Netanyahu says Time for U.S. Jews to ‘Stick Together’ over Iran Deal

By Jeffrey Heller and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 11: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Jews on Tuesday to unite behind Israel after rifts caused by the Iran nuclear talks and later pressed for bipartisan support for the country at a liberal think tank. A day after a fence-mending White House meeting with U.S. President Barack

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Reaches Out to Military with Landslide in Sight

YANGON (Nov. 11) Myanmar‘s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, moving closer to an absolute majority in parliament on Wednesday, requested a meeting with the president and the powerful military chief to discuss national reconciliation. Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has won over 90 percent of the seats declared so far in the

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Afghan Hazara Step Up Protest after Beheadings

KABUL (NOV. 11) Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority demonstrated on Wednesday against government inaction over the killing of seven members of their community by Islamist militants who dumped their partially beheaded bodies. The mainly Shia Hazara have long faced persecution in Afghanistan, with thousands massacred by the Taliban and al Qaeda in

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It’s the Economy, Stupid: Fox Focuses on Business Issues in Republican Debate

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Nov 11: The answers were longer in Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network, the fireworks fewer, and the topics–the Fed, big banks, tax policy–far wonkier. But the upstart U.S. cable channel accomplished what it set out to do by keeping the debate focused on business issues and differentiating itself from the more combative

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Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Dies at 96

BERLIN (Nov. 10) Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt died on Tuesday aged 96 and leaders from Europe and the United States praised him as an architect of international cooperation and post-war European integration. Schmidt was then-West Germany’s second centre-left government leader from 1974 to 1982, taking office at the height of the Cold War

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Tensions Rise in Turkey as Five Killed in Kurdish Militant Attacks

ANKARA (Nov 11)  A street cleaner in southeastern Turkey was killed on Wednesday by flying shrapnel and a police officer was wounded after his armoured vehicle drove over an explosive device thought to have been laid by Kurdish militants, security sources said. The blast in the town of Dargecit in Mardin province came after three

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European Court Rules Against “Anti Jews” French Comic

PARIS, Nov 10: The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected claims by a French comedian that his right to speak freely was denied when he was convicted and fined in France for insulting Jews. The court said Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a provocative performer who has been repeatedly accused of hate speech and anti-Semitism,

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Egypt Releases Journalist Hossam Bahgat

CAIRO, Nov 10: Prominent Egyptian journalist and human rights advocate Hossam Bahgat was released on Tuesday, his lawyer said, two days after being detained over a report he wrote on a trial of former army officers. Bahgat’s legal status however remained unclear and it was not known if he would face a military trial, his

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U.S., Allies Conduct 31 Strikes in Syria, Iraq Against Daesh

WASHINGTON, Nov 10: A U.S.-led coalition conducted 15 strikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday, hitting the militant group with bomber, fighter, attack and drone aircraft, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. Forces concentrated on Daesh’s oil supply near Dayr Az Zawr, where six strikes hit gas and oil separation plants and pump

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Turkey Detains 18 Al Qaeda Suspects Ahead of G20 Summit

ANKARA, Nov 10: Turkish police detained 18 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, media said, days before world leaders were due to meet at a G20 summit in southern Turkey. The suspects included two women and a number of people who had crossed into Turkey after being wounded

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