Afghanistan’s Intelligence Chief Resigns Over Disagreements with President Ghani

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The head of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, resigned on Thursday over disagreements with President Ashraf Ghani, laying bare divisions that have hindered efforts to fight the growing Taliban insurgency. The resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil follows a series of setbacks in recent months

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U.S. Presidential Hopeful Trump Postpones Israel Trip

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday postponed his trip to Israel amid a controversy over his comments about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the United States. Trump announced the decision in a post on his Twitter feed and said he would plan to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

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Trump’s Muslim Ban Scrambles Republican Outreach to Jewish Voters

By James Oliphant and Michelle Conlin WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Dec 10 – For the Republican Party, a tough job just got a little tougher thanks to Donald Trump. For years, Republicans, backed by some influential donors, have carefully cultivated the vote of Jewish-Americans who regard the security of Israel their top concern. Less than a week

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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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Airline Profits to Hit Record Levels on Low Oil

GENEVA, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Low oil prices and healthy demand for travel will boost airline profits again in 2016, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday. IATA, which represents almost 260 airlines accounting for 83 percent of global air traffic, said net profits would reach record levels of $36.3 billion in 2016 after

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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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Syrian Rebel Fighters Withdraw from Homs Following Ceasefire

BEIRUT, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Buses carrying Syrian rebel fighters and their families safely reached the northwestern city of Idlib overnight after withdrawing from Homs under a local ceasefire agreement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The United Nations presided over the deal, which the mayor of Homs said involved 300 fighters

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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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