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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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Trial Begins of Daesh Suspects in Turkey’s Worst Suicide Bombing

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA, Nov 7  – More than a dozen suspected members of Daesh appeared under police protection in an Ankara courtroom on Monday accused of involvement in Turkey’s deadliest suicide bombing, which killed more than 100 people in the capital just over a year ago. The defendants were brought into the courtroom under

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Saudi Security Officer Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Qatif – Arabiya

DUBAI, Oct 30  – A Saudi security officer was killed and a second was wounded on Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the Eastern Province city of Qatif, state-owned Al Arabiya television reported. The shooting occurred while the security men were on patrol, Al Arabiya said. It gave no information about the assailants but said

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War Pushes Yemen to Partition, Thwarting Peace Efforts

By Noah Browning DUBAI, Oct 30 – Yemen has endured thousands of air strikes and the deaths of more than 10,000 people in a 19-month war that has also unleashed hunger on the desperately poor country – but its biggest challenge may be yet to come. The conflict has led to Yemen’s de facto partition,

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Renewed Bombing Kills Over 150 in Rebel-Held Aleppo This Week

BEIRUT, Oct 13 – Renewed bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo has killed more than 150 people this week, rescue workers said on Thursday, as the Syrian government steps up its Russian-backed offensive to take the whole city. Air strikes against rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo had tapered off over the weekend after the Syrian army

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Bomb Kills at Least 25 Turkish-Backed Rebels in North Syria

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Oct 6 – A bomb claimed by Daesh at a Syria-Turkey border crossing killed at least 25 people, most of them foreign-backed Syrian rebels, and wounded dozens more on Thursday, witnesses said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group put the death toll at least 21. The attack targeted rebels from factions

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