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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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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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Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death

Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 183 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday on charges of killing police officers, as authorities continued their crackdown on Islamists. The men were convicted of playing a role in the killings of 16 policemen in the...

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Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot

Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot

(Reuters) - The fate of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State has raised public pressure on King Abdullah over his country's role in the U.S-led military campaign against the hardline group in Syria , fuelling the risk of broader discontent in the U.S. ally. After his...

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Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia

(Reuters) - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt for his native Australia after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no official word on the fate of his two...

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Jordan deplores ISIL's execution of Japanese hostage

Jordan deplores ISIL's execution of Japanese hostage

The Jordanian government "strongly" condemned on Sunday the execution of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group, saying it continued to seek information proving the safety of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba who has also been...

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Kurdish forces free oil workers at Kirkuk crude station: officials

Kurdish forces free oil workers at Kirkuk crude station: officials

(Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces on Sunday found and freed workers who had gone missing a day earlier when Islamic State insurgents seized a small crude oil station near the northern city of Kirkuk, the provincial governor and a provincial councilman said. The Kurds retook...

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Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

(Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil  station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people. Two officials from the state-run North Oil...

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Air strikes alone not enough to defeat Islamic State: NATO chief

Air strikes alone not enough to defeat Islamic State: NATO chief

(Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to defeat Islamic State militants and greater Western help in building up Iraqi security forces could also play a role, the head of NATO said on Friday. The United States leads a coalition of countries that has been carrying out...

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

(Reuters) - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

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Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

(Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere. "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between...

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Kurdish PM says U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State faces long war

Kurdish PM says U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State faces long war

(Reuters) - Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned that despite victories in the war against Islamic State, the global coalition against the group was inadequate and predicted a campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul would not happen before the fall. In an...

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47 people killed in Iraq blasts

47 people killed in Iraq blasts

At least 47 people were killed and 99 others wounded Friday in several explosions in capital Baghdad and in central Samarra, police said. Forty people lost their lives and 75 others were wounded when two improvised explosive devices blew up at a market place. The...

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Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

TOKYO (AP) — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. "Government institutions are working...

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Islamic State's Egypt wing claims attacks that killed 27: official Twitter

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims attacks that killed 27: official Twitter

(Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that killed at least 27 on Thursday in some of the worst anti-state violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly this week. Egypt's...

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20 killed, 36 injured in blasts in Egypt's Sinai

20 killed, 36 injured in blasts in Egypt's Sinai

 At least 20 people were killed and 36 others injured in multiple blasts that rocked the northern quadrant of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, a medical source said. "Some 20 people were killed and around 36 others – both civilians and military men – injured in...

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Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

Survivors say Iraqi forces watched as Shi'ite militias executed 72 Sunnis

(Reuters) - Survivors tell the same story: they were taken from their homes by men in uniform; heads down and linked together, then led in small groups to a field, made to kneel, and selected to be shot one by one. Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters...

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