Politics

Europe Turns to Morocco in Paris Attacks Investigation

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Philip Blenkinsop AIT OURIR, Morocco, Jan 13 – A few weeks before she was killed in a raid by French special forces beside the suspected ringleader of last November’s Paris attacks, Hasna Ait Boulahcen packed her bags and said her last farewells to relatives in Morocco. The 26-year-old Parisian’s almost

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Behind Both Obama and Haley speeches, Trump Looms

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON, Jan 13 – Donald Trump was not in the room during President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech, but the Republican presidential front-runner held the center of attention nonetheless. Both Obama’s speech on Tuesday, and for that matter, the Republican response by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, took pains

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Obama’s Last State of the Union To Set Final Goals, Promote Legacy

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Jan 12 – President Barack Obama will present an agenda for his final year in office and beyond on Tuesday in his last State of the Union address, aiming to paint an optimistic vision of America despite worries about immigration, terrorism and economic inequality. The speech to a joint session of

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Syrian Bomber Suspected to be Behind Istanbul Explosion

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Jan 12 – A Syrian suicide bomber is thought to be responsible for an attack which killed at least ten people including foreigners in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet tourist district on Tuesday, President Tayyip Erdogan said. There was a high probability Daesh militants were behind the blast near

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France: Syria, Russia Must End Operations Against Syrian Civilians

PARIS, Jan 11 – France’s foreign minister said on Monday Syria and Russia must stop what he called military operations against civilians and in particular put an end to suffering in the besieged city of Madaya just two weeks before peace talks are scheduled. Laurent Fabius said images coming out of Madaya, where aid agencies

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Russia’s Putin Wants Global Cooperation Against Terrorism

MOSCOW, Jan 11 – Russia wants to fight terrorism jointly with the rest of the world, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Monday, while again accusing the West of exacerbating international crises that had contributed to it. “We are faced with common threats, and we still want all countries, both in Europe

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Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 – Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies. Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in

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China Envoy Calls for Calm and Restraint Between Saudi, Iran

BEIJING, Jan 11 – A Chinese envoy who visited Saudi Arabia and Iran over the past week has called for both countries to exercise calm and restraint amid an on-going feud between the two countries, in a rare diplomatic foray into the region by Beijing. Tensions between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and

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Iran Complains to U.N. About Saudi “Provocations”

DUBAI, Jan 10 – Iran’s foreign minister has complained to the United Nations about Saudi Arabia’s “provocations” towards Tehran, as a diplomatic crisis between the region’s two major powers entered its second week. In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon published by Iranian news agencies on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said “some people”

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