Iraqi Troops Close in on Daesh Redoubt in Ramadi

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, Dec 26 – Iraqi troops have pushed deeper into the heart of the last remaining district held by Daesh in the city of Ramadi, despite being slowed by bombs and booby traps, army spokesmen said on Saturday. Recapturing Ramadi, which fell to the militants in May, would be one of the most

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Evacuation of Syrian Daesh Fighters Delayed

BEIRUT, Dec 26 – A U.N.-sponsored deal to evacuate more than 2,000 Daesh fighters and other militants from rebel-held parts of south Damascus has been delayed, a monitor of the war said on Saturday, after a rebel commander was killed. Coaches has been due to give the fighters safe passage to Raqqa, the de facto capital

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Beijing on Security Alert for Christmas

BEIJING, Dec 24 – At least four Western countries took the unusual step on Thursday of issuing Christmas security warnings for Westerners in a popular Beijing diplomatic and entertainment district as police stepped up patrols. Beijing is generally safe and criminals rarely target foreigners, although the fashionable Sanlitun bar and restaurant area occasionally sees fights.

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Hyatt Hotels Attacked with Payment-Card Stealing Malware

By Jim Finkle and Radhika Rukmangadhan Dec 23 – Hyatt Hotels Corp said on Wednesday that its payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware in an attack discovered three weeks ago, the latest in a series of breaches at hospitality firms. Company spokeswoman Stephanie Sheppard said in an email late on Wednesday that the

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Syria Ready to Participate in Geneva Peace Talks

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Dec 24- Syria is ready to take part in peace talks in Geneva and hopes that the dialogue will help it form a national unity government, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday during a visit to Beijing. The U.N. Security Council last Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an

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Iran Calls New U.S. Visa Law a Breach of the Nuclear Deal

DUBAI, Dec 23  – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday a new U.S. law putting visa restrictions on Iranians and those who had visited Iran would, if implemented, breach a nuclear deal Tehran had struck with world powers earlier this year. The new measure passed by the U.S. Congress will prevent visa-free

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Four Militants Detonate Suicide Bombs on Lake Chad Island

N’DJAMENA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Four militants detonated suicide bombs after being found out by a group of locals on a Lake Chad island, killing three of the attackers but no one else, official and security sources said on Wednesday. The maze of islands and waterways on the shrinking shores of Lake Chad are a

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Saudi Gov’t to Focus on Raising Efficiency of Public Spending

RIYADH, Dec 23 – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Wednesday the government’s economic vision would focus on increasing the efficiency of government spending as well as raising returns on investments, according to the Twitter account of the Saudi Shura Council. King Salman officially inaugurated a new session for the consultative body earlier on Wednesday.

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