Politics

Syrian Rebel Group Says Saudi Meet Must Rule Out Concessions

RIYADH, Dec 9 – The powerful Islamist insurgent group Ahrar Al Sham said on Wednesday that a Syrian opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia must insist that President Bashar Al Assad face justice and that Syria’s “institutions of oppression” are dismantled. The group, whose founders had links to Al Qaeda, is taking part in the meeting

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At U.N., Iraq Plays Down Dispute with Turkey Over Troop Deployment

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 9 – Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday appeared to play down a dispute between Baghdad and Ankara over the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying bilateral talks between the neighboring states to end the row were proceeding favorably. “We are solving it between Baghdad

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Donald Trump Urges Ban on Muslims Entering U.S.

By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON, Dec 7 – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized. “We have no choice,”

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Iraq’s PM Finds Himself Caught in The Crossfire, Again

By Suadad Al Salhy WEB EXCLUSIVE This past weekend has seen Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi at the center of yet another political storm following the announcement by U.S. officials that they planned to deploy more troops on the ground. Abadi has received messages—both direct and indirect—from Shiite political partners alluding to the risks

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Leaders of California Mosques Say Shooter’s Rampage Betrayed Islam

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN BERNARDINO, Dec 4 – California shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was a devout Muslim who made a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2013 and prayed regularly at a mosque in Riverside, California and later at one in nearby San Bernardino, officials at the mosques said on Thursday. And that has left them all

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Meet to Discuss Restarting Peace Talks With Taliban

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan met in Paris on Monday to discuss ways to resurrect peace talks with Taliban insurgents and to improve relations between the neighbours that soured earlier in the year after a string of militant attacks in Kabul. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s

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NATO Allies Seek to Strengthen Turkey’s Defences

By Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold and Arshad Mohammed BRUSSELS, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – NATO allies sought on Tuesday to strengthen Turkey’s defences along its Syrian border after the United States withdrew its missile defence battery for modernisation, leaving Ankara exposed as Russia intensifies actions in the area. Germany has also removed its Patriot battery supporting

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Turkey Calls for Opening of Communication Channels With Russia

ANKARA, Dec 1 – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Tuesday for the opening of communication channels between Turkey and Russia to prevent incidents like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan did not meet at Monday’s

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What do Syria, Yemen, Libya have in common? It’s not religion

By Jack Goldstone Dec. 1 – As world leaders gather in Paris this week to address climate change, they will labor under the shadow of recent attacks by Daesh. Yet as they think about climate issues, they should remember that the connection between climate change and Daesh—and more broadly, between climate change and political instability—is

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France Calls for “Enlightened Islam” Against Jihadist Ideology

By Tom Heneghan PARIS, Nov 30 – Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged French Muslim leaders on Sunday to develop an “enlightened Islam” to confront what he called the obscurantist views of Daesh that lead young Muslims into violence. At their first meeting since the Nov. 13 killings of 130 people, he told about 400 Muslim

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