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Chinese Citizen Reportedly Fighting for Daesh in Syria

BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) – A young Chinese man has become the first citizen of his country known to have travelled to Syria to fight with the Kurds against Daesh, a newspaper said on Thursday, running an interview with his sister who called for him to come home. Pan Yang, from a farming family from

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Gulf States Call for Yemen Reconstruction Meeting

RIYADH, Dec 10 – Gulf Arab states called on Thursday for an international reconstruction conference for Yemen after any deal to end its civil war, which has killed 6,000 people and caused widespread damage to the country’s economy and infrastructure. The call came in a statement by Gulf Cooperation Council leaders at the conclusion of

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Israel Claims Success of Arrow 3 Missile Shield Test

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Dec 10 – Israel’s upgraded Arrow ballistic missile shield passed a full interception test on Thursday, hitting a target in space meant to simulate the trajectory of the long-range weapons held by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, the Defense Ministry said. The success was a boost for “Arrow 3” among Israeli missile

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Syria Summit to Choose Talks Representatives

RIYADH, Dec 10 – Syrian opposition and rebel groups meeting in Riyadh will on Thursday discuss forming a delegation for future peace talks, one of the toughest subjects in negotiations aimed at forging a unified position among President Bashar Al Assad’s enemies. Wednesday’s talks produced broad agreement on their already widely held positions that Assad

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Minnesota Man Charged With Planning to Join Daesh

By Alex Dobuzinskis Dec 9 – A Minnesota man was charged on Wednesday as the tenth person in an alleged conspiracy that encouraged young Somali-American men to travel overseas to join militant group Daesh and he planned to make the trip himself, court papers showed. Since 2007, U.S. prosecutors say, dozens of people from Minnesota,

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Muhammad Ali Appears to Take Jab at Trump Over Muslim Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 – Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known U.S. Muslims, appeared on Wednesday to join the chorus condemning the proposal by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to temporarily stop Muslims from entering the country. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own

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Cambodia Tribunal Charges Former Khmer Rouge Cadre With Genocide

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – An international judge at a tribunal in Cambodia on Friday charged a former Khmer Rouge cadre with genocide and crimes against humanity, despite government resistance to investigations into the brutal, ultra-Maoist former regime. The official, Yim Tith, also faces counts of murder and violating the Geneva Convention for his alleged

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Syrian Opposition Groups Seek Common Ground At Peace Talks in Riyadh

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Syria’s fragmented opposition and rebel groups sought common ground on Wednesday ahead of planned peace talks to end a conflict which has devastated the country and drawn forces from Cold War and Middle East rivals into ever deeper combat operations. The talks in Saudi Arabia mark the

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Attack on Kandahar Airport Base by Taliban Kills 37 Civilians

By Sayed Sarwar Amani and Ismail Sameem KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Dozens of people were killed and wounded in fighting at the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar after an overnight attack by Taliban insurgents that security forces had not entirely suppressed nearly 24 hours later. With final mopping up operations

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