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Sense of Urgency Surrounds G20 Meet in Aftermath of Paris Attacks

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15 – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Turkey on Sunday for a summit of world leaders that has taken on a sense of urgency following deadly Paris attacks that pushed the fight against Daesh militants to the top of the agenda. Obama, who called the Paris attacks “an outrageous attempt to

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Clinton’s Iraq Vote Slammed at Democratic Debate

By John Whitesides and Amanda Becker DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov 14 – U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton came under heavy criticism in a debate on Saturday for her 2003 vote backing the U.S. invasion of Iraq, with rival Bernie Sanders linking it to regional chaos that aided the rise of Daesh militants. Sanders and

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Train Crash Kills Another Seven In France

ECKWERSHEIM, France, Nov 14 (Reuters) – A train undergoing a trial on a new high-speed line from Paris to Strasbourg derailed on Saturday near the German border, killing seven people, the local prefecture said. Another 11 people were seriously injured. All of the 49 people aboard the train were employees of the SNCF national railways.

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France’s ‘Flawed’ Policy in Middle East to Blame For Attacks: Assad

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Nov 14 – Syrian President Bashar Al Assad on Saturday condemned Friday’s deadly attacks by Daesh in Paris but said the West’s “flawed” policies in Syria, especially that of France, was partly to blame. Daesh has claimed responsibility for a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people at locations across Paris.

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Lebanon Twin Suicide Bombings Kills 44; PM Holds Emergency Meeting

By John Davison BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam held an emergency meeting with his security cabinet and military chiefs on Friday as the nation mourned 44 people killed in a double suicide bombing claimed by Daesh militants. The blasts late on Thursday hit a residential and commercial area in a

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Afghan Troops Defect To Taliban

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Nov. 14 – At least 65 Afghan soldiers have defected to the Taliban, taking their weapons and equipment with them and 88 have been killed in days of heavy fighting in the volatile southern province of Helmand, the local provincial Governor said on Saturday. The latest losses underline the heavy toll being

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What [Not] To Expect in New Round of Syria Peace Talks

By John Irish and Karin Strohecker VIENNA, Nov 13. Two weeks after they jointly called for a political solution to Syria’s civil war, foreign ministers and senior officials from Russia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East struggled on Friday to turn that idea into a more concrete plan. As those officials returned to

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Iran’s Rouhani Cancels Italy, France Visits Over Paris Attacks

DUBAI, Nov 14 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday canceled a visit to Italy and France following deadly attacks in Paris, while the foreign minister decided to attend Vienna talks on Syria to address threats of extremism. Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday,

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Fallout From Syria Looms Large Ahead of G20 Meet

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Nov 14) Syria’s war, migration and the fight against terrorism will force their way onto the agenda when world leaders meet in Turkey, a country straddling Europe and the Middle East and struggling with the fallout from all three. Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies (G20), including the United States, China, Japan,

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Amid Chaos, Parisians Offer Refuge to Strangers Via Twitter

By Tariro Mzezewa Nov 13: People in Paris took to social media to find and offer refuge on Friday night, as the city was gripped by chaos following a string of attacks that left dozens dead. The Twitter hashtag #porteouverte, which means “open door” in English, was being used to offer shelter as authorities urged

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