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Egypt president says no magic bullet for power problems after major blackout

Egypt president says no magic bullet for power problems after major blackout

(Reuters) - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepared Egyptians on Saturday for more blackouts after lights went out across much of the country this week, saying it would take time and cost the cash-strapped state $12 billion to upgrade the decrepit power grid. Daily power cuts...

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Egypt charges ex-president Mursi with leaking state secrets to Qatar

Egypt charges ex-president Mursi with leaking state secrets to Qatar

(Reuters) - Egypt charged ousted president Mohamed Mursi and nine others on Saturday with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar, furthering a state crackdown on his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Relations between Qatar, a...

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US, Iran deny military coordination plans over IS

US, Iran deny military coordination plans over IS

The United States and Iran have denied plans for any military coordination in the fight against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria. "We are not going to coordinate military action or share intelligence with Iran and have no plans to do so," State Department...

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U.S., Turkey cooperating on Islamist foreign fighters: Obama

U.S., Turkey cooperating on Islamist foreign fighters: Obama

NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey are cooperating on the threat posed by foreign Islamist fighters returning to their home countries from Iraq and Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama said at a meeting with Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday. Talking...

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Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

QAA, Lebanon (AP) — Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack....

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Turkey arrests 19 jihadists in border province

Turkey arrests 19 jihadists in border province

(AFP)- Turkey has arrested 19 militants affiliated with the Islamic State in its southern province of Gaziantep bordering Syria, its governor said on Thursday. Gaziantep province governor Erdal Ata vehemently denied claims that the region was being used as a rear base for IS...

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U.S. says forms 'core coalition' to counter Iraq militants

U.S. says forms 'core coalition' to counter Iraq militants

(Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was forming a "core coalition" to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq , calling for broad support from allies and partners but ruling out committing ground forces. President Barack Obama sought to use a NATO summit in Wales to...

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Iran, U.S. meet as search for nuclear deal intensifies

Iran, U.S. meet as search for nuclear deal intensifies

(Reuters) - Iran and the United States met in Geneva for bilateral talks on Thursday as international diplomacy intensifies to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran's atomic activities by a new deadline in late November. The office of European Union foreign policy chief...

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IS militants vow to 'de-throne' Putin over Syria support

IS militants vow to 'de-throne' Putin over Syria support

Islamic State militants have issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime. The General Prosecutor's Office of Russia demanded that access to the address, which was posted on...

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Obama says will 'degrade and destroy' Islamic State

Obama says will 'degrade and destroy' Islamic State

TALLINN (Reuters) - The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. He added that destroying the militant group...

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Global drive to stop jihadis going to Syria, Iraq

Global drive to stop jihadis going to Syria, Iraq

PARIS (AP) — New laws make it easier to seize passports. Suspected fighters are plucked from planes. Authorities block finances and shut down radical mosques. In cyberspace, Silicon Valley firms are wiping extremist content from websites, such as video of the recent beheading of...

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Steven Sotloff, Journalist Beheaded by ISIS, Was Also Israeli Citizen

Steven Sotloff, Journalist Beheaded by ISIS, Was Also Israeli Citizen

Steven Sotloff, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS militants, also held Israeli citizenship, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. One Israeli publication that published his work, Jerusalem Report magazine, said that it had refused to acknowledge any...

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Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday declined to rule out sending combat troops to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq, amid a growing confrontation with radical Islamists who have seized large swaths of that country and neighboring Syria. Abbott...

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Israeli rockets kill Saudi

Israeli rockets kill Saudi

A Saudi young man who joined Islamic State (IS) earlier this year then defected and joined fighters in Gaza has been killed by Israeli rockets in a recent attack on the city, Al-Hayat daily reported. Sultan Farhan Rajeh Al-Harbi, a native of Hafr Al-Batin, decided to leave IS after...

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U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

(Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account. "We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights...

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Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda

Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda

(Reuters) - Some young Muslims are attracted to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because of its brutality, which makes it appear "more authentic" than al Qaeda, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said in an interview on Sunday. "There is a link between...

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

(Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four...

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Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

(Reuters) - U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began in mid-June, the Pentagon said on Friday, a figure that means the department has spent more than $500 million on the conflict. Rear Admiral John...

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