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Saudi Announces 34-state Muslim Military Alliance Against Terrorism

By Noah Browning DUBAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism,

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Kerry to Explore Syria Peace Process in Kremlin Talks

By Lesley Wroughton MOSCOW, Dec 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to try and narrow differences with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the role of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in any political transition and which rebel groups should be part of peace talks. Kerry will seek to

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Palestinian Motorist Rams Vehicle into Bus Stop, Injures 11

JERUSALEM, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A Palestinian motorist rammed into a bus stop in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring at least 11 people before he was shot dead, Israeli police said, in the latest in a surge of street attacks. A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S.

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Clashes in Turkey’s Southeast Region Kill 7; Authorities Declare Curfew

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Seven people were killed in clashes with security forces in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, officials said on Monday, as authorities declared curfews across the restive region. The clashes are the latest in months of violence following the collapse of a ceasefire between the government and the

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Free Syrian Army Rebels Deny Russian Support

BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels fighting President Bashar Al Assad in western Syria denied receiving any support from the Russian air force, saying that on the contrary it continued to bomb them and rejecting comments by a top Russian general on Monday. A separate, recently formed alliance of armed groups—including some

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Why Washington Ignored Torture by Iraqi Militias

By Ned Parker ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 14 – It was one of the most shocking events in one of the most brutal periods in Iraq’s history. In late 2005, two years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, U.S. soldiers raided a police building in Baghdad and found 168 prisoners in horrific conditions. Many were

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South Africa’s Rand Gains After Gordhan Named as Finance Minister

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG, Dec 14 – South Africa’s rand leapt on Monday after President Jacob Zuma named Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, seeking to draw a line under days of market turmoil that have triggered calls for him to stand down as leader. Zuma appointed the widely respected Gordhan late on

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In U.S. Mosques, Growing Safety Concerns — And More Armed Guards

By Idrees Ali CORONA, Calif., Dec 14 – From the suburbs of Los Angeles to the outskirts of Washington, D.C., mosques around the United States are warily stepping up security in the face of growing fears about reprisals on American Muslims. The increasing safety concerns described by American Islamic leaders—and the steps they are taking

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Turkey Says its Patience with Russia “Has A Limit”

ROME, Dec 14 – Turkey’s foreign minister said Ankara’s patience with Russia “has a limit” after Moscow’s “exaggerated” reaction to a weekend naval incident between the two countries, an Italian newspaper reported on Monday. A Russian destroyer fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean on Sunday to avoid a collision and summoned

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