How to Win Back Jihadis Without Using Reason

By Pauline Mevel and Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) Anthropologist Dounia Bouzar used to try religious arguments to turn young people away from militant Islam – and failed. So the 51-year-old grandmother developed her own techniques along the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous. Her main rule: Don’t try to reason with people. “Characteristically, a young person who

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Is Russia Changing Its Stance on Syria’s Assad?

BY Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia does not see keeping Bashar Al Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad,

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Spotlight on Iraqi PM As Parliament Bars Passing of Reforms

A political crisis between Iraqi parliament and the prime minister is likely to challenge the government BY Suadad Al Salhy Newsweek Middle East Web Exclusive For the first time since 2003, Iraqi parliament has publically challenged the will of the Najaf Shiite Marjiyaa (the top four clergymen in Iraq) by voting on a resolution that bars

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New Star Trek TV Series Underwhelms Fans

BY Jill Serjeant NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) The sci-fi show Star Trek is boldly going into the streaming universe, with a series that will introduce characters and alien civilizations but which left fans on Monday largely underwhelmed. CBS said the series, starting in January 2017, will be shown primarily on the network’s streaming and

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Prominent Iraqi Politician Ahmed Chalabi Dies of Heart Attack

BAGHDAD, Nov 3 (Reuters) Ahmed Chalabi, the smooth-talking Iraqi politician who played a role in persuading the United States to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003, died on Tuesday of a heart attack, state television and two parliamentarians said. Haitham Al Jabouri, secretary of parliament’s financial panel, which Chalabi had chaired, said attendants had found him dead in his

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Should the West Worry About Turkey?

By Peter Marino Nov 2 (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appears to have beaten down his opponents and returned his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to a fourth term of single-party rule over the country. In doing so, he has cemented his own already-firm control over the country, and is a large step

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Iraq’s Parliament Bars Government From Passing Reforms

CAIRO, Nov 2 (Reuters) Iraq’s parliament voted on Monday to bar the government from passing key reforms without its approval in an effort to restrict Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, parliamentarians said. The chamber took the step after Abadi unilaterally passed reforms in August it considered a violation of the constitution such as sacking the vice presidents and deputy

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Tusiad Business Group Calls on Turkey’s Gov’t to Reform

ISTANBUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) Turkey’s largest business group Tusiad said on Monday the ruling AK Party should quickly implement political reforms after it won a strong parliamentary majority in an election on Sunday. The government should also strengthen the European Union accession process, expand freedoms and democracy and end social polarization, Tusiad said in an

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China’s Two-Child Policy Yet To Take Effect

BEIJING, Nov 2 (Reuters) China must continue to enforce its one-child policy until new rules allowing all couples to have two children go into effect, the top family planning body said. The ruling Communist Party said last week that Beijing would loosen its decades-old one-child policy. But the plan for the change must be approved

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Russian Jet Broke Up in Mid Air, Too Early to Draw Conclusions: Official

CAIRO/MOSCOW Nov 2 (Reuters) A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this. Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, operator of the Airbus A321 which

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