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Turkish Election To Shape Political Landscape

BY Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan is unambiguous about what he wants from an election on Sunday, casting it as a pivotal moment for Turkey: a return to the single-party rule he presided over for more than a decade until June. The outcome of the second parliamentary election this

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Egypt Confirms Russian Plane with 224 Aboard Crashes in Sinai

ISMAILIA/CAIRO, Oct 31 (Reuters) A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the Egyptian civil aviation authority said, and a security officer who arrived on the scene said all aboard the plane were probably dead. The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia with registration number KGL-9268, was

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Through Thick, Thin and Stink

A crisis of waste management in Lebanon prompts a protest movement that shows no signs of abating BY Nour Samaha Newsweek Middle East Web Exclusive BEIRUT: What started out with just 10 people on the streets protesting against an old garbage problem soon escalated to crowds in the tens of thousands, demanding an overhaul of

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Ratings On Saudi Arabia Lowered To ‘A+/A-1’; Outlook Remains Negative

By staff reporter Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its unsolicited long-and short-term foreign- and local-currency sovereign credit ratings on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ‘A+/A-1’ from ‘AA-/A-1+’. The outlook remains negative. In a report issued late Friday, S&P also revised its transfer and convertibility (T & C) assessment on Saudi Arabia to ‘AA-‘from

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U.S. Reports 13 Air Strikes On Daesh in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters)  The United States and its allies conducted 13 air strikes against Daesh militants in Iraq on Wednesday, according to a military statement released on Thursday. The strikes hit Daesh weapons, boats, fighting positions and other targets near six Iraqi cities, including Ramadi and Mosul, the statement said. No attacks on the militant group in

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Spacewalkers Prepare Station for Space Taxi Parking Spots

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters)  Two U.S. astronauts wrapped up nearly seven hours of electrical work and maintenance chores outside the International Space Station on Wednesday, part of an ongoing upgrade to prepare the outpost for new commercial space taxis. Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren left the station’s airlock around 1230 GMT, the

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#FreeBacon Topic Sizzles on Social Media after WHO Meat Report

NEW YORK (Reuters) Bacon lovers took to social media on Tuesday to express disdain over a World Health Organization report that said processed meat is likely to cause cancer. The hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon were among the top-trending topics worldwide on Twitter for a second straight day. Celebrities, politicians and ordinary consumers were reacting

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China Says Taiwan Election Putting off Tourists from Visiting

BEIJING (Reuters) Chinese tourists are being put off visiting Taiwan because of the “highly politicized” atmosphere there ahead of January’s elections, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, but would not say if Beijing was telling people not to go. Taiwan elections are always sensitive in Communist Party-ruled China, worried that the democratic winds from across

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The Curious Case of Yemen’s Alliances: Saleh Vs Houthis

Saleh described his skillful manipulation of Yemeni tribes as ‘dancing over the heads of snakes,’ but did the Snake Charmer finally run out of tricks? Or are the serpents still dancing to his flute? BY Ammar Aulaqi IN THE EARLY morning hours of May 10, 2015, Sana’a was rocked by five consecutive explosions. As clouds of

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‘Killer Robots’ Must Be Stopped, Activists Say

Filed Under: Tech & Science, weapons, United Nations, Treaty The phrase “killer robot” instantly conjures images from science fiction, like the ruthless T-1000 Terminator that slowly reforms to resume its deadly mission after being frozen with liquid nitrogen and blasted to pieces. But a future involving autonomous weapons systems—capable of killing people without anyone’s direction—isn’t so

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