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FIFA Ethics Committee Bans Officials From Nepal, Laos

VIENNA, Nov. 16 – The ethics committee at world soccer body FIFA has banned two officials from Nepal and Laos for taking cash during elections, it said on Monday. Ganesh Thapa, president of the All-Nepal Football Association, was banned for 10 years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,870), while Viphet Sihachakr, president of the Laotian

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G20 Summit In Turkey Focuses On Syria, Daesh Militancy

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15  – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Daesh and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia’s Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will also urge President Vladimir Putin on

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Afghan Troops Defect To Taliban

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Nov. 14 – At least 65 Afghan soldiers have defected to the Taliban, taking their weapons and equipment with them and 88 have been killed in days of heavy fighting in the volatile southern province of Helmand, the local provincial Governor said on Saturday. The latest losses underline the heavy toll being

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Iraqi politician Chalabi’s Family Suspect Foul Play in His Death

By Suadad al-Salhy Tuesday’s death of Iraq’s most controversial politician, Ahmed Abdulhadi Al Chalabi, has raised concerns among his family who await the results of an autopsy as they believe he may have been murdered. A family member who declined to be identified told Newsweek Middle East that the family “has big doubts” about his cause of

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Standard and Poor’s Takes Negative Ratings Action Against 8 Saudi Banks

By Staff Writer Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services took negative rating actions on eight Saudi banks, citing increased economic risks as the main reason. The ratings agency, which has recently lowered the Kingdom’s ratings to ‘A+/A-1’, said the sharp drop in oil prices and the resulting negative swing in Saudi Arabia’s fiscal balance “will weaken

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Yemen: Girls With Guns

Female university students join the resistance BY Nasser Al Sakkaf By most measures, Amal Al Wafi is like most college students. She wakes each morning at 7, boards the bus and studies hard to earn her administration degree at Taiz University, hoping it will earn her a position as a manager someday. But since renewed

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Israel’s “Infiltrators”: African Refugees At Risk

Israel’s treatment of Africans is nothing short of criminal By Gideon Levy Haftom Zarhum, a 29-year-old Eritrean, needed to renew his work visa. As an asylum seeker who had come to Israel through Egypt from his home country, he was one of the more fortunate of his compatriots as he had a job in Israel.

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The Cost Of War

Health needs in conflict zones must be addressed BY Dr. Ala Alwan www.twitter.com/WHOEMRO Prior to the current conflict in Syria, immunization rates in the country were among the highest in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. More than 90 percent of Syrian children were vaccinated against diseases like measles and polio and there was no incident of

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Polls Open in Turkey; Erdogan Hopes for Majority

Divided Turkey holds snap elections amid rising security and economic fears BY Staff Reporter  ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Nov 1): Turks began casting their votes on Sunday against a backdrop of economic and security concerns. The vote comes after failure to create a coalition government following June elections. The parliamentary elections–that were suddenly called–are set to decide the fate of the

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The Loss of Yemen

The Tragic state of a Great Nation  By Tamara Khamis Once known as the Arabia Felix, Yemen has now been reduced to a place of regional armed conflict, rebel fighting and destruction. The relatively vibrant life that once filled the streets of the capital has been replaced with fear, violence and an eerie silence. The

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