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AP FACT CHECK: The GOP rush to blame Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's new running mate and other Republicans are wrongly accusing Hillary Clinton of speaking with indifference about the death of Americans in Benghazi, Libya — twisting her comments out of context to make their indictment.<p>A look at some of the claims from the stage of …

The secret pact that became a scapegoat for all of the Middle East’s problems

This month marks the centennial of a secret pact. On May 16, 1916, two mid-level diplomats, a Briton and a Frenchman, concluded an agreement that essentially divided up the lands of much of the Middle East between the European powers. A map, seen above, initialed by Sir Mark Sykes and François …

Middle East

Sykes-Picot: The map that spawned a century of resentment

<b>Reaching its centenary amidst a general chorus of vilification around the region, the legacy of the secret Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 has never looked more under assault.</b><p>As Iraq lurches deeper into turmoil and disintegration, Kurdish leaders in the already autonomous north are threatening to …

Middle East

A photographer has spent 3 years taking pictures of women to see how beauty is defined around the world

Since then, she has visited every continent except for Antarctica and a total of about 50 countries, photographing hundreds of women along the way for her project, dubbed Atlas of Beauty.<p>And she's still going.<p>"More than ever, I think our world needs an Atlas of Beauty to show that diversity is …

Humanities

Intimate Photos from Mecca During One of the World's Largest Gatherings

I was among the roughly two million Muslims who made the Hajj to Mecca last year. This is what I saw.<p>This past fall, I had the opportunity to take my mother to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the holy pilgrimage of Hajj. The Hajj is one of the largest gatherings of people on earth with about 2 million …

A Jewish candidate won a U.S. presidential primary for the first time. And America yawned.

For the first time in American history, a Jewish candidate won a presidential primary election. And America yawned.<p>I'm talking about Bernie Sanders, of course, who thumped Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's Democratic contest on Tuesday. Everyone is aware that Clinton would be our first female …

Bernie Sanders

The Roots of Muslim Rage

Why so many Muslims deeply resent the West, and why their bitterness will not easily be mollified<p>In one of his letters Thomas Jefferson remarked that in matters of religion "the maxim of civil government" should be reversed and we should rather say, "Divided we stand, united, we fall." In this …

The US debate around Islam makes George W Bush look progressive | Lindy West

I used to think anyone on earth would make a better president than Bush. The reaction of Republican presidential candidates to the Paris attacks has proven me wrong<p>When the planes hit the towers on 11 September 2001, I was asleep in my dorm room in Los Angeles. The phone woke me – it was a friend, …

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BRICS nations rally around Russia

Leaders of the BRICS nations will meet July 15-16 in Fortaleza in northeastern Brazil, in a gathering that sends a strong message about their refusal to isolate Russia.<p>The top item on the agenda for the five countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is finalizing terms for the new …

Saladin's Triumph: The Battle of Hattin, 1187

Frankish disunity and impetuosity produced a disaster that lost Christendom the holy city of Jerusalem.<p>In a battle fought near the western shore of …

Muslims Living Amongst Us!

I must admit, that in light of all the Islamophobia that's been plaguing the news and social media lately, I have found it slightly comical. Don't get me wrong - it is very upsetting and disheartening, and it is pretty hard for me not to get caught up in the ongoing Internet debates. The "comical" …

Religion

Telegraph readers' favourites: the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean

Star Trek 3 Begins Filming in Canada

Quinto and Saldana post prep photos.<p>Production is now underway in Vancouver on the tentatively titled Star Trek 3 (rumored to be called Star Trek …

Getting started with Google Photos

You can have your Android M, your Brillo, your Cardboard and any of the other products announced at Google's I/O developer conference yesterday.<p>I just need Google Photos , a product I've been waiting for to create order out of my sprawling photo library. I have used Picasa for years to share photos …

12 Expert Tips For Photographing Cityscapes At Night

<b>Jimmy Mcintyre</b> <i>is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online</i> …

Landscape Photography

Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

Nothing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq.<p>John Ellis "Jeb" Bush stood by his brother's side while he demolished a nation …

When Israel Helped Yemen’s Shiites

The Houthis see a Jewish conspiracy behind for the campaign against them. But in the Yemeni civil war of the 1960s, Israel helped the Shiite tribes from which the rebels hail.<p>Yemen’s Houthi rebels accuse Israel of standing behind the Saudi-led military campaign launched against them in February. …

Middle East

After 9/11, We Were All Judith Miller

Journalists owe the American people an apology.<p>If the sales of Judith Miller’s memoir are commensurate with the vituperation of the attacks on her, the royalties will mount. Her critics—they are many and loud—say the former <i>New York Times</i> reporter bears a responsibility for the Iraq war because the …

10 Editing Techniques That Changed My Photography

In the digital age you as a photographer are expected to be familiar and knowledgeable with Photoshop. It can be argued back and forth if this is …

The Unveiling of Israel’s Hidden Alliance With Al-Qaeda in Syria

Middle East Monitor<p>Sedqi al-Maqet, a Syrian activist who lives in the Israeli-occupied part of Syria known as the Golan Heights was interned after a …

Who is Allah? Understanding God in Islam

According to the Islamic statement of witness, or <i>shahada</i>, “There is no god but Allah”. Muslims believe he created the world in six days and sent …

Was the Middle East better off with its dictators?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Was the Middle East better off under dictatorships? It is certainly tempting to think so when one looks at conflicts in the region today, from Yemen to Libya to Syria.<p>Those three countries have followed different trajectories since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, but what they have in …

US ordered to release photos of army abuse of detainees

A US federal judge has ruled that Washington must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a longstanding court case on letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.<p>US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's decree on Friday …

This declassified CIA report shows the shaky case for the Iraq War

First Ukraine war prisoner exchange completed

ZHOLOBOK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian military and separatist representatives exchanged dozens of prisoners under cover of darkness at a remote …

Russia

An Arab billionaire shares his explosive views on Obama, Israel, ISIS, and why the Arab Spring failed

<b>Business Insider:</b> It's been four years since the start of the Arab Spring. In Egypt, it seems like the revolution has been undone. Before, there was …

Ten Beacons of Light in the Muslim World

The most important clash of civilizations is among Muslims.<p>I remember Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh, a man of great piety, …