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Judicial Source Claims Third Bataclan Attacker was in Syria in 2013

By Marine Pennetier PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 has been identified as a 23-year-old French national who went to Syria two years ago, according to officials involved in the inquiry into the multiple attacks on the French capital. Investigators identified Foued

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Afghan, Pakistan Leaders Hold Unyielding Positions at Meet

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 – Leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan held firm to positions on their troubled ties at a conference on Afghanistan’s future on Wednesday that risked being overshadowed by a Taliban attack in Afghanistan’s biggest city. The “Heart of Asia” meeting, an annual gathering of Asian and other countries to pledge

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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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