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Gunmen Shoot Dead Senior Employee of Iraq’s North Oil Company

KIRKUK, Iraq, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead a senior employee of Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company (NOC) on Monday, the third company official to be killed in the past four months, police and sources within the company said. Deputy inspector-general Hassan Salim and three other employees were driving to their office in the

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French Teacher Attacked By Man Claiming Daesh Link

PARIS, Dec 14 – A hooded man claiming to be acting for Daesh attacked a nursery school teacher with a knife as he prepared for classes in a school north of Paris, a French judiciary official said on Monday. The male teacher was taken to hospital after the attack by a man wielding a knife

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From Icon to Politician: The Changing Face of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun and Antoni Slodkowski NAYPYITAW, Dec 14 – When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi spoke warmly on a recent radio show about a critical meeting that followed her landslide election victory, she was referring to talks with the very man who had detained her for 15 years. Listeners might have been surprised

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Russia’s Chief of Army Says Moscow Backs Opposition Offensive in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia’s air force is conducting dozens of air strikes in Syria daily to support the Free Syrian Army fighting alongside government troops against Islamic militants, the chief of Russian army’s general staff was quoted as saying on Monday. The number of Free Syrian Army fighters now advancing in the provinces

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Egypt Says No Evidence of Terrorism in Russian Plane Crash

CAIRO, Dec 14 – Egypt said on Monday it had found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai that killed all 224 people on board on Oct. 31. Russia and Western governments have said the Airbus A321 operated by Metrojet was

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Death Toll in Pakistan Blast Rises to 24

By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan Dec 13 (Reuters) – A blast killed 24 people and injured 70 in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, and a banned Sunni Islamist group claimed responsibility for the attack. “This is revenge for the killing of Muslims by the Syrian president and Iran,” said Ali

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Australian Teenager Pleads Guilty to a Terrorism Charge

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A Melbourne teen arrested after police found explosives at his home pleaded guilty on Monday to a terrorism-related charge, highlighting concerns about youth radicalisation following last week’s arrest of a 15-year-old Sydney boy in police raids. The 17-year-old was planning an attack using improvised explosive devices, police

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Global Powers Back Unity Government in Libya

By Lesley Wroughton and Steve Scherer ROME Dec 14 – Global powers on Sunday backed the formation of a national unity government in Libya, pledging economic and security support to help stabilize the chaotic North African country where Daesh militants have a foothold. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, joined

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Chancellor Merkel Wants to “Drastically Reduce” Refugee Arrivals in Germany

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress. Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within her Christian Democratic Union

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Two Senior Gulf Commanders Killed in Yemen

DUBAI, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were killed along with two Saudi soldiers in Yemen as fighting with a Houthi militia flared before Tuesday’s expected peace talks, state media reported on Monday. Sultan Mohammed Ali al-Kitbi, an Emirati officer, was killed near Taiz, state

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