Iraqi forces reclaim two key towns from ISIL

Iraqi forces have mounted their biggest operation since June, reclaiming two towns in the eastern province of Diyala from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. In the province’s south on Sunday, Iraqi troops and Shia militias retook the town of Sa’adiya and were moving towards nearby villages.[…]

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Outrage across US over Ferguson ruling

Thousands of people rallied in US cities including Los Angeles and New York to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd in suburban St.[…]

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Israel’s “Jewish State” bill stirs anger

A new bill that defines Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people has sparked criticism and seen as undermining the democratic character of the country, as well as fostering discrimination against Muslim and Christian minorities. If the Jewish homeland proposal becomes law, it would mean “the institutionalization of racism,[…]

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Tunisian poll seen heading for run-off

Tunisia’s presidential election is projected to proceed to a run-off slated for December 31 after no candidate garnered enough votes to secure outright victory in the first round, the latest polls indicate. Campaign teams of incumbent Mohamed Moncef Marzouki and leader of Nidaa Tounes party Beji Caid Essebsi both announced[…]

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Iran nuclear talks extended till July 2015

Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran’s atomic programme and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said. Iran and six powers – the US, China, Russia, Britain, France plus Germany[…]

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Tunisia elects new president in landmark poll

Voting was continuing Monday after Tunisians cast ballots in the country’s first presidential election since the overthrow of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a 2011 uprising. Official results are expected by Tuesday. Shortly after polls closed Sunday, aides of former prime minister Beji Caid Essibsi – whose[…]

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Brotherhood backs anti-Sisi protests

The blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday endorsed a proposed November 28 protest against Egypt’s “secular and military rule”, but did not say whether it will take part. Friday’s nationwide protest labelled “The Muslim Youth Uprising” has been called by the Salafi Front, a group that supports ousted president Mohamed Morsi.[…]

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