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Obama denounces 'brutal and outrageous' Chapel Hill murders

Obama denounces 'brutal and outrageous' Chapel Hill murders

President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the “brutal and outrageous murders” of three Muslim-Americans in the U.S. state of North Carolina. “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they...

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Palestinian schoolgirl freed after six weeks in Israeli jail

Palestinian schoolgirl freed after six weeks in Israeli jail

(AFP)- Israel released on Friday a 14-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl, whose jailing six weeks ago for planning to attack Israelis became a focus for anger over the arrest of children in the occupied territories. An AFP photographer in the West Bank town of Tulkarem said Malak...

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Bomb blast hits Turkish checkpoint near Syrian border, three hurt: sources

Bomb blast hits Turkish checkpoint near Syrian border, three hurt: sources

(Reuters) - A bomb detonated by remote control rocked an area near a Turkish police checkpoint close to the Syrian border on Friday, wounding three people, security sources said, the latest in a series of bombings to hit Turkey this year. The sources told Reuters the...

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 Germany, Italy close embassies in Yemen due to security fears

Germany, Italy close embassies in Yemen due to security fears

(Reuters) - Germany and Italy have closed their embassies in Yemen, following other Western states worried about security as the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia tightens its grip on power. A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Berlin shut down its mission on Thursday and staff...

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Greece, Troika start talks on common reform ground

Greece, Troika start talks on common reform ground

  Greece and its international creditors started talks on Friday on reforms needed to keep the country financed, increasing the possibility of a interim compromise deal between the euro zone and Athens at a ministerial meeting on Monday. The talks between euro zone...

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FBI launches new investigation into Chapel Hill killings

FBI launches new investigation into Chapel Hill killings

  RALEIGH — As thousands of mourners prayed for the three Muslim-American students killed in Chapel Hill this week, the FBI opened its own investigation into the case Thursday. In a brief news release late in the day, the FBI said it had...

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IMF to provide $17.5bn for Ukraine over four years

IMF to provide $17.5bn for Ukraine over four years

The International Monetary Fund will provide Ukraine with $17.5 billion in funding over the next four years, Managing Director  Christine Lagarde said in Brussels on Thursday. The $17.5 billion IMF package along with additional resources from the international...

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'Glimmer of hope' for Ukraine after deal at Minsk peace summit

'Glimmer of hope' for Ukraine after deal at Minsk peace summit

(Reuters) - Germany , France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal that offers a "glimmer of hope" for an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine after marathon overnight talks. But big hurdles remained on the path to peace and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the sponsors of the...

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Egypt court releases Jazeera journalists pending trial

Egypt court releases Jazeera journalists pending trial

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of two journalists from Qatar's Al Jazeera television network at the first session of a retrial in which they face charges of "abetting terrorists" and "broadcasting false news. " The Cairo Criminal Court ordered that...

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  Girls' school set ablaze in Afghanistan

Girls' school set ablaze in Afghanistan

Unidentified militants set ablaze a girls’ school in Afghanistan`s eastern Kunar province Tuesday night, police said. According to Daoud Barakzai, an officer at the provincial police department, militants broke into a school in Sawan, a remote village of Dangam district,...

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Iraq: ISIL executes senior army officers in Mosul

Iraq: ISIL executes senior army officers in Mosul

(Anadolu News Agency)- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants killed five senior Iraqi army officers by firing squad in western Mosul, security sources said Wednesday. The sources did not disclose any further information as to why the officers...

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Myanmar: Nationalist Buddhists protest new referendum law

Myanmar: Nationalist Buddhists protest new referendum law

 Hundreds of nationalist Buddhists took to the streets of Yangon on Wednesday to protest a government decision that could allow Rohingya Muslims to vote in a constitutional referendum. The Arakan Youth Organisation and the Myanmar National Network...

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  Eight people killed, 28 injured in Baghdad attacks

Eight people killed, 28 injured in Baghdad attacks

Eight people were killed and at least 28 others were injured in attacks across the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said. "Five people were killed and 13 others were injured in mortar strikes at residential areas in al-Shu’ala district in northwestern...

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Gunman kills 3 Muslims near North Carolina university

Gunman kills 3 Muslims near North Carolina university

A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on social media was charged with killing three Muslim students near the University of North Carolina in what police said on Wednesday was an ongoing dispute over parking. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, was arrested and...

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Thousands protest against Houthi rule in Yemen after embassies close

Thousands protest against Houthi rule in Yemen after embassies close

(Reuters) - Yemenis in the capital Sanaa and the central city of Taiz held the largest protests yet against a takeover by a Shi'ite Muslim militia group on Wednesday after the United States, Britain and France shut their embassies over security fears. Hundreds massed in the...

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Obama proposes war authorization against Islamic State

Obama proposes war authorization against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants, offering a draft resolution that says the Islamic State "poses a grave threat." The president is sending Congress a proposed three-page authorization for military...

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Jon Stewart leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show'

(Reuters) - Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, will leave his job as host of Comedy Central's parody newscast "The Daily Show" later this year, he told his studio audience at the end of Tuesday night's episode. Stewart,...

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 Britain withdraws embassy staff from Yemen over security concerns

Britain withdraws embassy staff from Yemen over security concerns

(Reuters) - Britain has withdrawn staff from its embassy in Yemen and temporarily suspended operations there over security concerns, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday, a day after the United States shut its embassy. "The security situation in Yemen has continued to...

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