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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Egypt Stands to Lose $280m per Month From Flight Suspensions

CAIRO, Nov 11 Egypt stands to lose 2.2 billion Egyptian pounds ($280 million) a month from Britain and Russia’s decision to suspend flights after the Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula, Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said on Wednesday. Britain stopped flights to Sharm Al Sheikh four days after the passenger plane crashed shortly after

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What’s In a Label: EU Agrees Identifying of Israel ‘Settlement’ Goods

The EU executive approved on Wednesday new guidelines for labelling products from Israeli settlements on occupied land, a move Brussels says is technical but which an Israeli diplomat said might affect peace talks with the Palestinians. Drawn up over three years by the European Commission, the guidelines mean Israeli producers must explicitly label farm goods

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Kenyan Forces Drive Out Alleged Al Shabaab Group From Forest

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 11 Kenyan security forces have destroyed five camps used by suspected militants linked to the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab in a sweep of a forest on the north coast, a commander in charge of the operation said. The army and police launched the operation two months ago in

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Modi Visits Britain; Seeks to Bounce Back from Election Blow

NEW DELHI (Nov. 11) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a mass rally on a visit to Britain this week that supporters hope will help him spring back from a humiliating election loss and reassert his authority on the global stage. India and Britain could announce deals worth 8-12 billion pounds ($12-$18 billion) during

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