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U.N. Urges Jordan to Let 12,000 Stranded Syrian Refugees Enter

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Dec 9 – The United Nations urged Jordan on Tuesday to allow in 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded at the border in deteriorating humanitarian conditions and offered to help reinforce security at registration points. The Syrians are fleeing escalating air strikes on their battered homeland as well as

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America’s Muslims Object to Obama’s Push for More Self-Surveillance

By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES, Dec 8 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s request to American Muslims that they must help “root out” extremists in their midst received an angry response inside mosques in a part of California where four men were recently arrested for conspiring to aid Islamist militants. At the West Coast Islamic

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Saudi To Consider Sri Lankan Maid’s Appeal Against Stoning

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming the decision as a “big victory.” The married woman, who had been

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China says Mandarin Daesh Song Shows Need for Global Cooperation

BEIJING, Dec 8 – A Chinese-language song purportedly released by Daesh shows the need for closer global cooperation against terrorism, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, as a senior official said the fight against Islamist militancy had made progress. China relies on the Middle East for oil supplies, but tends to leave diplomacy there to

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Turkey Detains Senior Police Officers for Allegedly Supporting Erdogan’s Foe

ISTANBUL, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Turkish police detained 18 people including senior police officers on Tuesday, in an investigation of alleged supporters within the police force of President Tayyip Erdogan’s foe, Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, state-run Anadolu Agency said. It said arrest warrants were issued for 27 police officers in an operation across 13 provinces

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S. African Court Grants Bail to Pistorius

PRETORIA, Dec 8 -Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, was granted bail on Tuesday and has the freedom of South Africa’s capital Pretoria as he waits to appeal his conviction in April. The Paralympic champion, nicknamed “Blade Runner” because of the prosthetic legs he uses to race, was granted

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Russia Beefs up its Armenia Base with Army Helicopters

MOSCOW, Dec 8 – Russia has deployed attack and transport helicopters to reinforce its military base in Armenia, RIA news agency quoted Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Tuesday. A total of seven helicopters MI-24 and Mi-8 have been deployed at the base near the capital city of Yerevan, and one more batch would be

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