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Turkish spymaster Fidan resigns to contest general election: sources

Turkish spymaster Fidan resigns to contest general election: sources

(Reuters) - The head of Turkey's intelligence service, Hakan Fidan, one of President Tayyip Erdogan's closest confidants, has resigned to run in a parliamentary election in June, two senior Turkish officials said on Saturday. Fidan, who played a key role in trying to stop the...

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United Arab Emirates to rejoin air campaign against ISIS

United Arab Emirates to rejoin air campaign against ISIS

MUNICH (The NY Times)— The United Arab Emirates has informed the United States that it plans to resume its participation in the American-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group, a senior State Department official said Friday. One of the Arab allies in the military...

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New Tunisian PM promises growth, reform and new hope

New Tunisian PM promises growth, reform and new hope

(Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid promised quick reforms to stimulate growth as he took office on Friday at the head of a coalition government combining secular and Islamist parties.  Four years after toppling autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Aliand inspiring Arab...

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Egyptian military kills 27 militants in the Sinai

Egyptian military kills 27 militants in the Sinai

(Reuters) - Military air strikes killed 27 Islamic militants in Egypt's Northern Sinai on Friday in one of the biggest security operations in the region in months, security sources said. Apache helicopters targeted militants from the Sinai Province group, which pledges...

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 Jordan’s Queen Rania joins march for murdered pilot

Jordan’s Queen Rania joins march for murdered pilot

Queen Rania joined thousands of people who turned out after midday prayers in Jordan’s capital Friday to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State (IS) group. Wearing a black suit and a red-and-white checked keffiyeh over her shoulders, she mixed with the...

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Car bomber kills two, wounds around 20 in Libya's Benghazi: medics

Car bomber kills two, wounds around 20 in Libya's Benghazi: medics

(Reuters) - A car laden with explosives killed two people, as well as the driver, and wounded around 20 in Libya's second biggest city, Benghazi on Friday, medics and military officials said. The car exploded as it was being driven towards an army tank base and ammunitions...

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EU must agree on intercepting Skype to help stop returning militants: report

EU must agree on intercepting Skype to help stop returning militants: report

(Reuters) - EU member states must develop a common approach to lawfully intercept services such as Skype to stem the flow of European citizens returning from Syria radicalized and trained, the bloc's agency on judicial cooperation said. Since the Islamist attacks against...

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German, French leaders head for Moscow to press for Ukraine peace

German, French leaders head for Moscow to press for Ukraine peace

(Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France are expected to take peace proposals to Moscow on Friday on the second leg of a dramatic initiative to end a conflict in Ukraine that has killed more than 5,000 people and driven Russia-West relations to new lows. The coordinated trip...

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Most Yemeni parties agree presidential council to ease power struggle

Most Yemeni parties agree presidential council to ease power struggle

(Reuters) - Most Yemeni factions have agreed to set up an interim presidential council to manage the country for up to one year, negotiators said on Thursday, in a step to ease a power struggle that forced the president to step down two weeks ago. The dominant Houthi movement...

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Gaza militants condemn Egypt's branding of Hamas as terror group

Gaza militants condemn Egypt's branding of Hamas as terror group

(Reuters) - In a statement read by a masked gunman, 10 armed Palestinian factions jointly condemned on Thursday an Egyptian decision to list the military wing of the Islamist group Hamas as a terrorist organization. An Egyptian court last week banned the Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam...

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 Jordanian jets return after striking IS targets in Syria -sources

Jordanian jets return after striking IS targets in Syria -sources

(Reuters) - Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family below. Witnesses overheard the monarch telling the pilot's father the...

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 Libya stops flights to Europe after foreign partner pulls out

Libya stops flights to Europe after foreign partner pulls out

(Reuters) - Libya's only commercial flight link to mainland Europe was severed on Thursday when the state carrier said its foreign partner had pulled out of the country after a deadly attack last week on a Tripoli hotel. The carrier, Afriqiyah, had only just restarted the route...

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Tunisia approves secular-Islamist coalition government

Tunisia approves secular-Islamist coalition government

(Reuters) - Tunisia's parliament approved a coalition cabinet on Thursday including secularists, Islamists and smaller parties, in the latest step in its transition to full democracy following a 2011 uprising. Four years after its uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben...

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King of Jordan visits family of pilot murdered by ISIL

King of Jordan visits family of pilot murdered by ISIL

(Euronews)- The King of Jordan has visited the family of the captured pilot murdered by ISIL militants. King Abdullah II travelled to Karak, south of Amman, to present his condolences. He also promised the family of Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh that his death would...

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  Ghannouchi expects Saudi mediation in Egypt, Syria

Ghannouchi expects Saudi mediation in Egypt, Syria

Rachid Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia's Ennahda Islamist movement, predicted that the new leadership of Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia will adopt a mediatory role in Egypt and Syria. "I expect [new] King Salman bin Abdulaziz to lead reconciliation efforts in the region and...

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King won't take part in anti-ISIL strikes: Jordan

King won't take part in anti-ISIL strikes: Jordan

The Jordanian government denied on Thursday that King Abdullah II would personally take part in airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group. "Information disseminated over news and social media outlets about the king's participation in airstrikes...

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NATO official: alliance to beef up response force

NATO official: alliance to beef up response force

  BRUSSELS: NATO's is set to more than double the size of its Response Force in response to Russian actions in Ukraine and the challenge of Islamic extremism, the head of the military alliance announced Thursday. NATO secretary-general Jens...

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Pentagon nominee vows to resolve Jordan arms sales delays

Pentagon nominee vows to resolve Jordan arms sales delays

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama ' s nominee for defense secretary on Wednesday vowed to cut through "red tape" slowing U.S. arms deliveries to Jordan, which plans to step up its fight against Islamic State after the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. Ashton...

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