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Russia Says Fired Warning Shots at Turkish Ship To Avoid Collision

MOSCOW, Dec 13 – The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, had been forced to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision and that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident. It said in a statement that

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Blast in Northwestern Pakistan Kills 10, Injures 50

By Javed Hussain PARACHINAR, Pakistan Dec 13 – Ten people were killed and at least 50 injured in a blast in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar on Sunday, officials said, but it was unclear which militant group was responsible. Parachinar has a large Shiite population, unusual in Sunni-majority Pakistan, and locals have expressed fears

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Afghan Forces Battle to Hold off Taliban in Helmand District

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Afghan forces are battling to hold Marjah district centre in the volatile southern province of Helmand that Taliban insurgents have cut off as part of a months-long campaign in which they have taken three districts and threatened the regional capital. Helmand police chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang said on

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Saudi-Led Air Strikes in Yemen Kill 19 Civilians

DUBAI, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Saudi-led air strikes killed 19 Yemeni civilians in bombings of homes and a market on Sunday, residents said, a day before a U.N.-brokered ceasefire is set to start ahead of peace talks to end eight months of war. Villagers in al-Hajawara in northern Hajjah province said multiple air bombings killed

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First Woman Gets Elected to Saudi Local Council

RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that Salima bint Hazab al-Otaibi had become the first woman elected to public office in the conservative Islamic kingdom after winning a seat on the municipal council in Mecca in Saturday’s election. The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates,

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Western Powers Coax Libyans to Sign Accord

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS, Dec 13 – After a year of U.N. talks to end Libya’s conflict, Western powers are coaxing the warring factions closer to a deal they hope can help stop the spread of Daesh militancy in the North African country. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will co-chair a meeting of European,

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Clashes in Burundi Kill 90

NAIROBI, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday’s clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said on Saturday, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May. Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday and residents said officials spent the day collecting bullet-riddled bodies from city streets.

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Saudi Women’s Vote: Historic Change or Symbolic?

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 13 – Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time on Saturday in local council elections and also stood as candidates, a step hailed by some activists in the Islamic patriarchy as a historic change, but by others as merely symbolic. “As a first step it is a great achievement.

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Climate Change Summit Forges Landmark Accord

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 13 – The global climate summit in Paris forged a landmark agreement on Saturday, setting the course for a historic transformation of the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades in a bid to arrest global warming. After four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests

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Al Qaeda’s Syria Wing Says Truces Only Benefit Gov’t

BEIRUT, Dec 13 – Truces between the Syrian government and rebels only benefit Damascus, the leader of one of the largest insurgent groups in the war said in comments broadcast on Saturday, in which he also criticized a recent opposition meeting as a “conspiracy.” The remarks by Abu Mohamad Al Golani, head of al Qaeda’s

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