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Paris Suspect’s Lawyer to Sue French Prosecutor: Media

BRUSSELS, March 20 – The lawyer defending the prime surviving suspect for the Nov. 13 Paris attacks said on Sunday he would sue a French prosecutor for divulging Salah Abdeslam’s private admission that he planned to blow himself up with fellow Daesh militants. Speaking two days after Abdeslam was captured during a police raid in Brussels,

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Putin Orders Surprise Syria Withdrawal As Peace Talks Resume

By Denis Dyomkin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 15 – President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war. Damascus rejected any suggestion of

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Top Vatican Cardinal Says Senior Clergy Lied About Child Sexual Abuse

By Philip Pullella and Jane Wardell ROME/SYDNEY, March 1 – Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday said senior clergy lied to him to cover up abuse in the 1970s. The Vatican’s treasurer told Australia’s Royal Commission

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Iran’s Pragmatic Rouhani Cheers Election Wins, Says Gov’t Stronger

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN, Feb 28  – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earned an emphatic vote of confidence and reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early results from elections that could accelerate the Islamic Republic’s emergence from years of isolation. While gains by moderates and reformists in Friday’s polls were most evident in the

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Egypt Jails Author For Two Years Over Sexually Explicit Novel

CAIRO, Feb 21 – An Egyptian court has sentenced an author to two years in jail for public indecency after excerpts of his sexually explicit novel were published in a literary newspaper. A chapter from Ahmed Naji’s novel Istikhdam Al Hayat, or Using Life, was serialized in a state-owned literary newspaper and a case was

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Turkish Paper Identifies Ankara Car Bomb Attacker as Syrian National

ISTANBUL, Feb 18 – A Syrian national, identified from his fingerprints, carried out a car bomb attack next to military buses in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, that killed 28 people, the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper said on Thursday. The paper did not specify the source for its report and it was not immediately possible to confirm

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Security Council to Discuss Turkish Shelling in Syria at Russia’s Request

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council will on Tuesday discuss Turkey’s shelling of targets in Syria at the request of Russia, which has voiced concern about Turkish military attacks on Russian-backed Kurdish militia fighters, according to an email exchange. Turkey shelled Kurdish YPG positions for a third straight day to

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Egyptian Investigator in Italian’s Death Has Past Torture Conviction

By Haitham Ahmed and Ahmed Mohammed Hassan CAIRO, Feb 16 – A senior Egyptian police officer investigating the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni has a prior conviction in connection with the torture and killing of a detainee, according to judicial and security sources and a court document shared by rights groups. Regeni, 28, disappeared

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U.N. Peace Envoy Visits Syria as Ceasefire Plan Struggles

DAMASCUS, Feb 16 – Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations envoy for Syria, has arrived in Damascus and will meet Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday, a Syrian government official said. De Mistura is making the surprise visit as world powers push for a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict. He suspended peace talks in Geneva last

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