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Kurd rebels claim to have killed 7 Iranian soldiers

Kurd rebels claim to have killed 7 Iranian soldiers

  Kurdish rebels based in north Iraq Monday claimed to have killed seven Iranian soldiers in clashes last week near the Islamic republic's border with Iraqi Kurdistan.   "Iranian forces...attacked and swept the area near Sardasht," the PJAK said in a...

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Pakistan's Musharraf charged with murder of Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan's Musharraf charged with murder of Benazir Bhutto

    A court in Pakistan charged former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday with the 2007 murder of Benazir Bhutto in an unprecedented move likely to anger the all-powerful army. The indictment of the army chief who seized power in a 1999...

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Norway PM Jens Stoltenberg works as secret taxi driver

Norway PM Jens Stoltenberg works as secret taxi driver

Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg spent an afternoon working incognito as a taxi driver in Oslo, he has revealed. Mr Stoltenberg said he had wanted to hear from real Norwegian voters and that taxis were one of the few places where people shared their true views. He...

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Pakistan Taliban say no shift to Syria

Pakistan Taliban say no shift to Syria

Pakistani Taliban commanders Tuesday rejected suggestions they were sending fighters to Syria, saying some have gone there independently but the movement's focus remained in Pakistan, according to AFP. They said some militants, mainly Arabs and Central Asians, had gone to fight the forces of...

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China state media blames Syria government, rebel forces for Xinjiang violence

China state media blames Syria government, rebel forces for Xinjiang violence

 Chinese state media blamed Syrian government and opposition forces on Monday, in unusually specific finger pointing, for training Muslim extremists responsible for the deadliest unrest in four years in China's far-western region of Xinjiang. China  has traditionally blamed...

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Iranian Kurdish Struggle Linked to Turkey, Syria

Iranian Kurdish Struggle Linked to Turkey, Syria

On June 6, near the northwestern border of Iran, Yusuf Hamzelu, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported. He was buried in Zandan on June 10. However, the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan...

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Goodbye Ahmadinejad: Remembering the gaffes and diplomatic blunders

Goodbye Ahmadinejad: Remembering the gaffes and diplomatic blunders

What makes Ahmadinejad smile? What’s behind Ahmadinejad’s smile? How much does Ahmadinejad’s famed white jacket cost? Is Ahmadinejad preparing for the apocalypse? Is Ahmadinejad the George W. Bush of Iranian politics? During the past eight years of Iranian President Mahmoud...

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Rowhani describes  his election as opening a new era, follow the path of justice, not extremism

Rowhani describes his election as opening a new era, follow the path of justice, not extremism

Iran's newly elected president pledged Monday to follow a "path of moderation" and promised greater openness over the country's nuclear program, emphasizing messages from Western leaders since his victory that have brought cautious hope of new openings with Tehran. Hasan Rowhani used his...

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Lawmakers press Obama to implement no-fly zone over Syria

Lawmakers press Obama to implement no-fly zone over Syria

Capitol Hill lawmakers pressed President Obama on Sunday to go beyond supplying Syrian rebels with small arms and to consider imposing a no-fly zone over the war-torn country. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said supplying rebels with automatic weapons and ammunition is not...

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Putin says West arming Syrian rebels who eat human flesh

Putin says West arming Syrian rebels who eat human flesh

Russian President Vladimir Putin, arriving in Britain ahead of an international summit set to be dominated by disagreement over the U.S. decision to send weapons to Syria's rebels, said the West must not arm fighters who eat human flesh. In  Syria , rebels fought back on Sunday...

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Sarah Palin on U.S. Decision on Syria: ‘Let Allah Sort It Out’

Sarah Palin on U.S. Decision on Syria: ‘Let Allah Sort It Out’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized the Obama administration’s decision to supply weapons to the rebels in the civil war in Syria today, arguing that the U.S. should “Let Allah sort it out” until there is a stronger leader in the White House. “Militarily, where is our commander in...

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Iranians take to streets to celebrate Rowhani victory

Iranians take to streets to celebrate Rowhani victory

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Tehran on Saturday evening to celebrate the election of moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani as president, with chanting pro-reform slogans and demanding more freedom. Large crowds were converging in main streets and squares, as security forces and police...

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Pakistan police storm Hospital, ending Standoff

Pakistan police storm Hospital, ending Standoff

Pakistani police stormed a hospital that had been taken over by gunmen Saturday, freeing hostages and ending a five-hour standoff that began with a bombing just outside the emergency room and left five dead, officials said. The attack in Quetta, capital of restive Baluchistan province, came...

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Riot police advance on protesters in Istanbul park

Riot police advance on protesters in Istanbul park

Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas on protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square and neighboring Gezi Park on Saturday, an intervention that came shortly after the prime minister warned that security forces "know how to clear" the area. Protesters had defied Recep Tayyip Erdogan's...

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Iran's Rowhani: moderate pledged to engage with world

Iran's Rowhani: moderate pledged to engage with world

Hassan Rowhani, the bearded cleric who is leading the pack in Iran's presidential election, is a moderate who has pledged to engage more with world powers in hopes of easing crippling economic sanctions. Rowhani, who headed Iran's nuclear negotiating team in the early 2000s under reformist...

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Sectarian Banner in Istanbul protests by Turkish Alawites

Sectarian Banner in Istanbul protests by Turkish Alawites

Number of Turkish demonstrators carried a sectarian banner in Taksim square for the first time. "Democracy and Nature have been slaughtered by force, we should look for who killed the Alawites, with alleged photo to Imam  Al-Hussein  the grandson  of Islamic...

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Iran votes for new president, Khamenei slams U.S. doubts

Iran votes for new president, Khamenei slams U.S. doubts

Millions of Iranians voted to choose a new president on Friday, urged by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to turn out in force to discredit suggestions by arch foe the United States that the election would be unfair. The country's 50 million eligible voters have a choice between six...

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Turkish police battle protesters in Istanbul square

Turkish police battle protesters in Istanbul square

Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday night as demonstrators defied Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's demand they clear the area and end 10 days of demonstrations. Police fired volleys of tear gas canisters...

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