Turkey’s Erdogan Chastises U.S. Over Support for Syrian Kurds

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Feb 10 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington’s inability to grasp their true nature had turned the region into a “sea of blood”. Turkey should respond by implementing its own solution, he said, alluding to the creation… Continue reading Turkey’s Erdogan Chastises U.S. Over Support for Syrian Kurds

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Question U.S. Sailors, Dismiss Talk of Prompt Release

DUBAI, Jan 13 – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday it was interrogating 10 American sailors it had detained a day earlier, and dismissed talk of their prompt release. Iran detained the sailors who were aboard two U.S. navy boats in the Gulf in an incident that rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation… Continue reading Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Question U.S. Sailors, Dismiss Talk of Prompt Release

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Iran Holds 10 American Sailors; U.S. Expects Their Prompt Return

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, Jan 13 – Iran detained 10 U.S. sailors aboard two U.S. Navy boats in the Gulf on Tuesday in an incident that rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord with Tehran. Late on Tuesday, a U.S. defense official said plans were in place for Iran to return the… Continue reading Iran Holds 10 American Sailors; U.S. Expects Their Prompt Return

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Cruz Exits Republican Race, Leaves Himself A Path Forward

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 4 – U.S. Republican Ted Cruz carefully left the door open to a future run for president on Tuesday after a campaign that outlasted a long list of rivals but could not overcome the anti-establishment appeal of Donald Trump. Cruz, who still holds his U.S. Senate seat from Texas for another two years before facing re-election in… Continue reading Cruz Exits Republican Race, Leaves Himself A Path Forward

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Air France Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Kenya After Bomb Scare

NAIROBI, Dec 20 – An Air France flight from Mauritius diverted and made an emergency landing at Kenya’s port city of Mombasa after a suspicious device was found in a toilet, Kenya’s head of police and the airline said on Sunday. Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said on his Twitter account that the Boeing 777… Continue reading Air France Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Kenya After Bomb Scare

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Philippines Rejects Daesh’s Claim It Killed 100 Troops

MANILA, April 14  – The Philippines has dismissed as “purely propaganda” Daesh’s claim that its militants killed scores of government troops in ambushes and said there was no evidence directly linking southern Muslim rebels to the group. The Philippines has reported 46 people killed in battles this week between troops and rebels from a group… Continue reading Philippines Rejects Daesh’s Claim It Killed 100 Troops

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Australian Woman Kidnapped in Afghanistan’s Capital Kabul

KABUL, Nov 6 – An Australian working for a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Afghanistan was reported kidnapped in the capital Kabul on Saturday, officials said. “The Australian Embassy in Kabul is making urgent enquiries into reports an Australian has been kidnapped in Kabul,” a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra… Continue reading Australian Woman Kidnapped in Afghanistan’s Capital Kabul

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Turkey Arrests Novelist for Ties to Kurdish Militants: Media

ISTANBUL, Aug 20 – A Turkish court arrested prize-winning novelist Asli Erdogan on Friday over alleged links to Kurdish militants, the Haberturk newspaper reported, three days after she and two dozen more staff from the pro-Kurdish Ozgur Gundem newspaper were detained. Ozgur Gundem was closed by court order on Tuesday on grounds of spreading propaganda… Continue reading Turkey Arrests Novelist for Ties to Kurdish Militants: Media

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Barricades on the Beach: Beirut Residents Fight for Their Waterfront

Dec 5 – Construction of a new luxury resort on Beirut’s waterfront could enclose the city’s last free public beach, leaving only wealthy residents who can afford lofty daily fees to enjoy the Mediterranean shore. The battle for Ramlet al-Baida beach on the Lebanese capital’s highly developed shoreline is at the center of the latest conflict… Continue reading Barricades on the Beach: Beirut Residents Fight for Their Waterfront

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Syrian Army Edges Closer Towards Rebel Stronghold in Capital

AMMAN, Nov 1 – The Syrian army and its allies seized a strategic area in the besieged rebel-held eastern Ghouta area of Damascus, tightening their grip on the biggest insurgent stronghold near the capital. Rebels said the army stormed the town of Tel Kurdi on Sunday bringing them only a few kilometres from the city… Continue reading Syrian Army Edges Closer Towards Rebel Stronghold in Capital

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Tells Ahmadinejad Not to Run Again For President

DUBAI, Sept 26 – Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on Monday, effectively eliminating a major challenger to pragmatist incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Ahmadinejad had not announced any plans to run in the vote scheduled for May, but has made several… Continue reading Iran’s Supreme Leader Tells Ahmadinejad Not to Run Again For President

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Severe Malnutrition in Yemen

HODAIDA, Yemen, Oct 26 – The emaciated frame of 18-year-old Saida Ahmad Baghili lies on a hospital bed in the red sea port city of Hodaida, her suffering stark evidence of the malnutrition spread by Yemen‘s 19-month civil war. Baghili arrived at the Al Thawra hospital on Saturday. She is bed-ridden and unable to eat,… Continue reading Severe Malnutrition in Yemen

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Death of 7-year-old Jamila: Victim of a man-made catastrophe in Yemen

HODEIDAH, Yemen, May 3 – Eyes half open and sunken deep into their sockets, little Jamila Ali Abdu already looked half dead for most of her 12-day stay at the malnutrition ward ofYemen‘s Hodeidah hospital. Too weak to resist the march of disease and hunger in her war-battered country, the seven-year-old’s tiny frame was swathed… Continue reading Death of 7-year-old Jamila: Victim of a man-made catastrophe in Yemen

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Primark Ramps Up Efforts to Tackle Worker Exploitation in Turkey, Asia

LONDON, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – British budget fashion chain Primark has ramped up checks on the factories it uses in Turkey to ensure Syrian refugees are not exploited as part of a growing company policy to ensure its workers are fairly treated. Paul Lister, head of Primark’s ethical trading team, said the retailer… Continue reading Primark Ramps Up Efforts to Tackle Worker Exploitation in Turkey, Asia

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Syrian Militias Make Slight Progress in Attack on Daesh Stronghold of Raqqa

BEIRUT, Nov 7 – U.S-backed Syrian armed groups have captured a number of villages in the first days of an offensive to retake the city of Raqqa from Daesh militants, a war monitor and a Kurdish source said on Monday. The ground forces are being supported by airstrikes mounted by a U.S.-led coalition, the source… Continue reading Syrian Militias Make Slight Progress in Attack on Daesh Stronghold of Raqqa

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U.N. Syria Envoy Says Rebel City Idlib Risks Aleppo Fate If No Peace Talks

PARIS – U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned on Thursday that without a ceasefire or political agreement the rebel-stronghold of Idlib risked becoming a new Aleppo after the evacuation of thousands from the besieged city started. The operation to evacuate civilians and fighters from Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal… Continue reading U.N. Syria Envoy Says Rebel City Idlib Risks Aleppo Fate If No Peace Talks

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Cyprus Closer to Unification Says Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister

LONDON, Nov. 18 – Cyprus is closer than ever to ending a four-decade partition and its Turkish and Greek sides could agree the text of a deal by May followed by a referendum, the Turkish Cypriot official responsible for foreign relations said. The island’s Greek and Turkish communities have lived estranged since 1974, when Turkey… Continue reading Cyprus Closer to Unification Says Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister

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Iraqi Army Tries to Reach Site of Daesh Executions South of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Oct 27 – The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Daesh has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists’ last major city stronghold in Iraq. Eleven days into what is expected to… Continue reading Iraqi Army Tries to Reach Site of Daesh Executions South of Mosul

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Kurdish Women Fighters Battle Daesh With Machineguns and Songs

SAMAQA, Iraq, Nov 4- When Daesh insurgents fired mortar bombs at Iranian Kurdish women fighters holding a desert position in northern Iraq, the women first hit back by singing through loudspeakers. Then the women opened fire with machineguns. “We wanted to make them angry. To tell Daesh that we are not afraid,” said Mani Nasrallahpour, 21,… Continue reading Kurdish Women Fighters Battle Daesh With Machineguns and Songs

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Iran Sends Planes of Food to Qatar Amid Concerns of Shortages

LONDON, June 11 – Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country. Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food… Continue reading Iran Sends Planes of Food to Qatar Amid Concerns of Shortages

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Top Female Politicians Who Defied Saudi Arabia’s Dress Code

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Saudi Arabia sparked headlines for her defiance of the country’s dress code. Merkel was seen without the headscarf on an official visit to the conservative Kingdom, which requires women to cover their hair by law. However, Merkel is not the only one to have snubbed the law. Here are… Continue reading Top Female Politicians Who Defied Saudi Arabia’s Dress Code

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Where is Palestine?

Have you ever wondered where is Palestine?  Well you’re not alone people all over the world have gone to Google to find where Palestine is located, only to find more answers than questions.  Recently Google was at the center of a storm recently, after a group of Palestinian journalists claimed that the tech giant had… Continue reading Where is Palestine?

A Quarter of India’s Energy Demand Can Be Met with Renewable Energy

Increasing India’s renewables would save 12 times more than it costs Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 22 August 2017 — India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030, according to the findings of a report presented today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy… Continue reading A Quarter of India’s Energy Demand Can Be Met with Renewable Energy

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