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Syrian troops launch fresh offensive in central province of Homs

October
15
,
2015
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DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces launched an offensive Thursday in the central province of Homs under the cover of Russian airstrikes in an attempt to clear the central region of militants and open the highway between Syria's...

Baher Mohammed, last of 3 convicted Al-Jazeera journalists to leave Egypt, visits Qatar

October
14
,
2015
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The last of three Al-Jazeera English journalists who had been imprisoned in Egypt has left the country and arrived in Qatar, where the network is based. Al-Jazeera spokesman Hasan Salim Patel confirmed Baher...

Police: Suicide bombing targeting ruling party lawmaker kills 7 in central Pakistan

October
14
,
2015
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MULTAN, Pakistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up at the election office of a ruling party lawmaker, killing seven people and wounding nine others in central Pakistan on Wednesday, police said. Amjad Khosa wasn't present at his...

Israeli military begins deploying troops in cities to help police counter wave of attacks

October
14
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli military began deploying hundreds of troops in Israeli cities Wednesday to assist police forces in countering a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have created panic across the country. The...

Iran lawmakers vote to implement nuclear deal with world powers, signalling it will be honoured

October
13
,
2015
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. The bill will be...

Russia defends its military action in Syria, sees 'eye-to-eye' with US on terrorist targets

October
1
,
2015
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MOSCOW — As Russian warplanes carried out a second wave of airstrikes Thursday in Syria, Moscow defended its military involvement against Western criticism of its intentions, saying it sees "eye-to-eye" with the U.S.-led coalition...

Palestinians clash with Israeli riot police at Jerusalem holy site on major Jewish holiday

September
28
,
2015
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JERUSALEM — Palestinians clashed with Israeli riot police after barricading themselves inside a mosque at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, throwing firebombs and rocks at officers outside during a major Jewish holiday on Monday. ...

Taliban attack on Pakistani base kills 20, including 16 worshippers gunned down inside mosque

September
18
,
2015
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A brazen Taliban attack on a Pakistani military base on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 20 people on Friday, including 16 worshippers who were gunned down when the militants stormed a mosque...

Egypt court issues full ruling on Al-Jazeera English reporters sentenced to 3 years in prison

September
6
,
2015
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CAIRO — An Egyptian court has released the detailed ruling on why it sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison for airing what it described as "false news," a case long criticized by press freedom...

Afghan government accused of failing to protect lucrative mining sector from graft, conflict

September
6
,
2015
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KABUL — Two anti-corruption organizations on Sunday accused Afghanistan's government of failing to take action to protect its vital mining sector from graft and conflict. Global Witness and Integrity Watch Afghanistan said President...