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Iran Arrests Three Over Mahabad Bombing

State says suspects linked to Kurdish separatists arrested in city where 12 died in 2010 attack on military parade. Iranian authorities have arrested three suspects over the deadly bombing of a military parade in 2010, the state news agency has reported. The IRNA on Sunday said the arrests were made in the Kurd-majority city of Mahabad, where 12 spectators were killed and dozens injured in the September 201 ...

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Syrian Air Force Chief Dies In Combat

  In blow to Assad regime, air defence chief dies as rebels attack air force headquarters in Mleiha near Damascus. The chief of Syria's air defence forces, General Hussein Ishaq, has been killed in combat near Damascus, a security official has told news agencies. The general died on Saturday of wounds suffered when rebels attacked Syrian air defence headquarters near the town of Mleiha, a key battlegro ...

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Chinese camp hit near Boko Haram stronghold

Ten people unaccounted for after suspected Boko Haram fighters attack Chinese facility in northern Cameroon. A Chinese camp in northern Cameroon has been attacked by gunmen, a local governor has said, close to a border stronghold of the Nigerian armed group, Boko Haram. The attack took place on Friday near the town of Waza, 20km from the Nigerian border and the Sambisa forest, which is close to the area whe ...

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Obama Meets Syria Opposition Leader Jarba

US president meets Syrian National Coalition leader in show of support for embattled foes of President Assad. Jarba had previously requested increased military aid to help combat Assad forces [AP] US President Barack Obama has met Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in a show of support for the embattled foes of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The meeting on Tuesday came as the US again voiced concerns t ...

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Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan Seek To Resolve Border Disputes

  DUSHANBE, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan had discussed ways to resolve their border demarcation disputes at a meeting here, local media reported Wednesday. The meeting, co-chaired by Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Murodali Alimardon and Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Abdirakhman Mamataliev, touched upon recent border clashes between citizens of the two countries, which left at least 60 people injured. The majo ...

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Heavy rains hit southeastern Tajikistan, causing huge damage

The torrential rains in southeastern Tajikistan over the weekend have brought huge losses to the area, severely damaging houses, roads, bridges, electricity lines, water supply system and arable lands. As a result of the heavy rains, 40 houses in the city of Vahdat, 10 km east of Dushanbe, were damaged, five cars were swept away by mudflow and 2 km of road were totally destroyed, according to the emergency ...

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Afghanistan Looks To Resolve Hanging Of Nationals In Iran

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry is expressing confidence it can reach agreement with Iranian authorities to stop hanging Afghan nationals found guilty of crimes in Iran. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shekib Mustaghni told Radio Free Afghanistan on May 10 the Afghan government has been raising the issue for months in discussions with Iranian officials. Mustaghni recalled just over a month ago four Afghan ...

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Chinese, Iranians to Help Retrieve Corpses

Chinese and Iranian experts have promised to help retrieve corpses buried under a deep layer of mud as a result of the May 2 landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a minister said on Saturday. About 2,500 people were buried under the rubble of 300 homes after the tragedy hit Argo district. But the district chief, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and a number of other sources put the d ...

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Iranian Women Snap ‘Stealthy’ Photos Free Of Hijab

An unveiled young woman stands in front of a sign that reads: "Sisters, observe your hijab." Another with red hair and dark glasses stands next to the ruins of Persepolis, while two others, also sans hijab, dance happily on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They are among dozens of Iranian women inside the country who have posted their hijab-less photos on anewly launched Facebook page to share their "stealthy ...

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Release Obama’s Benghazi intelligence briefings

  By Marc A. Thiessen President Obama claims he was only repeating what the intelligence community told him when his administration asserted that the attack in Benghazi began with a spontaneous protest inspired by an Internet video. If that’s the case, there is a simple way to prove it: Give the new congressional select committee investigating Benghazi his daily intelligence briefings that show exactly ...

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Iraqi PM Maliki Says Saudi, Qatar Openly Funding Violence in Anbar

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in western Anbar province, in his strongest such statement since fighting started there early this year. Security forces have been fighting insurgents from the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Anbar's two main cities - Fallu ...

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Fighting in Damascus District Halt Aid to Palestinians: U.N.

New York - Fighting in the Damascus district of Yarmouk has interrupted aid distribution to thousands of besieged Palestinian refugees, the United Nations said on Monday. The clashes broke out on Sunday in Yarmouk, where 20,000 people have been trapped for months by Syria's civil war and are dependent on humanitarian supplies delivered by UNRWA, the U.N. agency which supports Palestinian refugees. The Syria ...

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Spanish Journalist Kidnapped in Syria Released

Madrid – A Spanish journalist kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria crossed the border into Turkey on Sunday, his newspaper reported, as activists said government airstrikes killed at least 13 people in a northwestern border town. Veteran war correspondent Marc Marginedas was abducted on Sept. 4 near Hama by jihadists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a breakaway al-Qaida grou ...

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Iraqi Authorities Distribute Cards for Elections

  Baghdad - Iraq's election commission said Saturday that it has not yet decided how it will distribute voter ID cards in the embattled western province of Anbar, barely two months before the country's first election since the 2011 withdrawal of the U.S. forces.The statement highlights the difficulties faced by Iraqi authorities in conducting elections following nearly a year of deteriorating security. ...

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Kerry Blames Assad Government for Failure of Latest Syria Peace Talks

JAKARTA- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Assad government for stalling Syrian peace talks and pressed Russia to stop supplying it weapons, telling Moscow it needed to be part of the solution. International mediator LakhdarBrahimi said in Geneva on Saturday that the first two rounds of peace talks had not made much progress but that the two sides had agreed on an agenda for a third round at an ...

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Syria Peace Talk’s Failure Spurs U.S.-Russia Recriminations

JAKARTA/MOSCOW- The United States accused Damascus on Monday of paralyzing Geneva peace negotiations, while Russia denied that and said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward trying to end the civil war on the battlefield rather than in talks. A second round of talks in Geneva broke up on Saturday with chief mediator LakhdarBrahimi lamenting a failure to advance much beyond agreement on an agenda ...

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Iraq Shi’ite Cleric Who Fought U.S. Forces Says Quitting Politics

Baghdad- Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who led revolts against U.S. forces in Iraq before their pullout and became a major influence in the government, said he is leaving political life and has dissolved his movement.  Sadr gave no reason for the retirement announced via a handwritten statement on his website. But two members of his political bloc Ahrar, which holds roughly an eighth of the seats i ...

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Obama Says Considering New Pressure on Syria’s Assad

Washington- President Barack Obama said on Friday he is considering new ways to pressure the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he pledged fresh U.S. assistance to Jordan's King Abdullah, whose country is reeling from the Syrian civil war. Obama and Abdullah held talks at the Sunnylands retreat, the estate of the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, in a desert region of California. With the ...

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Brahimi Apologizes to Syrian People for Lack of Peace Progress

Damascus- International mediator LakhdarBrahimi apologized to the Syrian people on Saturday for the lack of progress at peace talks in Geneva after their second round ended with little more than an agreement to meet again. The Algerian-born diplomat said the agreement to evacuate people from the besieged city of Homs had raised hopes that had not been satisfied at the Geneva talks involving opposition group ...

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Syrian Envoy Says Dangerous Chemical Arms to Go By March 1

Damascus- The most dangerous elements of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons stockpile will be removed from Syria by March 1, the Syrian ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency. Syria missed a December 31 deadline to remove its most poisonous chemical agents under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States to avert a threatened U.S.-led military strike again ...

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