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Iran, Six Powers Head Into ‘Very Tough’ Nuclear Talks

Iran and six powers returned to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program. No major breakthroughs are expected at the talks, which are to continue until the end of next week, but the pressure is on both sides to find ways to narrow the gaps. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sat down with Iranian Foreign Mini ...

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Turkey helps Afghanistan transform itself

A new report titled “Afghanistan's Future and Turkey's Contribution,” released by the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), on Friday, covered the next phase in Afghanistan's restructuring process and Turkey's crucial contributions toward that end. “Afghanistan is now in a transition period in which [their] first democratic elections took place and the Taliban question is being resolved. In ...

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Syria rebels name slain leader’s replacement

Ahrar al-Sham, a Syrian rebel group, has announced its new leadership after it lost its top brass during a bomb attack on a high-level meeting in Idlib province. Hassan Abboud, the head of Ahrar al-Sham, was among up to 45 people killed in an underground bunker near an ammunition dump outside Ram Hamdan on Tuesday. The new head is Hashim al-Sheikh, also known as Abu Jaber, while his deputy is Abu Saleh Taha ...

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Israel seizes 400 hectares of West Bank land

The United States has urged Israel to reverse its decision to seize nearly 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank, a move anti-settlement activists termed the largest land grab in 30 years. Israel announced the massive land appropriation on Sunday in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem just days after Gaza ceasefire. A Palestinian official said the latest land grab by Israel would cause only m ...

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Libyan militia storm US embassy in Tripoli

The United States embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli has been raided by militiamen, but no Americans were present as the embassy was evacuated more than a month ago. The attack on Sunday comes as fighting between rival militias rages in Tripoli and Benghazi, the scond city in the east. Even though the US suspended its mission in Tripoli for the second time in three years in July, the US Secretar ...

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Syrian rebels capture sole border crossing between Israel and Syria in Golan Heights

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels claimed control of the only border crossing between Syria and Israel on Wednesday, extending a series of gains in the strategically sensitive Golan Heights in recent days. The capture of the crossing point is of greater symbolic than strategic significance for the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, given the decades-old state of war that has prevailed betwe ...

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Gaza Shelled During Israel’s Limited Truce

A Gaza City house has been shelled and other areas in Gaza have been fired upon since an Israeli-declared seven-hour humanitarian truce has come into effect. The Gaza Health Ministry said a child was killed and 30 people, mostly women and children, were wounded in the strike on Monday on a house in Shati refugee camp. An Israeli military spokeswoman told news agency Reuters she was checking the report. Isra ...

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Oil Depot Catches Fire As Libya Battles Rage

Tripoli's main fuel depot has been set ablaze after rockets fired by one of Libya's armed groups struck and ignited a tank, the National Oil company (NOC) said. Black plumes of smoke rose over the fuel tanks, which store oil for use in the capital and are located near Tripoli's international airport. Firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze were forced back by the fighting, NOC spokesman Mohamed al-Harari ...

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Gaza Strikes Rage On As Diplomacy Falters

The Israeli military has continued its offensive in Gaza, targeting a major mosque and a university, as diplomatic solution appears more remote after Israel announced that it would not attend the talks set in Cairo. Bombardments continue across the Palestinian territory including the southern district of Rafah on Saturday afternoon, Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Gaza, said. Gaza health ministry o ...

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Ashgabat And Kabul Mull Prospects Of Transport Corridor Through Azerbaijan

Turkmen Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting with the Afghan delegation headed by Director-General of Economic Cooperation department of the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wahidullah Waissi, according to the Turkmen government`s report. The parties exchanged views on the implementation of specific economic and infrastructure projects, including the possibility of creation of of Afghanistan-Turkmenista ...

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Jihad for Israel

By: Hanine Hassan Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country. Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military asjihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch- Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupi ...

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US Suggests Global Energy Firm To Take Forward TAPI Project

The United States has urged Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to engage an international energy company to take forward the ambitious TAPI gas pipeline project that has the potential to transform the entire region. “We encourage the TAPI parties to bring an international energy company into the project to work in cooperation with Turkmengaz in the development of the gas supply and serve as comme ...

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Gaza Under Intense Fire As Death Toll Mounts

At least 34 people have been killed in Gaza after Israeli army bombardment intensifies on the second day of a ground offensive it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels. Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaza, spoke of of "relentless and constant thuds" of tank fire across the eastern border of Gaza on Saturday, "with only around 10 seconds between each". She said the tanks were ...

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UAE Plans Unmanned Mission To Mars By 2021

The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. An Emirati government statement on Wednesday said the UAE investments in space technologies had already topped $5.44bn, AFP news agency reported. "The UAE has entered the space race with a project to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 in the Arab world's first mission t ...

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Tens Of Thousands Flee Israeli Raids On Gaza

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes, as Israel continued to press its offensive on the Gaza Strip. Air strikes that struck the enclave on Wednesday killed at least 17 people, including four children, bringing the total deaths of Palestinians in the nine-day conflict to 213, with more than 1,450 wounded. One Israeli was killed a day earlier by a Hamas-launched rocket, the only Israeli fat ...

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Pak Militant Group Swears Allegiance To Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Little known outfit Tehreek-e-Khilafat, which has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Karachi, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and vowed to raise the Islamic State's flag in South Asia, the Telegraph reported. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, declared himself as Caliph and renamed the ISIS as Islamic State. "Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall c ...

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Wait for final results, Russia asks candidates

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, commenting on the Afghanistan election, said in current circumstances both president candidates should wait for a thorough check of the voting results scheduled for July 22. “We call on both candidates to wait for a thorough check of the voting results which are to be announced on the 22nd of July,” a statement from the ministry in Moscow said. On J ...

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Iraq: A military solution to a political problem?

Sharif Nashashibi The ongoing delay in forming a government that could alleviate the crisis in Iraq is largely due to foreign involvement - specifically, the considerable military help being given to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The necessity and urgency of halting or reversing the spread of the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIL) is understandable. However, the unconditional nature of foreign m ...

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Iraqis Fear Sectarian Violence In Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq - Iraqis are growing increasingly fearful that the battle pitting government forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will soon reach the edges of the capital, and may lead to attacks on civilians. "Government forces will not have mercy on our areas if they become a battle zone," said Samer, a Sunni Muslim living in the western suburb of Yarmouk who preferred not to give ...

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Two Police Officers Killed In Egypt Bomb

Two Egyptian police officers have been killed and several others wounded in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district, the Interior Ministry has said. Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb found at a street intersection near the presidential palace on Monday when a second device exploded, the ministry said in a statement. The blast came days after the armed gro ...

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