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Sunni States Back Saudi Arabia in Growing Row With Iran

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East. Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of

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India Air Base Attack Threatens Pakistan Talks

By Mukesh Gupta and Rupam Jain Nair PATHANKOT, India/NEW DELHI, Jan 4 – A rapprochement effort between India and Pakistan appeared to be in jeopardy on Monday, as Indian security forces battled for the third day to clear out militants who attacked one of its air bases and killed seven soldiers. The foreign secretaries of

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AXIM Bags Pot Discount for Gum to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

By Natalie Grover Jan 4 – AXIM Biotechnologies Inc, a small, Manhattan-based company with ties to the Netherlands, says it has a trump card in its quest to develop a cannabis-based chewing gum to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The company says it will be able to price its gum cheaper than a major

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Daesh Clashes with Guards Near Libya’s Es Sider Oil Port

BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 4 – Daesh fighters clashed with a force guarding Libya’s Es Sider oil export terminal on Monday, witnesses reported, and the militants said they had taken a nearby town. The ultra-hardline group, which has taken advantage of years of chaos to grab territory in the Opec member, said in an online statement it

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Bahrain Severs Ties with Iran

DUBAI – Jan 4- Bahrain severed its diplomatic ties with Iran on Monday, citing Iran’s “continued audacious and dangerous meddling in not only Bahrain’s internal affairs, but also in the internal affairs of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states,” making it the second country after Saudi Arabia to cut ties with Tehran. It further gave all Iranian

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Civilians, Security Forces Killed in Turkey’s Diyarbakir Operation

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 4  – Two civilians, a soldier and a police officer have been killed in southeastern Turkey as military operations to root out armed fighters focused on urban centres across the mainly Kurdish region, security sources said. Violence in the three-decade war with Kurdistan Workers Party fighters flared in July

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Iraqi Sunni Mosques Attacked in Apparent Retaliation

BAGHDAD, Jan 4 – At least two Sunni Muslim mosques have been attacked in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the execution of a senior Shi’ite cleric in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, officials and police said on Monday. The interior ministry in Baghdad confirmed the attacks late Sunday in Hilla, around 100 km (60 miles) south of

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Israel Destroys Homes of Palestinians Involved in Killing Israelis

BY Maher Abukhater WEB EXCLUSIVE JERUSALEM – Israel destroyed two homes on Monday of Palestinians involved in attacking and killing Israelis almost three months ago. A large number of Israeli police personnel surrounded Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem since early morning and proceeded to destroy homes for the Elyan and Abu Jamal families. Bahaa Elyan

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Iran: Riyadh Thrives on Tension Following Severed Ties

DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia used an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions, Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday after Riyadh severed diplomatic relations. Iran was committed to protecting its foreign diplomatic missions, the ministry added. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the early hours of Sunday

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Puerto Rico Reports First Case of Zika Virus

SAN JUAN, Jan 4 – Puerto Rico has reported its first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a U.S. Congressman said on Thursday. Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, said in a

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