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A Divided House

By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges

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Belgium Detains Five More Suspects in Raids Linked to Paris Attacks

BRUSSELS, Nov. 23 – Belgium has detained five more people following raids on Monday morning in the Brussels and Liege regions as it searches the country’s links to the Paris attacks, federal prosecutors said. The federal prosecutors’ office said it had carried out five raids in the Brussels area and two around the eastern city

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British PM to Discuss Strategy on Daesh in Parliament

PARIS, Nov 23 – British Prime Minister David Cameron said in Paris on Monday that he was convinced the UK should carry out military air strikes alongside France and other partners in Syria in an effort to defeat Daesh. “Later this week I will set out in parliament our comprehensive strategy for tackling Daesh,” Cameron

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Russia Says 11 Militants Who Smuggled Fighters Across Syria Killed

MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Russian security services have killed 11 Islamist militants who had been helping smuggle fighters across borders to Syria to join Daesh, the country’s anti-terrorism committee said. It said the militants were holed up in a fortified base in a wooded, mountainous area of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic in southern Russia, near

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Authorities Say No Explosives Found on Turkish Airlines Flight

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. The flight, originally bound for Istanbul from New York, has now safely departed,

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Turkish Airlines Diverts Flight to Canada After Bomb Threat

TORONTO, Nov. 22 – A Turkish Airlines flight bound for Turkey from New York was diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat, Canadian police said on Sunday. The plane landed safely and police were searching it using dogs trained in explosives, the Nova Scotia branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter.

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Facebook Activates “Safety Check” For Nigeria Blasts After Criticism

Nov. 18 – Facebook Inc activated its “Safety Check” feature after deadly blasts in Nigeria late on Tuesday following criticism from users that the social media network was being selective about deploying it. Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks. The

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Southeast Asia at Potential Risk of Daesh-Style Attacks

By Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 18 – Southeast Asia faces the threat of Daesh-inspired attacks designed to “glamorise terrorism”, a Malaysian minister said on Wednesday, voicing fears of battle-hardened fighters returning from Syria to launch Paris-style attacks. In September, Malaysian police thwarted a plot to detonate bombs in Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant tourist area of

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Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

Russian involvement in Syria welcomed by Hezbollah BY Nour Samaha “The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even

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