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Israel rejects book about love affair between Jew and Arab from high school curriculum

December
31
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — Israel has refused to include a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man in the country's high school curriculum, reportedly over concerns that it could encourage intermarriage between Jews and...

Syrian troops retake southern base from insurgents after heavy fighting

December
29
,
2015
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BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies retook a key southern military base after heavy fighting with rebels and an al-Qaida affiliate on Tuesday, government and opposition activists said. The base of Brigade 82 in the town of...

Officials: Pakistan detains 13 alleged Islamic State supporters, seizes weapons

December
29
,
2015
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MULTAN, Pakistan — Two Pakistani counterterrorism officials say authorities have detained 13 local militants who were trying to set up an Islamic State affiliate. The officials said Tuesday the men were captured this week during a raid in...

Iraqi prime minister tours Ramadi to hail city's liberation, day after troops routed IS

December
29
,
2015
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BAGHDAD — A triumphant Iraqi prime minister on Tuesday toured the western city of Ramadi, just a day after government troops routed Islamic State militants from the area and recaptured a key government complex. Iraqi state TV reported that...

Israel's Supreme Court reduces sentence for ex-Premier Olmert from 6 years to 18 months

December
29
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday reduced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence for a sweeping bribery scandal from six years to 18 months, handing him a moral victory even as he prepares to become the first...

Suicide blast near government office in northwestern Pakistan kills 22 people, wounds 45

December
29
,
2015
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in a northwestern Pakistani city on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 45. A breakaway Taliban group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack....

Afghan police refuse to return to streets in district attacked by Taliban, official says

December
29
,
2015
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Afghan police are refusing to return to the streets of a volatile southern district under Taliban attack, claiming that promised government help has not yet arrived, an Afghan official said Tuesday. According to...

Islamic State releases new audio with leader al-Baghdadi saying his 'caliphate' is doing well

December
26
,
2015
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BEIRUT — The Islamic State group on Saturday released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, claiming that his self-styled "caliphate" is doing well despite an unprecedented alliance against it and criticizing the...

Overnight hospital fire in southern Saudi Arabia kills at least 31, injures over 100

December
24
,
2015
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An overnight fire at a hospital in the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan killed at least 31 people and injured over 100, the Saudi government said Thursday. The cause of the blaze, which broke out in the early...

Islamic State group seizes district in contested eastern city from Syrian troops

December
24
,
2015
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BEIRUT — The Islamic State group seized a district previously held by Syrian government forces in the city of Deir el-Zour, expanding its presence in the contested region following heavy clashes with troops holed up inside, the extremist group...