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Suspected Militant Blows Himself Up During Raid in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A suspected Islamist militant and two members of his family were killed in northern Lebanon on Saturday, after the man blew himself up during an army raid on his home, security and medical sources said. It was the latest in a series of arrest raids across the country since two

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Britain Carries Out First Airstrikes on Syria

AKROTIRI, Cyprus/LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – British bombers made their first strikes on Daesh in Syria on Thursday, hitting oil fields that Prime Minister David Cameron says are being used to fund attacks on the West. Tornado bombers took off from the RAF Akrotiri air base in Cyprus just hours after British lawmakers voted 397-223

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For Freedom and Honor

Grief prevails despite victory as Yazidis mourn loved ones BY Mohammed A. Salih With a pistol hanging from his belt, Dilkash Murad walks into his own house on the eastern side of Sinjar, an Iraqi town that was occupied by the terrorist group Daesh last year. The ceiling is covered in smoke caused by repetitive battle

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NATO Allies Seek to Strengthen Turkey’s Defences

By Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold and Arshad Mohammed BRUSSELS, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – NATO allies sought on Tuesday to strengthen Turkey’s defences along its Syrian border after the United States withdrew its missile defence battery for modernisation, leaving Ankara exposed as Russia intensifies actions in the area. Germany has also removed its Patriot battery supporting

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Cameron Says Government Unanimous on Syria Strikes, Unlike Opposition

LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday his government had unanimously agreed a motion on air strikes against militants in Syria, portraying the ruling party as united on an issue that has split the Labour opposition. Cameron wants to launch the strikes as soon as possible against Daesh in Syria,

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U.N: Europe Must Stop Locking Up Thousands of Stateless People

By Emma Batha LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as “a preventable tragedy” that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis. Thousands of stateless people are being held in immigration detention centres across Europe even though they

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France Says Russian Airstrikes in Syria Should Only Target Daesh

PARIS, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – Russian air strikes in Syria must clearly target only Daesh militants, France’s foreign ministry said on Monday in response to questions over recent raids by Moscow on opposition groups in the north of the country. After travelling to the Russian capital on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande said he had

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Turkey Prepares to Hand Over Pilot’s Body to Russia

ANKARA, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara

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China Steps Up Efforts to Fight Militancy After Mali Attack

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – China will strengthen its cooperation with Africa in the fight against violent extremism after an attack last week by Islamist militants in Mali killed 19 people, including three Chinese citizens, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for relevant departments to boost security

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