-15

 For students at an American university in Iraq, travel ban debate is keenly felt
The joke did the rounds among Iraqi university students the day after President Trump ordered a travel ban in January on seven mainly Muslim nations – including Iraq. “Hey, are you aware that we are banned from going to America? Congra
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Bring a regime to justice? In Seoul, rights groups play long game on N. Korea. 2017-03-15

 Bring a regime to justice? In Seoul, rights groups play long game on N. Korea.
As the Malaysian police seek further evidence to back their suspicions that the North Korean government was behind last month’s assassination of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur, international investigators are gathering testimony to put top North
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Marines sent to Syria. Can US withstand pull of expanded military conflict? 2017-03-15

 Marines sent to Syria. Can US withstand pull of expanded military conflict?
The 400 Marines dispatched to northern Syria last week to back up US-trained rebel forces battling the so-called Islamic State were plunked down into a war of acute risk and geopolitical complexity that is entering its seventh year. Little fanfare
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How far will Erdogan go in fanning Turkey"s diplomatic crisis with Europe 2017-03-15

 How far will Erdogan go in fanning Turkey"s diplomatic crisis with Europe
Diplomatic crisis has often helped boost Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğans popularity. And he appears to be hoping that the latest standoff with Europe, particularly the Dutch, will resonate as well with his domestic audience. Prickly Turkey
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Tunisian diplomat seeks outreach with Trump administration 2017-03-14

Tunisian diplomat seeks outreach with Trump administration
Tunisia’s top diplomat says the Trump administration should “reach out more” to the tiny North African nation for collaboration against the evolving threat posed by the Islamic State — and to bolster the fragile island of demo
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: "Germany is aiding and abetting terrorism" 2017-03-04

 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: "Germany is aiding and abetting terrorism"
Relations between Turkey and Germany have lurched further into crisis after the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accused Berlin of “aiding and abetting” terror in an increasingly acrimonious row over the arrest and incarceration o
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Twelve people treated for possible chemical weapons exposure in Iraq 2017-03-04

Twelve people treated for possible chemical weapons exposure in Iraq
Twelve people are being treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul, the United Nations has said, raising fears of the first chemical attack in the besieged city. The World Health Organization (WHO), along with partners and l
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Putin critic accuses Russia of second failed assassination attempt 2017-03-04

Putin critic accuses Russia of second failed assassination attempt
A Russian opposition figure who recently emerged from a coma after experiencing sudden organ failure for the second time in two years believes President Vladimir Putin’s regime responsible for both near-death experience. Vladimir Kara-Murza,
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Woman fed horny husband cockroach poison to kill his erections 2017-03-04

Woman fed horny husband cockroach poison to kill his erections
A woman who went on the run after admitting in court to giving her husband just enough cockroach poison to kill his erections could be hiding out in Mexico - according to authorities. They believe the callous wife, who was fed up with all the sex
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Jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to Islamic extremism 2017-03-04

Jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to Islamic extremism
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to Islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. It was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent
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Trump steps up airstrikes against Al Qaeda in Yemen; more ground raids could follow 2017-03-04

 Trump steps up airstrikes against Al Qaeda in Yemen; more ground raids could follow
more than two years after a multi-sided civil war erupted inside Yemen that allowed Al Qaedas local franchise to amass power and seize territory, President Trump has directed the Pentagon to embark on a complicated counter-terrorism campaign. Trum
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ISIS raid in Afghanistan kills 17 soldiers 2017-02-18

 ISIS raid in Afghanistan kills 17 soldiers
ISIS launched an attack on Afghan security posts killing 17 soldiers, an Afghan official said Friday. Ahmad Ali Hazrat, chief of the provincial council in the province, said the attack Thursday night took place in the Dih Bala district in eastern
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Spain"s Princess Cristina not guilty in tax fraud case 2017-02-18

 Spain"s Princess Cristina not guilty in tax fraud case
Spains Princess Cristina was found not guilty in a tax fraud case Friday, while her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, will be required to pay
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In D.C., a "Day Without Immigrants" is a day without sandwiches, child care and fitness classes 2017-02-18

 In D.C., a "Day Without Immigrants" is a day without sandwiches, child care and fitness classes
The lunch-hour rush in Washington on Thursday was prime time to witness some strange choreography. If you were at the right spots around noon, it went something like this: A would-be diner approaches a locked restaurant entrance, tugs a few times
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Pakistan security forces go on offensive in raids a day after shrine bombing 2017-02-18

 Pakistan security forces go on offensive in raids a day after shrine bombing
Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids overnight and into Friday, a day after a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group killed 75 worshippers at a famed Sufi shrine in the countrys south. The attack &m
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Among "last defenders" of liberal world order, Merkel does the heavy lifting 2017-02-18

Among "last defenders" of liberal world order, Merkel does the heavy lifting
It seems an ice age since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Germanys Angela Merkel were anointed the last defenders of the liberal international order. But it was actually only weeks ago, in December. And their anointer, then-U.S. vice-president J
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Explosion kills 3-year-old in southeastern Turkish town 2017-02-18

 Explosion kills 3-year-old in southeastern Turkish town
A car bomb attack targeting government lodgings in southeastern Turkey has killed a three-year-old child and wounded 15 people, an official says. The bomb exploded near the homes of judges and prosecutors in the mainly Kurdish town of Viransehir,
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North Korea to reject results of Malaysian autopsy for Kim Jong-un"s half brother 2017-02-18

 North Korea to reject results of Malaysian autopsy for Kim Jong-un"s half brother
North Korea said Friday it will reject the results of an autopsy on leader Kim Jong-uns estranged half brother, the victim of an apparent assassination this week at an airport in Malaysia. Pyongyangs ambassador said Malaysian officials may be &quo
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Russian Foreign Ministry: There Was No Pro-Russian Candidate in Past US Election 2017-01-21

Russian Foreign Ministry: There Was No Pro-Russian Candidate in Past US Election
 Zakharova stressed that one of the candidates could look pro-Russian only against the background of the other, who expressed rampant russophobic views.   "There was no pro-Russian candidate, it’s obvious, to my mind… Bu
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Russian Engineer Troops to Participate in Joint Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 Drills 2017-01-21

Russian Engineer Troops to Participate in Joint Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 Drills
 The Zapad 2017 exercises will be held as a part of general preparatory system drills.   "In 2017 the participation of Engineer Troops is planned in general preparatory system drills, the main of which are the joint strategic drills
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Seven Arrested in France for Attempted Murder of Police Officers 2017-01-21

Seven Arrested in France for Attempted Murder of Police Officers
 Seven young people, aged 16 to 20, suspected of having been involved in the October 2016 clashes with police in Viry-Chatillon were indicted for attempted murder, Evry prosecutor Eric Lallement has announced.   MOSCOW (Sputnik) – I
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Over 300,000 Explosives Cleared by Russian Specialists in 2016 2017-01-21

Over 300,000 Explosives Cleared by Russian Specialists in 2016
 Over 7,000 Russian servicemen were involved in mine-clearing operations on 48 sites in 2016, Stavitsky said.   "In 2016, the tasks of searching for and eliminating explosive devices were carried out on 48 sites. In total, about 93,0
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Yahya Jammeh Agrees to Cede Power in Gambia in State Address 2017-01-21

Yahya Jammeh Agrees to Cede Power in Gambia in State Address
 Earlier, Gambian President Adama Barrow wrote on Twitter that Jammeh had agreed to step down.   "Today I decided conscientiously to leave the leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude," Jammeh said on Saturday, as
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UK PM May Likely to Meet With Trump in Washington Next Week 2017-01-21

UK PM May Likely to Meet With Trump in Washington Next Week
 May will likely fly out to Washington DC next Thursday and her visit will last "a couple of days," the newspaper said on Friday citing anonymous sources. "They are really, really keen to capture the Reagan-Thatcher idea: A new p
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Russian, Turkish Jets Conduct First Joint Operation in Syria"s Aleppo 2017-01-21

Russian, Turkish Jets Conduct First Joint Operation in Syria"s Aleppo
 The Russian General Staff said that Russian and Turkish military aircraft have conducted their first joint operation in Syria.   The Turkish Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out their joint operation against Daesh
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Paris attacks planners "killed in Syria" 2016-12-13

Paris attacks planners "killed in Syria"
 Two men involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks have been killed in Syria in a US air strike, officials say. The men, named in a Pentagon statement as Salah Gourmat and Sammy Djedou, were members of so-called Islamic State. A third member
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Cameroon urged to investigate deaths amid anglophone protests 2016-12-13

Cameroon urged to investigate deaths amid anglophone protests
 International organisations are calling for an investigation in Cameroon after four people were killed during unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions.   Tensions have been brewing for the past month in Cameroon’s two
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Uganda"s Rwenzururu King Charles Mumbere charged with terrorism 2016-12-13

Uganda"s Rwenzururu King Charles Mumbere charged with terrorism
 The king of a region in Uganda has been charged with terrorism at a hearing in the east of the country before a courtroom packed with royal supporters. Charles Mumbere was arrested last month after a government raid on his palace in which more
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New Zealand Massey University head "sorry" for female graduate remarks 2016-12-13

New Zealand Massey University head "sorry" for female graduate remarks
 The chancellor of a New Zealand university appears to have apologised for saying a woman vet was "equivalent to two-fifths" of a man because she would take time out to have a family. He also said men joining the course tended to &quo
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Iran says it will develop nuclear-powered ships after US extends sanctions 2016-12-13

Iran says it will develop nuclear-powered ships after US extends sanctions
 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered his officials to develop nuclear-powered ships, accusing the United States of violating last years international nuclear deal. World powers had agreed to lift sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran
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Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot 2016-12-13

Aleppo battle: UN says 82 civilians shot on the spot
 Syrian pro-government forces have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and killing those inside, including women and children, the UN says. The UNs human rights office said it had reliable evidence that in four areas 82 civilians were killed.
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First Israeli ambassador in five years arrives in Turkey 2016-12-03

First Israeli ambassador in five years arrives in Turkey
 Israels new ambassador to Turkey -- the first since 2010 -- arrived in Ankara Thursday, marking the full restoration of ties between the two countries after six years of animosity. Eitan Naeh, who served as a secretary at the embassy
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ISIS" toxic legacy: Iraqis battle the blazing oil wells suffocating residents 2016-12-03

ISIS" toxic legacy: Iraqis battle the blazing oil wells suffocating residents
 Menacing black smoke hangs over the town of al-Qayyara. The air here is poison. Children with blackened hands and soot-stained faces play beneath the toxic plumes. The early afternoon sun is so eclipsed by the haze that day seems like endless
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The maverick designer who dresses China"s first lady 2016-12-03

The maverick designer who dresses China"s first lady
 Chinese couturier Ma Ke is a media-shy fashion-world maverick. Shes built two of Chinas most influential designer brands and dresses the countrys first lady, Peng Liyuan -- but doesnt consider herself a designer. Preferring a reclusive life i
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Chapecoense plane crash: Team"s home town gathers for memorial service 2016-12-03

Chapecoense plane crash: Team"s home town gathers for memorial service
 The bodies of 71 people killed in a plane crash in Colombia that devastated a Brazilian football team are being returned home, as the teams home town prepares for a memorial service. More than 100,000 people are expected to turn out for a cere
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Woman convicted of posing as Germanwings crash relative 2016-10-26

 Woman convicted of posing as Germanwings crash relative
A woman has been given a year’s suspended jail sentence for posing as the cousin of a victim in last year’s Germanwings plane crash and obtaining compensation offered by the airline. The woman pretended to be a relative of a teache
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China receptionist job sees 10,000 applicants 2016-10-26

China receptionist job sees 10,000 applicants
Serving tea and receiving guests may not be everyones dream job, but it was a good enough prospect to make nearly 10,000 people apply for one receptionist job. Chinas highly competitive civil service recruitment process recently saw a record-setti
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Which country is the most generous in the world? 2016-10-26

Which country is the most generous in the world?
A war-torn state and a country ruled by an oppressive military junta for decades are home to the worlds most generous people, research suggests. People in Iraq are the kindest to strangers, while Myanmars residents give the most away, according
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Calais "Jungle": Fires rage across migrant camp 2016-10-26

Calais "Jungle": Fires rage across migrant camp
Fires are raging across parts of the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, three days into a French operation to demolish it. It was unclear who set the dozens of fires overnight and in the morning. The clearance began on Monday and about
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The Russians who fear a war with the West 2016-10-26

The Russians who fear a war with the West
In a bit of woodland on the outskirts of Moscow, several dozen students are running around in combat fatigues, shooting one another with soft air-gun pellets. The weekend paintballing trip has been organised by an opposition party. It all looks ha
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Spain urged not to allow refuelling of Russian warships 2016-10-26

Spain urged not to allow refuelling of Russian warships
 Spain is coming under pressure from Nato allies not to allow the refuelling of Russian warships bound for Syria. The Spanish government is now reviewing the permit for refuelling at its enclave of Ceuta in north Africa. The UK said it wou
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Pretoria Girls High racism protest backed by SA minister 2016-08-29

Pretoria Girls High racism protest backed by SA minister
 A South African minister has thrown his support behind protesting female students, who accuse their high school of operating a racist hair policy. Pupils at the private Pretoria Girls High say they have been repeatedly warned to straighten the
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Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence 2016-08-29

Syria war: US warns over Turkish-Kurdish violence
 The US says fighting between Turkey, pro-Turkish rebels and Kurdish-aligned forces in northern Syria is "unacceptable" and must stop. Clashes in places where so-called Islamic State (IS) was not present were a "source of deep co
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Brazil"s Dilma Rousseff faces senators, says accusations meritless 2016-08-29

Brazil"s Dilma Rousseff faces senators, says accusations meritless
  After four days of intense fighting in Brazils capital over the impeachment charges facing Dilma Rousseff, the suspended president got her turn on the stage Monday, defending herself and declaring the trial a political power gra
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Fire at Brussels criminology institute rattles nation 2016-08-29

Fire at Brussels criminology institute rattles nation
 A fire Monday at Belgiums national criminology institute in Brussels was probably an arson attack aimed at destroying unidentified files, authorities said. Prosecutors spokeswoman Ine Van Wymersch said a car broke through institutes fence at a
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Colombian border town becomes an economic lifeline for Venezuelans 2016-08-29

Colombian border town becomes an economic lifeline for Venezuelans
 Ever since Venezuela temporarily reopened six border crossings withColombia in July, more than 1,000 Venezuelans a day have been streaming into this northern border city as an economic lifeline.   As their countrys ec
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Construction "on the cheap" may have cost lives in Italy earthquake 2016-08-29

Construction "on the cheap" may have cost lives in Italy earthquake
 Contractors who reinforced buildings "on the cheap" may have run up the death toll in central Italys devastating earthquake and could face criminal charges, a local prosecutor said Sunday.   Also Sunday, Pope Francis
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Countrywide protests flood Brazil pushing for President Rousseff"s impeachment 2015-04-13

Countrywide protests flood Brazil pushing for President Rousseff"s impeachment
Tens of thousands Brazilian demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday to protest the social and economic policies of President Dilma Rousseff. The marchers claim the country’s leader supports corruption and demand that she resigns or is im
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Only one-quarter of Gaza $3.5bn reconstruction aid delivered – report 2015-04-13

Only one-quarter of Gaza $3.5bn reconstruction aid delivered – report
Less than 27 percent of the $3.5 billion aid pledged by international donors to help rebuild Gaza in the wake of unprecedented destruction caused by last summers Israeli Operation Protective Edge has been disbursed, a new report says. The Assoc
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Putin lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran 2015-04-13

Putin lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran
The Russian president has repealed the ban prohibiting the delivery of S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran, according to the Kremlins press service. The ban was introduced by former President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. “[The president
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Appalling ISIS video shows ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud being razed to ground 2015-04-13

Appalling ISIS video shows ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud being razed to ground
A video allegedly showing Islamic State militants using bulldozers and explosives to destroy the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud has been posted online. The UNESCO cultural site near Mosul is one of Iraqi’s greatest archaeological treasures.
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​Netanyahu"s biggest fear? That Iran "honors nuclear deal" 2015-04-13

​Netanyahu"s biggest fear? That Iran "honors nuclear deal"
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief concern is that Tehran will in fact fulfill the agreement on its nuclear program that it negotiated with six world powers, a report citing a high-profile security meeting has said. Netanya
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Protesters block gates of Faslane base in UK in call to scrap Trident nuclear sub program 2015-04-13

Protesters block gates of Faslane base in UK in call to scrap Trident nuclear sub program
At least 200 antinuclear activists have blocked the gates to Faslane naval base in Scotland, a home of British nuclear submarines armed with Trident intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to social media posts. Protesters demand scrappi
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Sweden confirms mystery "Russian sub"…was in fact a workboat 2015-04-13

Sweden confirms mystery "Russian sub"…was in fact a workboat
The unknown foreign vessel the Swedish Navy searched for near Stockholm last autumn was actually a “workboat,” a senior navy official says. Local media had alleged a hunt was on to try and find a Russian submarine, which was believed
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​"Terrier-ist" puppy banned from going near Cameron for "security reasons" 2015-04-13

​"Terrier-ist" puppy banned from going near Cameron for "security reasons"
An eight-month-old puppy was banned from going anywhere near David Cameron “for security” reasons on Sunday after the prime minister gave a speech in Cheltenham. Cameron was visiting Cheltenham to lay out the Conservative Party&rsq
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​Godless Britain? UK 6th from last in global belief poll 2015-04-13

​Godless Britain? UK 6th from last in global belief poll
Britain is one of the least religious countries in the world, coming sixth from bottom in a global study of belief carried out across 65 countries. Win/Gallup International polling suggested that over 50 percent of Britons did not believe in
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Labour councilor"s son accused of trying to join ISIS "flown back to UK" 2015-04-13

Labour councilor"s son accused of trying to join ISIS "flown back to UK"
A Labour councilors son who was detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to enter Syria to join the terror group ISIS is being flown back to the UK, an MP claimed. Waheed Ahmed, a 21-year-old man from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and eight o
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France stuck in deflation in February: official 2015-03-12

France stuck in deflation in February: official
 The French economy, the second largest in the eurozone, remained stuck in deflation in February, according to official figures published Thursday, as the European Central Bank launched an anti-deflation programme, AFP reports. Consum
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Netanyahu plays security card as rivals open poll lead 2015-03-12

Netanyahu plays security card as rivals open poll lead
 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conceded Thursday that the centre-left opposition could win next weeks general election and appealed to voters not to take the chance with national security, AFP reports. "Our security i
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West boosts Ukraine aid as Russia bridles at sanctions 2015-03-12

West boosts Ukraine aid as Russia bridles at sanctions
 The IMF handed Ukraine a $17.5 billion lifeline Wednesday as the United States agreed to send military aid to bolster its forces against pro-Russian rebels -- but stopped short of promising weapons, AFP reports. The United States als
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AirAsia "not giving up" but hunt for bodies drawing to close 2015-03-12

AirAsia "not giving up" but hunt for bodies drawing to close
  AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said Thursday he was not giving up on finding more bodies from one of the airlines jets that crashed in the Java Sea last year, but flagged the hunt will draw to a close within weeks, AFP reports. More th
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Two years and counting: Pope"s opponents play waiting game 2015-03-12

Two years and counting: Pope"s opponents play waiting game
 Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive, AFP reports. The first leader of the worlds Roman Catholi
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A German king, a Greek crown - historic roots of troubled ties 2015-03-12

A German king, a Greek crown - historic roots of troubled ties
 Greece has railed against what it sees as German dominance since the 2010 start of the eurozone financial crisis, but antagonism between the two countries can be traced back to the 19th century, AFP reports. Historians point to the m
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Kazakh ex-diplomat Rakhat Aliyev"s lawyers convinced his death was no suicide 2015-03-03

Kazakh ex-diplomat Rakhat Aliyev"s lawyers convinced his death was no suicide
 The lawyers of former Kazakh diplomat and Malta exile Rakhat Aliyev are insisting that his death in an Austrian prison was no suicide, and are calling for an independent investigation into the matter. Dr Aliyev, a former Kazakh ambassador to A
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Austrian sources: Details of the murder scandal of Kazakh opposition Rakhat Aliev 2015-03-01

Austrian sources: Details of the murder scandal of  Kazakh opposition Rakhat Aliev
 Informed Austrian sources on the ongoing investigations on  the assassination of the well-known  Kazakh opposition "Rakhat Aliyev" , who was former son in law  of  President Nazarbayev  revealed the assassinat
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Austria asks Swiss to do new autopsy on dead Kazakh dissident: paper 2015-03-01

Austria asks Swiss to do new autopsy on dead Kazakh dissident: paper
 Austria has asked Switzerland to carry out an autopsy on Rakhat Aliyev, a Kazakh dissident found hanged in an Austrian prison last week, to dispel any suggestions of a cover up after a first post mortem found traces of sedatives.   The a
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Russia talks up chances of Iran nuclear deal 2015-02-24

Russia talks up chances of Iran nuclear deal
 Russia voiced confidence on Tuesday that world powers and Iran would be able to reach a comprehensive accord over Tehrans disputed nuclear programme by a June 30 final deadline, AFP reports. Moscows chief nuclear negotiator said afte
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3 Killed in Illegal Chinese Gold Mine 2015-02-24

3 Killed in Illegal Chinese Gold Mine
 Farmers trying to extract gold from an abandoned mine in central Chinawere overcome by chemical fumes, leaving three dead and six hospitalized, state media reported Tuesday. Rescuers were dispatched to the mine in Songxian County in the c
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Activists: IS Militants Kidnap Dozens of Christians in Syria 2015-02-24

Activists: IS Militants Kidnap Dozens of Christians in Syria
    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeasternSyria, activists and relatives said Tuesday. The Sunni extremists, who follow a radic
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Winter Precipitation Could Hamper Commute Across South 2015-02-24

Winter Precipitation Could Hamper Commute Across South
 A wide swath of the country is expecting more winter precipitation that forecasters warn could lead to dangerous road conditions during the Tuesday morning commute. A mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain is expected in parts of the south
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Reports: Hundreds of Spy Files Leaked 2015-02-24

Reports: Hundreds of Spy Files Leaked
 Two major international publications said today they will be publishing a portion of “hundreds” of leaked spy documents covering nearly the last decade, centering on South Africa’s spy agency and involving the CIA and Britain&
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Mall Threat "Not Likely" to Inspire Attacks Soon, Feds Say, But Malls Prepare for Worst 2015-02-24

Mall Threat "Not Likely" to Inspire Attacks Soon, Feds Say, But Malls Prepare for Worst
 With groups like ISIS flooding the Internet with its propaganda, a weekend call for attacks on U.S. shopping centers by a lesser-known terrorist group in Somalia is "not likely" to inspire violence anytime soon, ac
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