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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The Brothers Farook: One a Decorated Veteran, the Other A Killer

By Edward McAllister and Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN BERNARDINO, CA, Dec 8 – One brother liked to party and chase girls. After high school, moved by what he saw as his patriotic duty, he enlisted in the Navy and received two medals recognizing his contributions to “the global war on terror.” The other was deeply religious

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Donald Trump Urges Ban on Muslims Entering U.S.

By Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON, Dec 7 – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week’s shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized. “We have no choice,”

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U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Assault Weapon Ban

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Dec 7 – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge by gun rights activists to an ordinance enacted by a Chicago suburb that bans assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The refusal by the nine justices to hear the case, coming at a time of fierce debate over the

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