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Border Hospitals Overwhelmed by Russian-Backed Assault on Syria’s Aleppo

By Humeyra Pamuk KILIS, Turkey, Feb 11 – Hospitals near the Syrian frontline have come under attack and been overwhelmed by severely wounded victims of Russian air strikes, taking the area’s health system to the verge of collapse, health workers say. French charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which runs six hospitals in Syria and provides support

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Russian Bombings in Syria Risk “Cutting Off” Communities Warns Charity

By Tom Esslemont LONDON, Feb 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Humanitarian access to northwestern Syria could be cut off unless Russia halts its aerial bombardment of routes supplying hundreds of thousands of people with food and water, aid workers warned ahead of an international donor conference on Thursday. The alarm was sounded by an international

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India’s Supreme Court To Review Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

By Aditya Kalra and Andrew MacAskill NEW DELHI, Feb 3 – India’s top court on Tuesday said it will review a decision over whether to uphold a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex in a victory for homosexual rights campaigners at a time when the nation is navigating a path between tradition and modernity. The

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Stage is Set for Syria Peace Talks as Opposition Arrives in Geneva

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Jan 31- A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join U.N.-mediated peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assad’s government be made to comply with a U.N. resolution on humanitarian aid and human rights. “We are keen to make this negotiation a success,” opposition

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U.S. Navy Commander Pleads Guilty in Corruption Scandal

By Marty Graham Jan 29- A U.S. Navy commander charged with accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal corruption charges. Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz appeared in U.S. District Court in San Diego to answer to charges

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We are not natural-born enemies of Iran: Saudi U.N. Envoy

By Michelle Nichols and Sam Wilkin UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would restore ties with Iran when Tehran stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and pledged that Riyadh would continue to work “very hard” to support bids for peace in Syria and Yemen despite the spat. Saudi

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U.S. Prepares New Sanctions on Iran over Ballistic Missile Program

WASHINGTON, Dec 30 – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is preparing new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Iran’s ballistic missile program, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the potential sanctions would target about 12 companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab

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Armenia At A Crossroads: Referendum To Decide Country’s Fate

Thousands of Armenians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform BY Staff Reporter DUBAI, Dec 7 – For the third time in its modern history, Armenia held a referendum aimed at changing its constitution from semi-presidential to parliamentary. Almost 2,000 polling stations throughout the country opened their doors to 2.5 million citizens, whose voting was

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