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Six Guantanamo prisoners, including 4 Syrians, fly to Uruguay for resettlement

Six Guantanamo prisoners, including 4 Syrians, fly to Uruguay for resettlement

(Reuters) - Six men held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba , were flown to Uruguay for resettlement on Sunday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by President Barack Obama's administration to close the facility. The release of four...

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North Korea says its supporters may be behind Sony attack

North Korea says its supporters may be behind Sony attack

(Reuters) - The Pyongyang government's state-run media said the cyber attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may have been the work of pro-North Korean supporters in a report on Sunday that dismissed charges that the country itself was to blame as "wild rumor." "The hacking into...

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NYC braced for more protests over police violence after West Coast clashes

NYC braced for more protests over police violence after West Coast clashes

(Reuters) - A fifth day of nationwide protests against police violence was set to begin on Sunday after overnight clashes in two West Coast cities as New York's police commissioner said an internal investigation into a chokehold death could last four months. After a relatively...

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Annual commemoration for Sufi mystic begins in Turkey

Annual commemoration for Sufi mystic begins in Turkey

Commemorations marking the death of a 13th-century Sufi mystic began Sunday in the central Anatolian city of Konya, where he is buried.  The ceremony, also known as "Seb-i Arus" or reunion with the Beloved, celebrating the 741st anniversary of the death...

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Seventy Ethiopian migrants drown off Red Sea coast of Yemen

Seventy Ethiopian migrants drown off Red Sea coast of Yemen

(Reuters) - At least 70 Ethiopians drowned when a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security authorities in the western part of the country said on Sunday. Human traffickers often use unseaworthy boats to smuggle...

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Iran to hike military spending despite lower oil prices, sanctions

Iran to hike military spending despite lower oil prices, sanctions

(Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will hike military spending by more than a third in the next fiscal year despite presenting a “cautious, tight” budget to parliament on Sunday in response to falling oil prices and punishing sanctions arising from the country’s...

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At least 13 killed in failed U.S. bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

At least 13 killed in failed U.S. bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

(Reuters) - A woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among at least 11 people killed alongside two Western hostages when U.S.-led forces battled militants in a failed rescue mission in Yemen , residents said on Sunday. U.S. special forces raided the village...

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EU to seek more Turkish help in Islamic State fight

EU to seek more Turkish help in Islamic State fight

(Reuters) - The European Union will press Turkey to cooperate more closely in the fight against Islamic State and urge it not to undermine EU sanctions on Russia on a visit this week intended to give new impetus to often fraught EU-Turkish relations. EU foreign policy chief...

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Back from jihad, Jordanians pick up their lives

Back from jihad, Jordanians pick up their lives

MAAN, Jordan (AP) — The three young Jordanians didn't start out as extremists. They grew up in mainstream Muslim families. But they grew increasingly angry at what they felt were Western injustices against Muslims — and decided to join the jihad in Syria and Yemen. Now they...

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Egypt court sentences seven jihadists to death in Sinai case

Egypt court sentences seven jihadists to death in Sinai case

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven men, including prominent Islamist militant Adel Habara, over the killing of 25 policemen last year in an attack near the border with Israel , judicial sources said on Saturday. The attack took place in August 2013...

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Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

A Moroccan man who admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for the attack that killed the imam. Rachid El-Boukhari, 35, had denied intending to kill the preacher at the main...

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Italy: 18 migrants die in a raft at sea, 76 rescued

Italy: 18 migrants die in a raft at sea, 76 rescued

At least 18 people died and 76 others were rescued Friday when an Italian coast guard discovered a raft packed with illegal migrants 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the coast of Lampedusa, officials said. One survivor remains in critical condition. “We mourn these...

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Obama taps ex-defense official as new defense secretary

Obama taps ex-defense official as new defense secretary

President Barack Obama on Friday officially named former deputy defense secretary Ashton Carter as his pick to lead the U.S. military. Obama said Carter is “rightly regarded as one of our nation’s foremost national security leaders” during an...

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Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra says it killed Lebanese soldier

Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra says it killed Lebanese soldier

  BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's al Qaeda offshoot Nusra said on Friday it killed a captive Lebanese soldier in retaliation for the arrest by Lebanese authorities of women identified as wives of Islamist militants. The soldier was one of more than...

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Tunisia's 3rd largest parliamentary bloc to back Essebsi

Tunisia's 3rd largest parliamentary bloc to back Essebsi

Tunisia's Free Patriotic Union party – which has the third largest bloc in parliament – has said it would throw its weight behind presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party in a runoff vote slated for late December. "We call on supporters to vote for...

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Turkey bans entry to more than 7,000 foreign fighters

Turkey bans entry to more than 7,000 foreign fighters

More than 7,000 suspected foreign fighters travelling to Iraq and Syria have been banned from entering Turkey, the country's Foreign Minister has announced. Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came on Friday as counter-terrorism methods took center stage on the final day...

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Belgium to recognize Palestine statehood

Belgium to recognize Palestine statehood

Belgium’s main political parties are reportedly working on a resolution to recognize Palestine as a state, a Belgian daily reported Wednesday. Le Soir reported that Belgium’s coalition government reached an agreement earlier this week. The Belgian parliament will reportedly...

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Clashes in Chechen capital Grozny kill 19

Clashes in Chechen capital Grozny kill 19

At least 19 people, including 10 police officers and nine militants, were killed and 28 others injured in clashes in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s autonomous Republic of  Chechnya Thursday, an official statement said on Thursday.   According to...

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