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Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group

Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group

BEIRUT (AP) — With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into...

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Egypt's foray into Libya underlines its concerns

Egypt's foray into Libya underlines its concerns

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Egypt's military involvement in Libya underlines Cairo's concerns about the threat posed by Islamic militant groups operating near the two nations' porous border, as well as home-grown jihadis who rely on their Libyan comrades for weapons. Above all, Egypt...

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Safe haven a 'must' for refugees, experts say

Safe haven a 'must' for refugees, experts say

While the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) violence rages on, Turkey is pushing for a no-fly zone and a safe haven near the Syrian-Turkish border for Syrian refugees as thousands of civilians from the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobani continue to flee into...

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Israel police close Al-Aqsa compound to Jewish settlers

Israel police close Al-Aqsa compound to Jewish settlers

The Israeli police closed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to Jewish settlers as thousands of Palestinian Muslim worshippers thronged in, a Palestinian official said. "The Israeli police closed Al-Magharbeh Gate, through which the Jewish settlers usually force their way into the...

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'No discrepancy' over Turkey's role in fight against Islamic State: Kerry

'No discrepancy' over Turkey's role in fight against Islamic State: Kerry

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday there was no discrepancy between the United States and Turkey with regard to what Ankara “will or won’t do” in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Speaking at a news conference in...

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Egypt sentences Al Jazeera journalist

Egypt sentences Al Jazeera journalist

  (Al Jazeera)- Ahmed Mansour, a presenter on Al Jazeera Arabic, has been sentenced in absentia to fifteen years imprisonment by Cairo's criminal court on the charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square during the January 25 uprising in 2011. Al Jazeera denies the charge...

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Lebanon charges former Arsal negotiator with belonging to Nusra

Lebanon charges former Arsal negotiator with belonging to Nusra

BEIRUT (The Daily Star): A Lebanese military judge Tuesday charged a former negotiator in Lebanon's hostage crisis with belonging to the Nusra Front, seeking the death penalty against Arsal's Sheikh Mustafa Hujeiri. The charges, filed by Military Investigative Judge Fadi...

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Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story

Special Report: How Mosul fell - An Iraqi general disputes Baghdad's story

(Reuters) - Lieutenant General Mahdi Gharawi knew an attack was coming. In late May, Iraqi security forces arrested seven members of militant group Islamic State in Mosul and learned the group planned an offensive on the city in early June. Gharawi, the operational commander of...

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UK MPs pass vote recognizing Palestine

UK MPs pass vote recognizing Palestine

  (Al Arabiya News - Reuters)- British lawmakers on Monday voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, a result that experts say is largely symbolic. The motion - which is non-binding - was passed by 274 in favor to 12 votes against, to “recognize the state...

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Baghdad car bomb kills 23, including lawmaker

Baghdad car bomb kills 23, including lawmaker

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials said a Shiite lawmaker was among 23 people killed when a suicide car bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a northern Baghdad security checkpoint. The officials say Ahmed al-Khafaji was not the target in the attack, and just happened to be...

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Turkey: No new deal with US on using air base

Turkey: No new deal with US on using air base

ANKARA, Turkey: A Turkish official says there is no new agreement with the United States on using an air base in southern Turkey for operations against ISIS. Turkey and the United States are still talking about the Incirlik air base as well as Turkish demands for the creation...

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Islamic State magazine says group enslaved Yazidis

Islamic State magazine says group enslaved Yazidis

BAGHDAD (AP) - Islamic State group militants captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children, the latest issue of a magazine purportedly published by the extremists claimed Sunday, the group's first public confirmation of the allegations. The claim came as Human Rights Watch...

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Kerry pushes for Middle East peace, pledges $212 million aid for Gaza

Kerry pushes for Middle East peace, pledges $212 million aid for Gaza

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel , the Palestinians and all their neighbors could be achieved. But prospects for a renewed peace process appeared dim as...

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Car bombs kill 25 near Iraq's Baquba, Anbar police chief killed on patrol

Car bombs kill 25 near Iraq's Baquba, Anbar police chief killed on patrol

(Reuters) - Three car bombs killed 25 people at a government compound near Baquba city in Iraq on Sunday and the Anbar province police chief died on patrol when suspected Islamic State militants blew up his convoy, hospital and security sources said. Insurgents have been...

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Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Libya, urges dialogue

Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Libya, urges dialogue

(Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Tripoli on Saturday to urge the warring factions fighting for control of Libya to make peace, in the highest-level visit since an armed faction took the capital in August. Oil producer Libya is struggling with two...

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Death toll from Kobani protests in Turkey rises to 31

Death toll from Kobani protests in Turkey rises to 31

  The death toll has risen to 31 as a result of protest violence in Turkey amid anger over ISIL siege of Syria's Kobani town. Three more people have died in random fire in protests in Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province. The protests were in support for...

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One soldier killed, another wounded in Lebanon attack

One soldier killed, another wounded in Lebanon attack

Beirut, Oct 9 (IANS/EFE) A Lebanese soldier was killed and another wounded Thursday when they were shot by gunmen on a motorcycle in Akkar province bordering Syria, media reported. The attack took place at the entrance of the town of Rihaniye where the army increased its patrols...

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Turkey says it won't launch ground action alone against ISIS

Turkey says it won't launch ground action alone against ISIS

(CNN)- Turkey's foreign minister insisted Thursday that it's not "realistic" for the world to expect it to go it alone in launching a ground operation against ISIS, even as a monitoring group said the extremists had seized a chunk of a key battleground town near its border. Speaking...

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