Three Killed in Bombing claimed by Daesh in Northeast Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 24 – A bomb attack claimed by Daesh killed at least three people in the city of Qamishli in the mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province of northeast Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said. The motorcycle bomb went off in a mostly Christian area and wounded another seven people, said

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Fear, Doubts Obstruct Efforts to Contain Ebola in Sierra Leone

By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN, Jan 21 – Community fear and suspicion in Sierra Leone are obstructing officials’ attempts to stop the spread of Ebola, health reports showed on Wednesday, after the West African nation reported its first cases of the deadly virus in months. The discovery of a case last week, only made posthumously, was

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About 3,500 Slaves Held by Daesh in Iraq – U.N. Report

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jan 19  – An estimated 3,500 people, mainly women and children, are believed to be held as slaves in Iraq by Daesh militants who impose a harsh rule marked by gruesome public executions, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The militant group, which also controls large parts of neighbouring Syria, has committed

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Saudi Arabia Alarmed, in Private, at Iran’s Sanctions Relief

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Jan 18 – Saudi officials have said little in public, but they fear the end of sanctions on Iran could boost what they see as its subversive activities in the Middle East while also enriching a diverse economy that the oil-dependent kingdom views as a major competitor for regional influence. Saudi-Iranian

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Dubai Residents Offer Shelter to Guests Stranded by Hotel Fire

BY Arfa Shahid DUBAI – Jan. 1 – Following a massive fire that engulfed a luxury hotel in Dubai’s downtown area, support poured in from different parts of the emirate on social media. Within two hours of the incident, social media users got the hashtag #NeedAnAddress trending on Twitter, offering shelter as well as words of encouragement

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Fire Erupts at Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai

BY Leila Hatoum UPDATE 3: Dubai Media Office announced alternative accommodation for guests who had been forced to evacuate the hotel. UPDATE 2: Officials say report of one dead following heart-attack in Address Hotel fire are inaccurate. Person is reportedly alive and being treated at a hospital. UPDATE: Media reported one death following a heart-attack after

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A Fierce Cut Above The Rest

A hair dresser in America is challenging stereotypes, one strand at a time. BY Arfa Shahid “Brick walls are not there to keep us out. [They] are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something,” reads the caption under Natasha Somalia’s photograph on Facebook, followed by the hashtags #girlboss #womeninbusiness

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Gun Retailers Report Surging Sales After California Shooting

By Rich McKay and Daina Beth Solomon ATLANTA/SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Dec 6 (Reuters) – At a gun range in Atlanta on Sunday, four days after the deadliest Islamic State-inspired attack on American soil, Brandon Langley practiced firing his AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle. “If people were armed, it would have changed the outcome totally,” Langley said

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Pakistan Aims to Raise $379 million in New Taxes to Meet IMF Targets

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – Pakistan must raise an extra $379 million through new tax measures, the finance minister said on Monday, as the government seeks to qualify for its latest IMF loan tranche. Earlier this month, the IMF approved the release in December of a $502 million tranche of Pakistan’s three-year

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