Greek Parliament Approves Austere Budget for 2016

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Greek parliament approved a 2016 budget featuring sharp cuts in spending and some tax increases to satisfy the country’s international lenders at a time of growing austerity fatigue. The leftist-led government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is under pressure to deliver tangible benefits to its poorest

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FBI Searches Home of San Bernardino Shooter’s Former Neighbor

By Rory Carroll and Yasmeen Abutaleb RIVERSIDE, Calif., Dec 5 (Reuters) – Federal agents in Riverside conducted a search early on Saturday at what neighbors say was the house of a childhood friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people in a mass shooting in California on Wednesday. The searched house

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Daesh Broadcast Claims Its Followers Carried out California attacks

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Rory Carroll BEIRUT, Dec 5  – Daesh said in an online radio broadcast on Saturday that two followers of the militant group had carried out Wednesday’s attack on a social services agency party in California where 14 people were killed. The group’s declaration, in an online radio broadcast comes three days

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Russian Man Beheaded by Daesh For Rejecting Recruitment Attempt

BRATSKOYE, Russia, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The Russian man beheaded as a spy by Daesh was a moderate Muslim who had rejected attempts by militants to recruit him to fight in the Middle East, his adoptive family told Reuters on Friday. A video posted online by Daesh this week showed a man in an orange

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Turkish Soldiers Deployed to Iraq to Train Iraqi Troops Near Mosul

By Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Several hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to provide training for Iraqi troops in an area near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is under Islamic State control, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday. Islamic State militants overran Mosul, a city

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Suspected Militant Blows Himself Up During Raid in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A suspected Islamist militant and two members of his family were killed in northern Lebanon on Saturday, after the man blew himself up during an army raid on his home, security and medical sources said. It was the latest in a series of arrest raids across the country since two

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Bomb Attacks Target Hindu Gathering in North Bangladesh

DHAKA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – At least six people were injured, with three in a critical condition, after a series of bomb blasts on Saturday at a Hindu religious gathering in northern Bangladesh, a police official said. The attack follows the shooting and wounding of an Italian doctor working in the same region last month,

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Molotov Explosive Kills At Least 12 at Cairo Restaurant

CAIRO, Dec 4  – A Molotov cocktail hurled at a Cairo restaurant killed 12 people and wounded six on Friday, Egyptian security officials said. One of the officials said the attacker was an employee who had been fired from the restaurant in the Agouza area in the centre of the Egyptian capital. Security officials earlier

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Iraqi Kurdistan’s Cash Crisis Hits Banks—And the Region’s Promise

By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Dec 4 – Iraqi Kurdistan’s cash-strapped government has seized billions of dollars in deposits at two branches of Iraq’s central bank since 2014, bankers said, calling into question the region’s image as a business-friendly paradise in the Middle East. Since Baghdad cut budget payments to Kurdistan in January 2014, the Kurdistan

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