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U.S. Offers $25 Mln Reward for Information on Daesh Leader

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 – The United States on Friday more than doubled its previous reward for information on Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the head of the jihadist group. The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information

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Hamas Blames Israel for Killing of Drone Expert in Tunisia

GAZA, Dec 17  – The Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza blamed Israel on Saturday for the killing in Tunisia this week of a Tunisian national it described as one of its drone experts, and threatened retaliation. Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Mohammed Zawari, who was gunned down near the city of Sfax on

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France Postpones Middle East Peace Conference to January

PARIS, Dec 17 – France has postponed a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris to January next year, its ambassador to the United Nations said, acknowledging that the conditions to bring Israelis and Palestinians face-to-face were currently not there. France has repeatedly tried to breathe new life into the peace process this year, holding

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India’s Cash Crackdown Linked to Drop in Child Trafficking

By Roli Srivastava and Nita Bhalla MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Dec 17- Business has been slow at the Thakkar Bappa Colony shoe manufacturing hub in eastern Mumbai since the Indian government withdrew high-value bank notes last month in an attempt to curb tax evasion and counterfeit currency. Orders to the numerous shoemakers lining the slum’s narrow streets

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Syrian Rebels Blame Iran for Holding up Aleppo Evacuation Deal

AMMAN, Dec 17 – Syrian rebels blamed Iran and its Shi’ite-backed militias on Saturday of holding up a deal to evacuate civilians trapped in the remaining rebel bastion in Aleppo. Munir al Sayal, the head of the political wing of the Ahrar al Sham rebel group involved in negotiations over the deal, said Iran was

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Khamenei Condemns Britain After PM May Calls Iran a Regional Threat

DUBAI, Dec 17  – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Britain on Saturday as a “source of evil and misery” for the Middle East after British Prime Minister Theresa May called Iran a regional threat. “Shamelessly, the British have recently called … Iran a threat to the region, but everyone knows that … it

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Red Cross Asks for Quick Agreement on Aleppo Evacuation Plan

BEIRUT, Dec 17  – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) asked Syria’s warring parties to agree quickly on a plan to evacuate people from east Aleppo and provide “solid” safety guarantees on Saturday, a day after the evacuation stalled. “We’re ready to resume facilitating the evacuation according to our humanitarian mandate. But we

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China, U.S. ‘Appropriately Handling’ Seizure of Drone, China says

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Dec 17  – China and the United States are using military channels to “appropriately handle” the seizure by the Chinese navy of a U.S. underwater drone in the South China Sea, China said on Saturday, and a Chinese state-run newspaper said it expected a smooth resolution. The drone was taken on

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Obama says China would not take Change in US Policy on Taiwan Lightly

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – President Barack Obama said on Friday it was fine for President-elect Donald Trump to review Washington’s “one-China” policy toward Taiwan, but he cautioned that a shift could lead to significant consequences in the U.S. relationship with Beijing. “For China, the issue of Taiwan is as

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France Pushes U.N. Security Council Action on Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/PARIS, Dec 16 – France said on Friday it is pushing for the United Nations Security Council to ensure the evacuation of Aleppo is coordinated by international observers, that humanitarian aid is allowed in to the Syrian city and that hospitals are protected. French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre

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