Politics

How to Prevent World War III in Syria Between Turkey and Russia

By Joshua W. Walker Nov 25 (Reuters) – NATO entered uncharted territory on Tuesday when one of its members, Turkey, shot down a Russian warplane. There is an urgent need for Washington to bring both sides together to avoid World War Three. Details are still emerging to corroborate Ankara’s insistence that the jet had been

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Reports of Civilian Casualties Dim Chances of U.S.-Russia Alliance in Syria

By Jonathan Landay, Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Nov 25 – Reports of heavy civilian casualties from Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria are one key reason why Washington is unlikely to coordinate airstrikes with Moscow against Daesh, U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Barack Obama left the door ajar on Tuesday to military

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How Did Authorities Miss The ‘Red Flags’ Before Paris Shootings?

By John Irish, Robert-Jan Bartunek and Orhan Coskun PARIS, Nov 22 – There were multiple chances to stop the men who attacked Paris. In January, Turkish authorities detained one of the suicide bombers at Turkey’s border and deported him to Belgium. Brahim Abdeslam, Turkish authorities told Belgian police at the time, had been “radicalized” and

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Egypt Elections: A Matter of Life and Death in North Sinai

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan ARISH, Egypt, Nov 19 – On Oct. 24, Mostafa Abdelrahman stepped out of his home in Al Arish, the sand swept capital of Egypt’s North Sinai province. Within seconds, two men pulled up on a motorcycle and shot him dead. His campaign for parliament was over. The same

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Connecticut Welcomes Syrian Refugee Family After Indiana Slams Door

By Scott Malone Nov 18 – A family of Syrian refugees has settled in Connecticut after the Republican governor of Indiana, where the trio had been headed, said he did not want new refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war to enter his state, officials said on Wednesday. The family included a father, a mother and their

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Honduras Detains U.S. Bound Syrians with Fake Greek Passports

By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 18 – Honduran authorities said on Wednesday they had intercepted six Syrian nationals traveling on doctored Greek passports in the past week, including five who had been trying to reach the United States. Police said there were no signs of any links to last week’s deadly attacks in Paris that

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France Invokes EU’s Mutual Assistance Clause In Fighting Daesh

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 – France invoked the European Union’s (EU) mutual assistance clause for the first time on Tuesday, asking its partners for military help and other aid in missions in the Middle East and Africa after the Paris attacks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. He said all 28 EU member states had accepted France‘s

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‘Trudeaumania’ Makes Global Debut at G20 Summit

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15  – Justin Trudeau, Canada’s charismatic new prime minister, made his international debut on Sunday and was greeted by business executives seeking selfie pictures and an appointment book full of meeting requests from the world’s most powerful politicians. Canadian leaders rarely cause a stir at international gatherings but there was no chance

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Paris Attacks Turn Spotlight on Germany’s Refugee Policy

By Michael Nienaber and Kirsti Knolle BERLIN, Nov 14 – The deadly attacks in Paris have sparked a debate in Germany on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy and how to get a better overview of the people entering the country. Daesh on Saturday claimed responsibility for the coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed

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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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