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France Plans Coalition Meeting on Daesh, Says Group Retreating

PARIS, Jan 14 – Members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh will meet in Paris next week to reinforce efforts against the group, France’s defence minister said on Thursday, adding that the militants were clearly retreating in Iraq. France was the first country to join U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq. Since the Paris attacks by Daesh in November,

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Turkey Detains 3 Russians Suspected of Daesh Ties After Istanbul Bomb

ISTANBUL, Jan 13 – Turkish authorities detained three Russian nationals suspected of links with Daesh following a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul that killed 10 tourists, media reports said on Wednesday. A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed nine German and one Peruvian tourists on Tuesday in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet Square,

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Riyadh vs Tehran: What lies ahead?

The rift between Riyadh and Tehran is taking a toll on the region BY Dr. Adnan Mansour The severing of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran came against the backdrop of the tense and bloody events that have plagued the Arab world over the past years. That tension was reinforced by disagreement between Riyadh

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Syrian Opposition Casts Doubt on Peace Talks After Russian Bombing

By John Irish PARIS, Jan 11 – Syria’s opposition co-ordinator Riad Hijab accused Russia of killing dozens of children after a bombing raid on Monday and said such action meant the opposition could not negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 12 Syrian school children

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Russia’s Putin Says Syria Needs a New Constitution

By Denis Pinchuk and Denis Dyomkin MOSCOW, Jan 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind Syrian

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France: Syria, Russia Must End Operations Against Syrian Civilians

PARIS, Jan 11 – France’s foreign minister said on Monday Syria and Russia must stop what he called military operations against civilians and in particular put an end to suffering in the besieged city of Madaya just two weeks before peace talks are scheduled. Laurent Fabius said images coming out of Madaya, where aid agencies

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Russia’s Putin Wants Global Cooperation Against Terrorism

MOSCOW, Jan 11 – Russia wants to fight terrorism jointly with the rest of the world, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Monday, while again accusing the West of exacerbating international crises that had contributed to it. “We are faced with common threats, and we still want all countries, both in Europe

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Syrian Rebel Group Quits Islamist Alliance, To Refocus Fight

BEIRUT, Jan 3 – A Syrian insurgent group said on Sunday it was pulling out of a coalition of Islamist factions operating in the northwest of the country, in order to redeploy around Aleppo where pro-government forces have intensified assaults in recent months. Since Russia’s intervention in the Syria conflict in September with an air

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Gunman Opens Fire on Tourists in Dagestan

MOSCOW, Dec 30 – A gunman opened fire on a group of tourists visiting a historic fortress in Dagestan in southern Russia on Tuesday evening, killing one and injuring eleven, an official in the region’s health ministry said on Wednesday. “As a result of a gun attack 12 people were hurt, one of whom died,”

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Terrorism, Death and Bloodshed

RAISING A CANDLE:‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners in Nigeria marked the 500th day since the abduction of 270 girls from a school in Chibok in August 2014. Despite a government pledge to get them back, hopes for their rescue appear to dwindle.   Social Streams

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