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Turkish PM meets Iraq’s Kurdish leaders

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with leaders in Iraq’s Kurdistan capital of Erbil, his second stop in the violence-plagued country after Baghdad, as he continues the bond-building visit. In talks with the Kurdish region’s President Masoud Barazani on Friday, energy and military cooperation were discussed following a visit[…]

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Al Qaeda in Yemen denounces Islamic State

Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and its plans to further expand its area of control. The al-Qaida Yemeni offshoot’s purported spiritual guide, Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, says such expansionist intentions are “driving a wedge” among[…]

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Riots hit Hebron

Weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque went off without incident Friday despite high tensions in the Holy City, but stone-throwing Palestinians rioted in the West Bank city of Hebron. After Israeli authorities dropped aged restrictions for attending Friday prayers for the second week running, tens of thousands of[…]

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Egypt considers pardons for Al Jazeera staff

Egypt’s president has said the possibility of granting presidential pardons to Al Jazeera journalists jailed since last year is being considered. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in an interview on Thursday that the fate of three jailed Al Jazeera staff was “under study”. “If we find that this is appropriate for[…]

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Obama vows more ‘fair and just’ immigration to US

Pledging to fix America’s “broken” immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and drew unspecified pledges to counter it, Obama said nearly all undocumented[…]

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Jerusalem tense amid house demolitions

Israeli security forces have fired tear gas at protesters in occupied East Jerusalem as tensions remain high over home demolitions ordered by the Israeli prime minister after a deadly attack by two Palestinians on a synagogue earlier this week. Palestinian youths on Friday threw stones at lorries and cars waiting[…]

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Egypt arrests senior Brotherhood member

Egyptian authorities have arrested a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the latest crackdown on the outlawed group. Mohamed Ali Bishr was arrested at his home in the Nile Delta on Thursday on charges of calling for mass protests on November 28, state media said. Bishr, a veteran politician[…]

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Israel says rockets test-fired from Gaza

Israel’s military say fighters in the Gaza Strip have test-fired rockets into the Mediterranean Sea, just hours after the government approved the construction of 78 new homes in two settlements in the occupied West Bank. Four rockets were fired in the past 24 hours, the military said, without elaborating on[…]

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Race to meet Iran nuclear deal deadline

Iran and six world powers are trying to reach a nuclear deal in the Austrian capital Vienna, with just four days left to reach a deal. Experts say the talks have reached a crucial point as Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany –[…]

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FARC agree to release captured general

The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people. A joint statement from Cuba and Norway, who helped broker the deal, said the two sides agreed “on the conditions for the release” of Colombian[…]

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