Politics

Iran’s October Missile Test Violated U.N. Ban, Expert Panel States

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test-firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, a team of sanctions monitors said, leading to calls in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday for more sanctions on Tehran. The White House said it would not

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Yemen’s Houthis, Gov’t Trade Accusation of Truce Violation

CAIRO, Dec 16 – Yemen’s dominant Houthi group and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government have accused each other of violating a ceasefire aimed at facilitating U.N.-sponsored peace talks, although the truce appeared to be largely holding on Wednesday. The seven-day truce began at mid-day on Tuesday as representatives of Hadi’s government and the Iran-allied Houthis

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Kerry to Explore Syria Peace Process in Kremlin Talks

By Lesley Wroughton MOSCOW, Dec 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to try and narrow differences with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the role of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in any political transition and which rebel groups should be part of peace talks. Kerry will seek to

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Why Washington Ignored Torture by Iraqi Militias

By Ned Parker ERBIL, Iraq, Dec 14 – It was one of the most shocking events in one of the most brutal periods in Iraq’s history. In late 2005, two years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, U.S. soldiers raided a police building in Baghdad and found 168 prisoners in horrific conditions. Many were

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In U.S. Mosques, Growing Safety Concerns — And More Armed Guards

By Idrees Ali CORONA, Calif., Dec 14 – From the suburbs of Los Angeles to the outskirts of Washington, D.C., mosques around the United States are warily stepping up security in the face of growing fears about reprisals on American Muslims. The increasing safety concerns described by American Islamic leaders—and the steps they are taking

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Russia’s Chief of Army Says Moscow Backs Opposition Offensive in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia’s air force is conducting dozens of air strikes in Syria daily to support the Free Syrian Army fighting alongside government troops against Islamic militants, the chief of Russian army’s general staff was quoted as saying on Monday. The number of Free Syrian Army fighters now advancing in the provinces

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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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Trump’s Muslim Ban Scrambles Republican Outreach to Jewish Voters

By James Oliphant and Michelle Conlin WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Dec 10 – For the Republican Party, a tough job just got a little tougher thanks to Donald Trump. For years, Republicans, backed by some influential donors, have carefully cultivated the vote of Jewish-Americans who regard the security of Israel their top concern. Less than a week

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Syrian Rebel Fighters Withdraw from Homs Following Ceasefire

BEIRUT, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Buses carrying Syrian rebel fighters and their families safely reached the northwestern city of Idlib overnight after withdrawing from Homs under a local ceasefire agreement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The United Nations presided over the deal, which the mayor of Homs said involved 300 fighters

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