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39 min ago | 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."


Related Topix: Israel, World News

39 min ago | 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

3 hrs ago | 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

7 hrs ago | 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.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Ehud Olmert

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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Related Topix: World News, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, Santa Clara County, CA, Los Gatos, CA

The Times of Israel

Islamic State called richest terror group of all time

The Islamic State organization, which once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, has become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to US intelligence officials and private experts. The extremist group's resources exceed that "of any other terrorist group in history," said a US intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified assessments.

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Related Topix: Prison, Terrorism, Iraq, World News, National Defense University, Qatar

The Times of Israel

Turkey seeks behind-the-scenes role in NATO coalition

Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. Instead it has told allies that it will stay quietly behind the scenes, keeping its soldiers out of combat operations and even declining to allow NATO to use its bases or territories to launch air attacks.


Related Topix: Turkey, World News, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Iraq

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Cybercast News Service

Gaza children return to school after war

Some half million Gaza children are making a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza Education Ministry official Ziad Thabet says Sunday's opening - delayed two weeks - involves 230,000 1st to 12th graders attending public schools, 200,000 going to United Nations-run schools and tens of thousands enrolled in private institutions.


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Video purports to show British aid worker slain

BEIRUT Islamic State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year. The video emerged a day after the family of Haines issued a public plea late Friday urging his captors to contact them.


Related Topix: Lebanon, World News


Yemen troops clash with Shiite rebels in capital

Yemeni troops on Saturday clashed with Shiite rebels who have been demonstrating in the capital for weeks demanding the resignation of the government, throwing a deal to end the standoff into question and raising fears of a wider conflict, AP reported. The clashes broke out in a northwestern district of the capital Sanaa near a state TV building, when troops stopped a rebel truck loaded with weapons, military officials said, adding that there were no casualties.


Related Topix: Yemen, World News