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Israel unveils Roman-era mosaic discovered during construction project in central city

November
16
,
2015
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LOD, Israel — Israel's antiquities authority on Monday unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor that archaeologists found last year while building a visitors' centre meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the...

Iraqi Kurdish fighters take control of central Sinjar in offensive against IS militants

November
13
,
2015
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SINJAR, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdish militias battling to take back Sinjar from Islamic State militants raised a Kurdish flag in the centre of town and a top official said it was liberated Friday, though U.S. and Kurdish military officials urged...

Israeli official: Palestinian man shot and killed 2 Israelis as they were driving in West Bank

November
13
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — An Israeli official says a Palestinian shot and killed two Israelis as they were driving in the West Bank. Eli Bin of Israel's emergency services says a third Israeli was wounded in the attack on Friday afternoon. Israeli...

Saudi Arabia cracks case upon case of smuggled Heineken beer cans disguised as cans of Pepsi

November
13
,
2015
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Customs officials in Saudi Arabia say they've cracked a case — and then some — of smugglers trying to bring illicit cans of beer through the kingdom by disguising them as Pepsi. In a statement,...

Bahrain says 5 convicted of spying for Iran, terror charges have their citizenship revoked

November
6
,
2015
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MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain says five people convicted of terror charges and spying for Iran have had their citizenship revoked in the tiny island kingdom. The official Bahrain News Agency quoted Ahmed al-Hammadi, the country's general...

Afghan official: Woman, 22, stoned to death after being accused of adultery

November
4
,
2015
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KABUL — A 22-year-old Afghan woman was stoned to death by men identified as Taliban insurgents after she was accused of adultery, an Afghan official said Wednesday. The woman, identified only as Rokhshana, was forced to stand in a deep hole...

Iraq's Ahmad Chalabi, leading voice behind 2003 US-led invasion, dies of heart attack at 71

November
3
,
2015
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BAGHDAD — Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician who helped convince the Bush administration to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein in 2003 by pushing false allegations of weapons of mass destruction and links to al-Qaida, died...

Saudi FM says Assad's departure, Iran's role sticking points on Syria deal

October
31
,
2015
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MANAMA, Bahrain — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat says the timing of the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the withdrawal of foreign fighters remain the main sticking points to finding a lasting resolution to the civil war in...

2 writers and a publisher stabbed, shot in attack at publishing house in Bangladesh's capital

October
31
,
2015
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DHAKA, Bangladesh — Two writers and a publisher were stabbed and shot Saturday at a publishing house in Bangladesh's capital, police said. The attack in Dhaka comes amid fears about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh. At least four...

For first time, Iran to take a seat among world powers for Syria talks

October
29
,
2015
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BEIRUT — Iran takes part in international talks on Syria for the first time this week, giving it a voice in the effort to find a resolution to the more than 4-year-old civil war that has so far defied even the slightest progress toward peace....