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FBI Kept Tabs on Muhammad Ali in 1966 During Nation of Islam Probe

By Alex Dobuzinskis Dec 16 – The FBI kept tabs on the late boxer Muhammad Ali in 1966, including his divorce and his speech at a Miami mosque, in its investigation of the religious group Nation of Islam, according to documents released by the agency. The release of the documents, recently posted on the website

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Syria Says it Rejects Aleppo Ceasefire if Rebels Remain

BEIRUT, Dec 6 – Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media. Moscow said on Monday that Russian and U.S. officials would meet this week to discuss a possible

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United Nations says Mosul’s Poor Struggling to Get Food

BAGHDAD, Nov 29 – The United Nations said on Tuesday there were indications that poorer families in Mosul are struggling to feed themselves as food prices increase following the U.S.-backed offensive on the Daesh-held city in northern Iraq. “Key informants are telling us that poor families are struggling to put sufficient food on their tables,”

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U.S. Proposes U.N. Arms Embargo on South Sudan, Sanctions

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 – The United States circulated on Thursday to the 15-member United Nations Security Council a draft resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions amid warnings by a senior U.N. official of possible genocide. Political rivalry between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, an

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Germany Sees Surging Asylum Applications from Turkey

BERLIN, Nov 18 – The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year, and has been rising steadily since a failed military coup on July 15, a German newspaper group reported on Friday. Germany received 4,437 asylum applications from Turkish citizens between January and October, compared to 1,767 applications received in

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Daesh Killed 300 Former Policemen south of Mosul, HRW Says

BAGHDAD, Nov 17  – Daesh militants probably killed more than 300 Iraqi former police three weeks ago and buried them in a mass grave near the town of Hammam al-Alil south of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. A Reuters reporter visited the site of the mass grave, where residents said the ultra-hardline militants

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Food Production in Syria Hits All-Time Low – U.N. Agencies

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 15  – Food production has dropped to an all-time low in Syria where civilians are struggling through their sixth winter in a war zone, U.N. agencies said on Tuesday. Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring cost of seeds, fertilisers and tractor fuel, the

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