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Trump Promises Syria ‘Safe Zones’, Obama says no Easy fix

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton ORLANDO/WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would build “safe zones” to try to help civilians trapped in Syria’s bloody conflict, an idea that President Barack Obama said would be too hard to enforce. Trump and Obama spoke separately of the conflict after

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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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