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Orlando Killer Expressed Support for Multiple Islamist Groups

By Letitia Stein and Jarrett Renshaw ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 – Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had expressed sympathy for a variety of Islamist extremists, including groups in the Middle East that are sworn enemies, the FBI said on Monday, as a picture began to emerge of the angry, violent man who carried out America’s

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Israel’s Settlement Drive is Becoming Irreversible, Diplomats Fear

By Luke Baker MITZPE YERICHO, West Bank, May 31 – In the hills east of Jerusalem, overlooking the Palestinian city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, stands a religious Jewish settlement whose red-tile roofs, neat gardens and brightly coloured playgrounds give the sense of permanence. Mitzpe Yericho has stood on this escarpment, close to the

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More Than 20 Killed in Series of Bombings in Baghdad, Police Says

BAGHDAD, May 30 – More than 20 people were killed and about 50 injured in three bombings, including two suicide attacks, that hit Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said. The attacks came as Iraqi forces and Shi’ite militias are fighting Daesh militants in Falluja, their stronghold just west of the capital. Twelve people

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Israeli Police Recommend Charges Against Netanyahu’s Wife: Reports

JERUSALEM, May 30 – Israeli police on Sunday recommended bringing criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, Israeli media said, on suspicion she misused state funds at their official and private residences. Mrs Netanyahu, who has denied any wrongdoing, was questioned by the police fraud squad in December. Any significant political fallout for

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Iraqis Fleeing Mosul to Syria, Up To 50,000 Anticipated: UNHCR

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 27 – More than 4,200 Iraqis from Mosul fled to Syria in May, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, adding it is gearing up for up to 50,000 people to leave the Daesh-held city and cross the border. Driving the exodus appear to be reports that Daesh militants

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Aleppo Fighting Rages as U.S., Russia Try To Revive Syria Truce

By John Davison and David Brunnstrom BEIRUT/PARIS, May 10 – Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria‘s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday.

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Closures and Court Cases Leave Turkey’s Media Increasingly Muzzled

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, April 13 – Metin Yilmaz, editor-in-chief of the Sozcu newspaper, one of the most outspoken critics of the government in the Turkish media, says he is weighing his words more carefully these days. Framed front pages adorn Sozcu’s office walls in testament to its status as a bastion

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Young Arabs See Daesh as Biggest Regional Challenge: Poll

DUBAI, April 13 – Young Arabs view Daesh as the biggest challenge facing their region and some blame poor job opportunities for the rise of the militant group, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Daesh has declared a “caliphate” over swathes of Iraq and Syria it occupies, has established branches in conflict-ridden Libya and

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Bomb Kills Two Education Ministry Workers in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, April 11 – A bomb hit a mini-bus carrying Afghan Education Ministry workers in the capital Kabul on Monday, killing two people and wounding seven, the ministry said. The roadside bomb blew up as the bus was carrying workers to their offices in Kabul’s eastern Bagrami district, the ministry said. There

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