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13 hrs ago | Norwalk Citizen News

Verdict postponed on Saudi Shiite cleric

In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 file photo, a Saudi anti-government protester carries a poster with the image of jailed Shiite cleric Sheik Nimr al-Nimr during the funeral of three Shiite Muslims allegedly killed by Saudi security forces in the eastern town of al-Awamiya, Saudi Arabia.


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17 hrs ago | KMIR 6

Legislator: 53 Turkish families joined IS

A Turkish opposition legislator said Tuesday that at least 53 Turkish families - some with children - had crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State group in the past week alone and accused Turkey's government of doing little to stem the flow. Comments by Atilla Kart, a member of main opposition Republican People's Party, came hours after Turkey's new prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, strongly rejected Western media reports that said many Turks were swelling the ranks of the jihadi group.


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21 hrs ago |

Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country. Control over the two powerful security portfolios has long been a source of tension among Iraq's feuding political factions, and the failure to agree on the candidates marked the latest in a series of delays in forming a unified government that can confront the Islamic State extremist group.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, United Arab Emirates, Canada

23 hrs ago | New York Post

Dempsey hints at ground troops if US attacks on ISIS fail

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept.


Related Topix: US News, Iraq, World News, Terrorism, US Politics, Senator Jim Inhofe, US Senate,

Yesterday | Click2Houston

500 migrants feared dead in boat sinking

Witnesses say as many as 500 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea when their boat was intentionally sunk by people traffickers, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. Two survivors interviewed by the IOM and Italian police in Sicily said the traffickers became enraged and rammed the overcrowded boat after the migrants refused to move to a smaller vessel.


Related Topix: Israel, World News

Yesterday | Cybercast News Service

West Bank settler group boasts rapid growth

The main organization representing West Bank settlers says the population of Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank experienced strong growth during the first half of this year. Dani Dayan, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha council, says the figures are a sign that the settler population is "a thriving community that is here to stay."


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Yesterday | WAFF-TV Huntsville

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected U.S. airstrikes against the militants, activists said. It was not immediately clear whether the plane that slammed into the northeastern city of Raqqa was hit by anti-aircraft fire or experienced a technical failure, according to an activist based in the city and the Britain-based Observatory.


Related Topix: Syria, World News, Activism

Yesterday | KTVN Reno

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

13, 2014 photo, Palestinians wait for fishermen to unload their catch so they can buy fish at the sea port of Gaza City, Gaza Strip. . In this Saturday, Sept.


Related Topix: World News, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Wedding

Yesterday | Ashland Times-Gazette

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

In Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, the Islamic State militants decree a ban on art and music among other classroom prohibitions. Along the corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the hurricane damages homes and businesses, shatters countless windows, and topples trees and power poles.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Ruling over Iraqi civilian's death

Human rights judges will rule today whether British armed forces unlawfully arrested and detained an Iraqi civilian who was found dead four months after his release. Tarek Hassan was arrested as a prisoner of war by British armed forces in April 2003 and held at Camp Bucca in Iraq, close to Um Qasr.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News

Athens Banner-Herald

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.


Related Topix: World News, Qatar, Prison, US Military Prisons, Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp

The Times of Israel

Mystery airstrikes target Libyan Islamist militias

Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes on Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said. A series of mysterious airstrikes, which US officials have previously said were carried out by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, have reinforced the perception that Libya has become a proxy battleground for larger regional struggles - with Turkey and Qatar backing the Islamist militias and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE supporting their opponents.


Related Topix: World News, Africa, Libya, United Arab Emirates, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Muammar Gaddafi (Gadhafi), Muslim Brotherhood

Washington Examiner

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Home Schooling, Education,

Israel court: Olmert to remain free pending appeal-Image1

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. Court spokeswoman Shirli Koren said the decision allows Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, to remain free until a ruling on his appeal is made.


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KCRA-TV Sacramento

UN force leaving Syrian-controlled Golan

U.N. forces began withdrawing Monday from the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, a U.N. source in Jerusalem confirmed after a CNN stringer saw dozens of peacekeeping vehicles crossing into territory controlled by Israel. The withdrawal, also confirmed by a U.N. military police officer on the scene, comes a little more than two weeks after Islamic militant fighters took some peacekeepers hostage and besieged others.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Autos


Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

11, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is shown. . FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune

U.S. official: Arab countries offer to launch airstrikes on Islamic State

Paris a Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group - minus two of the main players and without any ground troops - in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressuring allies ahead of a conference Monday to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations, saying nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria.


Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Religion, Islam,


Muslim Brotherhood: Qatar asked us to go

Several top members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been asked to leave Qatar, an Egyptian leader of the group said Sunday. The apparent sudden push from Qatar comes amid longstanding pressure against the Brotherhood in the region, which began with its ouster from authority in Egypt several years ago.


Related Topix: Qatar, World News, Muslim Brotherhood

The Daily Star

Syrian opposition to revamp forces on the ground

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: The head of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition movement is seeking support in the United Arab Emirates for the group's war-battered rebel fighters. The Free Syrian Army has been marred by defections and divisions.


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Paradise Post

Egypt: Qatar ordered Islamists out within 2 months

Egypt's Interior Minister says authorities will hunt down exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders with the help of Interpol, after Qatar ordered leaders there to leave despite initially hosting them following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Mohammed Ibrahim said Sunday that Qatari authorities gave the Brotherhood leaders one month to leave.

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