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Social media giants 'shamefully far' from tackling illegal content

<b>Social media firms are "shamefully far" from tackling illegal and dangerous content, says a parliamentary report.</b><p>Hate speech, terror recruitment videos and sexual images of children all took too long to be removed, said the Home Affairs Select Committee report.<p>The government should consider making …

Social Media

Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar's …

Asia

Obama, leaders urge more action on nuclear security, terror

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders declared progress Friday in safeguarding nuclear materials sought by terrorists and wayward nations, even as …

North Korea

12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.<p>These mysterious — and almost completely …

Gun sales hit new record ahead of new Obama gun restrictions

New federal data shows 2015 was a record-smashing year for the American firearms industry, with gun sales appearing to hit the highest level on record. Background checks for gun purchases and permits jumped 10 percent last year to 23.1 million, the largest number since the federal background check …

Guns

A tearful Obama takes executive actions on guns

During an emotional speech at the White House, President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, an issue he's …

Guns

Back in 2000, the CIA made 8 predictions on what life would be like in 2015 — here's what it got right (and really wrong)

2015 is winding down fast, and it turns out that several of these predictions were on the money. Others were completely wrong.<p>Here's a rundown of some of the predictions, according to a December 2000 story from The Telegraph.<p><i>Nicholas Carlson contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

6 Times Obama Called On Muslim Communities To Do More About Extremism

President Obama's rhetoric is a familiar punching bag for Republicans running to replace him. In particular, they focus on his reluctance to say the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."<p>It's meant as a way to cast doubt on whether the president takes the threat of international terrorism seriously, …

'At least we are treated as humans': Syrians in Sudan | Syria

<b>Khartoum, Sudan</b> - When Mohammed left the Syrian city of Raqqa in early 2011, searching for a job and looking to avoid compulsory military service in his country, Sudan seemed like a natural place to go to.<p>Syrians are permitted to enter the country without a visa and, once there, enjoy the same …

Africa

Female San Bernardino suspect went to religious school

The female suspect in last week's shooting rampage in San Bernardino, Calif., attended a religious school while living in Pakistan, intelligence officials in that country said.<p>Tashfeen Malik went to the Al-Huda International Seminary, a women-only madrassa — or Islamic religious school — with a …

California

Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame?

EU Source: Iraq & Syria conflict situation map on 27 November 2015<p><b>After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so-called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh.</b><p>In my recent meeting with Prime Minister …

'We'll be the first they kill': the Tunisian rappers taking on Isis

Five years ago, they were on the frontline of the Arab spring. Now rappers DJ Costa and Dya Hammadi are risking kidnap, jail and death to fight Isis with hip-hop<p>Dya Hammadi went to school with the man who kidnapped him. It happened in broad daylight, on the terrace of a cafe in Regueb, near Sidi …

Islam

Faith after the pharaohs

Roman Egypt<p>After the deaths of Cleopatra and Mark Antony in 30 BC, Octavian (later Augustus) entered Alexandria, and Egypt became a Roman province, …

Egyptian journalist detained in Cairo for 'spreading false news' after Berlin trip

Researcher Ismail Alexandrani jailed for 15 days on his return from Germany, where he had given talk on militants in Sinai peninsula<p>An Egyptian researcher and freelance journalist detained upon his return to Egypt is being investigated for spreading false news, in what his lawyers say is the latest …

Freedom of the Press

‘Who Killed the Armenians?’: Egyptian Filmmakers Tackle the Genocide

<i>Special for the Armenian Weekly</i><p>Last month, both Egyptians and the Armenian community in Egypt had the chance to watch the first screening of “Who …

How does Islamic State make money off oil fields in Syria and Iraq?

Russia has accused Turkey and its president,<p>Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of colluding with the militant groupIslamic Statein an industrial-scale, illegal oil trade.<p>The charges, leveled this week amid escalating tensions between Turkey and Russia, highlight the militant group's prominence as an important …

Middle East

Egyptian business activity falls to two-year low in November | Reuters

CAIRO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Business activity in Egypt dropped to its lowest in more than two years in November, falling the fastest since September 2013, as output and new orders declined.<p>Egypt has been struggling to revive its economy since a popular uprising in 2011 drove both investors and …

Viewpoint: Egypt's new parliament - posturing without politics

<b>Judging from the number of times they have been summoned to the polls in recent years, Egyptians would seem to have an enthusiastically democratic system.</b><p>Judging from the comments of most analysts, Egyptians have returned to an authoritarian past in which a parliament exists simply to give a …

U.S. to send special forces to Syria, truce sought after peace talks | Reuters

VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States disclosed plans on Friday to station its first ground troops in Syria for the war against Islamic State, saying dozens of U.S. soldiers would be sent as advisers to groups fighting the militants.<p>Washington announced the small special operations force …

Middle East

Shaker Aamer, last UK resident held at Guantanamo Bay prison, returns home

<b>(CNN) —</b> For Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it has been a long haul.<p>Bounty hunters captured Aamer in Afghanistan in 2001 and turned him over to the United States. He was cleared for release from Guantanamo in 2007. And on Friday, …

Crime

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …