Daesh on the Defensive, Territory Shrinking in Syria and Iraq: U.S. Official

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 16 – Daesh has not gained significant ground since it took the Iraqi city of Ramadi a year ago, which it then lost in December, as the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria has been helped by better intelligence and better equipped local forces, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Daesh “is shrinking

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Israeli Arab Named As Suspect in Tel Aviv Bar Shooting

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Jan 3 – Police in Israel were hunting on Saturday for an Israeli Arab identified as the suspect in Friday’s deadly shooting attack on a Tel Aviv bar, a case they described as “complex and unique”. Nashat Melhem, 29, from the village of Arara in northern Israel was still at large

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Saudi Economic Shake-up Shows It is Planning for Cheap Oil

By Rania El Gamal DUBAI, Dec 29 – Saudi Arabia’s planned cuts in spending and energy subsidies signal that the world’s largest crude exporter is bracing for a prolonged period of low oil prices. The OPEC heavyweight shows no signs of wavering in the long-term oil strategy it has orchestrated since last year. Instead, it

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U.N. Report Shows Worsening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov 12: Women are twice as likely to die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth in the United States than in Canada, a new global survey of maternal mortality published by the United Nations and the World Bank showed on Thursday. The United States was also one of only 13

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Sierra Leone Celebrates End of Ebola Epidemic

FREETOWN (Reuters) Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations overnight to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people including more than 200 health workers since it began last year. Following 42 days with no new cases, the West African nation’s epidemic will be declared officially

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Voting Underway in Myanmar’s First Free Election

By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Nov 8) Voting began on Sunday in Myanmar’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship. The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to win the largest share of

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Syrian Rebels Seize Town, Cause Blow to Assad Regime

By Naline Malla and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday and fought fierce battles with pro-government militias around it, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The town of Morek is located north of

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Arundhati Roy Joins List of Writers, Scholars To Return Indian Award

BY Staff Reporter Booker Prize author and activist Arundhati Roy joins a list of Indian scholars, intellectuals and filmmakers who have returned their awards, or resigned from their organizations, to protest “the growing intolerance” in the country. The prize winning author of “God of Small Things” Roy said she would be returning her National Award

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Bosnian Court Sentences Imam For Recruiting Daesh fighters

SARAJEVO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A Bosnian imam was jailed for seven years on Wednesday for recruiting fighters for Daesh in Syria and Iraq, under a new law aimed at stopping people joining militants in the Middle East. Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested last year

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Over 40,000 Displaced in Yemen Cyclone says U.N.

ADEN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Aid flights rushed food and tents to the Yemeni island of Socotra, local officials said on Wednesday, after it was hit by a rare cyclone the United Nations said has displaced 40,000 people there and on the mainland. Cyclone Chapala killed three people when it made landfall on Monday on

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