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Pakistani PM on trip to mediate Saudi-Iran tensions

January
18
,
2016
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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif have flown to Riyadh to try and mediate the ongoing dispute between archrivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Pakistani state television showed footage Monday...

Western Europe Jewish migration to Israel hits all-time high

January
14
,
2016
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JERUSALEM — Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading non-profit group said Thursday, as France's beleaguered Jewish community grapples with...

NewsAlert:Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks on Twitter

January
14
,
2016
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Islamic State group claims responsibility for Jakarta attacks in postings on Twitter accounts. More coming The Associated Press...

PM says Turkish artillery hit IS positions in Iraq, Syria

January
14
,
2016
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish tanks and artillery have attacked Islamic State group positions in Iraq and in Syria in retaliation for the suicide bombing in Istanbul which killed 10 tourists, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday. ...

Israel's Shimon Peres suffers 'mild' heart attack

January
14
,
2016
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JERUSALEM — Israel's 92-year-old former President Shimon Peres suffered a "mild" heart attack Thursday but was in "excellent" condition following a heart procedure, his personal physician said. Peres was rushed to a...

Suicide attack on polio centre kills 15 in southwestern Pakistan

January
13
,
2016
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QUETTA, Pakistan — A suicide attack on a polio vaccination centre in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers, who have been repeatedly targeted in recent years by Islamic...

Israeli military carries out a rare airstrike in Gaza

January
13
,
2016
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GAZA, Palestinian Territory — The Israeli military carried out a rare airstrike in Gaza on Wednesday, targeting a group of Palestinian militants placing explosives along the border and killing one of them, Israeli and Palestinian officials...

Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US are sitting down to craft a roadmap for Afghan peace

January
11
,
2016
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ISLAMABAD — A key gathering was underway Monday in Islamabad with four countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States — hoping to lay the roadmap to peace for the war-shattered Afghan nation. The meeting comes as...

Yemen's Islamic State-linked militants say they have killed a senior security officer in the southern port city of Aden

January
11
,
2016
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CAIRO — Yemen's Islamic State-linked militants say they have killed a senior security officer in the southern port city of Aden. The militants on Monday said in an online statement that they killed Col. Ali Saleh al-Yafie and posted...

Health of Palestinian journalist on 48th day of hunger strike in Israeli jail deteriorating

January
11
,
2016
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RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory — The condition of a Palestinian journalist on a 48-day hunger strike in an Israeli jail is deteriorating, the man's wife and a Palestinian official said Monday. Mohammed al-Qeq is protesting his...