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 Advancing Ukraine rebels appear to capture frontline town

Advancing Ukraine rebels appear to capture frontline town

(Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels appeared to be in full control on Wednesday of one of the towns that has been a principal target of their advance, as they attempt to surround a nearby garrison of Ukrainian forces. The apparent fall of the town of Vuhlehirsk would be a setback...

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Jordan’s King Abdullah vows ‘relentless’ war against Isis

Jordan’s King Abdullah vows ‘relentless’ war against Isis

(The Guardian)- Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed a relentless war against Islamic State on their own territory, a day after Isis released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive . “We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human...

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UAE stops airstrikes in anti-Islamic State coalition: U.S. officials

UAE stops airstrikes in anti-Islamic State coalition: U.S. officials

(Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn from flying air strikes in the U.S.-led international coalition campaign against Islamic State fighters, who are occupying parts of Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The officials, who spoke on condition of...

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German cabinet okays draft law to prevent jihadist recruitment

German cabinet okays draft law to prevent jihadist recruitment

(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved a draft law on Wednesday aimed at preventing radical German Muslims from travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight for or train with groups like Islamic State. It will also outlaw funding for recruits who try to travel to join...

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Gunmen storm Libyan oilfield, four workers believed killed

Gunmen storm Libyan oilfield, four workers believed killed

(Reuters) - Gunmen possibly linked to Islamist militants assaulted and seized control of a Libyan oilfield, killing and kidnapping several workers, Libyan and foreign officials said on Wednesday. A French diplomatic source in Paris said four local employees were believed to...

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Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic

Clerics denounce burning alive of pilot as un-Islamic

  (Reuters) - Muslim clerics widely denounced Islamist militants in Syria over the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot, saying such a form of killing was considered an abomination under Islam, no matter the justification. Islamic State militants released a video on...

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At least nine killed when TransAsia plane crashes into Taiwan river

At least nine killed when TransAsia plane crashes into Taiwan river

(Reuters) - At least nine people were killed and dozens were unaccounted for after a Taiwanese TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board crash-landed in a Taipei river on Wednesday, officials and domestic media said. Dramatic pictures taken by a motorist...

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Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

(Reuters) - Jordan executed by hanging on Wednesday a jailed Iraqi woman militant hours after Islamic State fighters released a video appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage, a security source and state television said. The militants had...

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Egypt could free jailed journalist Fahmy within hours: Al Jazeera

Egypt could free jailed journalist Fahmy within hours: Al Jazeera

(Reuters) - Egypt could free Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy within hours, Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera English reported on Tuesday. Fahmy's colleague, Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, was released on Sunday. A third journalist, Baher Mohamed, an...

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 Qatar says released Taliban detainees not back to militant activities

Qatar says released Taliban detainees not back to militant activities

(Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister on Monday denied reports that one of five high-level Taliban detainees transferred from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Qatar has attempted to re-engage in militant activity. "It's totally false," Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya said. "They...

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Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim

Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim

(Reuters) - The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Canadian academic William Schabas was...

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U.N. says peace talks to start in Libya within next few days

U.N. says peace talks to start in Libya within next few days

(Reuters) - Peace talks between Libya's warring factions and the two governments they back will start within days, a U.N. special envoy said on Monday, after efforts to bring together senior representatives from both sides in Geneva failed last month. Libya has been in...

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Rebels pound Ukrainian troops after peace talks fail

Rebels pound Ukrainian troops after peace talks fail

(Reuters) - Separatist rockets streaked across hills in eastern Ukraine on Monday as rebels pounded the positions of Ukrainian government troops holding a strategic rail town, while both sides prepared to mobilise more forces for combat. U.S. officials said Washington was...

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White House says Obama would veto House bill to repeal Obamacare

White House says Obama would veto House bill to repeal Obamacare

(Reuters) - The White House issued a veto threat on Monday for a bill from the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives bill that would repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

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Greek PM Tsipras rules out turning to Russia for aid

Greek PM Tsipras rules out turning to Russia for aid

(Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday said his left-wing government would make full use of a mandate for negotiations with European partners and ruled out seeking aid from  Russia . "We are in substantial negotiations with our partners in Europe and those...

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Al-Arab TV broadcast suspended within 24 hours of launch

Al-Arab TV broadcast suspended within 24 hours of launch

The new Bahrain-based Al-Arab satellite news channel – which is funded by Saudi business mogul Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal – has suspended its broadcast less than 24 hours after its launch. "The broadcast was suspended for technical and administrative reasons," the channel said on...

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Tunisian PM-designate proposes new coalition cabinet

Tunisian PM-designate proposes new coalition cabinet

(Reuters) - Tunisian prime minister-designate Habib Essid proposed a new coalition cabinet on Monday including secularists, Islamists and smaller parties, after politicians rejected a line-up announced last week as unrepresentative. The new ministers included members of secularist...

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Working with global community only way to fight terrorism: Japan PM

Working with global community only way to fight terrorism: Japan PM

(Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he wanted to debate the possibility of Japan's military rescuing Japanese citizens abroad, a day after Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a Japanese journalist. The militants said on Sunday they had beheaded...

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