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Accusations growing against Russia over civilian killings, use of banned munitions in Syria

December
23
,
2015
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BEIRUT — The three missiles fired on a public market in the northern Syrian town of Ariha took the morning shoppers by surprise. In a few moments, the main street, packed with people buying and selling fruit and vegetables, turned into a scene...

Afghan minister: Reinforcements rushed to southern district under Taliban attack

December
23
,
2015
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KABUL — Afghanistan's acting defence minister says reinforcements have been rushed to a besieged southern district threatened for days with takeover by Taliban fighters. Masoom Stanekzai said on Wednesday fighting in the Sangin district...

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli suspected of tax evasion, barred from leaving country

December
17
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — Israel's tax authority said Thursday that international supermodel Bar Refaeli and her mother are suspected of tax evasion for allegedly not reporting millions of dollars in income earned abroad and on luxury items. The...

Turkey's Erdogan signals possible warming of ties with Israel

December
14
,
2015
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signalled a possible warming of relations with Israel, saying in comments published Monday that the entire region would benefit from the normalization of ties. Relations between...

Yemeni security officials say ground fighting raging on in the country ahead of ceasefire

December
14
,
2015
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SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security officials say heavy fighting is underway between the country's internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels, hours ahead of the start of an agreed-on, weeklong truce. The officials say there are...

Kerry says Syrian ceasefire could lead to IS' defeat in 'months'; ground forces needed, too

December
3
,
2015
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BELGRADE, Serbia — The Islamic State can be defeated within "months" of a ceasefire between Syria's government and moderate rebels, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, urging the world to come together behind a...

US-led coalition targets oil facilities controlled by Islamic State group in eastern Syria

December
3
,
2015
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LONDON — British Tornado jets struck oil fields in eastern Syria on Thursday that help finance the Islamic State group and Germany prepared to send reconnaissance aircraft to the Middle East as coalition forces stepped up efforts to fight the...

Israeli military shoots and kills Palestinian it says tried to stab pedestrian in West Bank

December
1
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it has shot and killed a Palestinian who was trying to stab an Israeli pedestrian at a busy West Bank junction. Another Israeli who was nearby was lightly wounded in the shooting. The attack is the...

Israel convicts 2 minors in 2014 killing of Palestinian teen; delays verdict for chief suspect

November
30
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem court on Monday convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy whose slaying played into a chain of events that led to last year's Gaza war. The court at the same time delayed...

Islamic State group affiliate claims attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh that left 1 dead

November
27
,
2015
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NEW DELHI — An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others. A statement posted on IS-affiliated Twitter accounts...