What [Not] To Expect in New Round of Syria Peace Talks

By John Irish and Karin Strohecker VIENNA, Nov 13. Two weeks after they jointly called for a political solution to Syria’s civil war, foreign ministers and senior officials from Russia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East struggled on Friday to turn that idea into a more concrete plan. As those officials returned to

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Iran’s Rouhani Cancels Italy, France Visits Over Paris Attacks

DUBAI, Nov 14 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday canceled a visit to Italy and France following deadly attacks in Paris, while the foreign minister decided to attend Vienna talks on Syria to address threats of extremism. Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday,

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Fallout From Syria Looms Large Ahead of G20 Meet

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Nov 14) Syria’s war, migration and the fight against terrorism will force their way onto the agenda when world leaders meet in Turkey, a country straddling Europe and the Middle East and struggling with the fallout from all three. Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies (G20), including the United States, China, Japan,

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Amid Chaos, Parisians Offer Refuge to Strangers Via Twitter

By Tariro Mzezewa Nov 13: People in Paris took to social media to find and offer refuge on Friday night, as the city was gripped by chaos following a string of attacks that left dozens dead. The Twitter hashtag #porteouverte, which means “open door” in English, was being used to offer shelter as authorities urged

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U.S. Museum Says Daesh Committed Genocide Against Iraq’s Yazidis

  UNITED NATIONS, Nov 12: Daesh militants committed genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis in the north of the country and carried out crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes against other minorities, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said on Thursday. The crimes were committed against Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean-Mandaean, and Kaka’i people in Nineveh

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Lebanon Parliament Convenes for First Time in a Year

BEIRUT, Nov 12: Lebanon’s parliament convened on Thursday for its first legislative session in more than a year as lawmakers prepared to vote on mostly financial issues vital to keeping the paralyzed state afloat. The two-day session, which began shortly after 9:00 GMT, will focus on passing laws crucial to development loans, debt issuance and

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Israeli Troops Raid West Bank Hospital, Kill Palestinian

HEBRON, West Bank, Nov 12: Israeli undercover forces raided a hospital in the West Bank on Thursday and shot dead a Palestinian during an operation to detain another man suspected of carrying out a stabbing, the Palestinian health ministry and doctors said. The Israeli army confirmed the raid and said they had detained Abdallah Azzam

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With Ramadi Encircled, Iraqi Forces Brace For Urban Warfare

By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Iraqi forces appear better positioned than ever to launch an offensive against Islamic State militants controlling Ramadi, now that months-long efforts to cut off supply lines to the city are having an effect, but plenty of risks remain. The fall of Ramadi, the capital

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Kurdish Forces Begin Battle to Retake Iraq’s Sinjar

By Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Iraq, Nov 12: Kurdish forces launched an offensive on Thursday to retake the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Daesh militants who overran it more than a year ago, killing and enslaving thousands of its Yazidi residents and triggering U.S.-led air strikes. Operation Free Sinjar aims to cordon off

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Turkish Police Claims 11 Detained in Raids Targeting Daesh

ISTANBUL, Nov 12 Turkish police detained 11 suspects in helicopter-backed raids targeting Daesh militants across Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday, just days ahead of a G20 summit being held in the country. The raids were part of a series of operations against suspected militants in Turkey, where security is being tightened ahead of

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