Shahab Khatibi

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Israel's Ethiopian Jews clash with police at race rally

Israeli riot police have fired stun grenades and water cannon on thousands of ethnic Ethiopian Jewish citizens in an attempt to clear one of the most violent protests in memory in the heart of Tel Aviv.<p>The protesters, Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, were demonstrating on Sunday against what they …

Obama cites progress in U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Iran have narrowed their differences in nuclear weapons negotiations, President Barack Obama said in the face of a renewed Republican warning on Sunday that any deal will face a tough congressional review.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

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Sir Winston Churchill 's family feared he might convert to Islam

The discovery of a letter to Sir Winston Churchill from his future sister-in-law has thrown new light on his fascination with Islam and Muslim culture<p>He is indelibly associated with the fight to preserve Britain and its Empire from Nazi invasion and his subsequent denouncement of Soviet …

Tony Blair warns: curbing immigration would be ‘disaster’ for Britain

Tony Blair has intervened in the increasingly fractious debate on how to counter Ukip’s appeal over immigration by saying any attempt by Labour to chase its policies would only validate the argument of Ukip’s leaders.<p>He said ending immigration would be a disaster for the country, and urged the …

Julie Bishop has 'constructive' talks with Vladimir Putin on MH17 access

Independent investigators could soon be at the scene of the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine after Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, had a “constructive” discussion with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.<p>The two talked for about half an hour on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting …

Saudi prince and Emirate's first female fighter pilot take part in Syria air strikes

Saudi government releases photos of Prince Khaled bin Salman smiling from the cockpit of his F15 fighter jet<p>Saudi Arabia has offered a royal seal of approval to the US-led fight against the Islamic State group, sending its top pilot prince on bombing runs over Syria.<p>On Wednesday, the Saudi …

Turkish border guards sweep up fuel smugglers and Isis fighters alike

At the army checkpoint on the notoriously porous border that is the gateway to Syria and the expanding fiefdom of Islamic State, two conscripts stop every vehicle. There is constant traffic across the fields on the Turkish bank of the River Orontes, which is the frontier with Syria. The suspicion …

Russia, Ukraine and Europe have been into Vladimir Putin's black hole of fear

I remember that as a child I read about black holes in a popular science magazine about space and it scared me. The idea of our world being sucked into these breaks in the universe kept bothering me until I realised that it all was so far away that it would not reach us. But then a black hole tore …

London overtakes Hong Kong as world’s most expensive city

London has overtaken Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city to live and work in, with a new study suggesting it is almost twice as pricey as Sydney, and four times more than Rio de Janeiro.<p>The estate agent Savills said that in London, rising rents and the strong pound had pushed up the …

Journalists top the coffee-drinking league table despite health risks

Journalists are coffee addicts, drinking more cups a day than any other group of "professionals", according to a survey conducted among 10,000 people.<br>Evidently, 85% of the respondents said they drink at least three cups of coffee a day while some 70% admitted that their working ability would be …

Belarus is no longer 'Europe's last dictatorship'

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice labelled Belarus “Europe’s last dictatorship” in 2005 and since then it has become a cliche perpetuated by international politicians and media. In 2012 alone, for example, two books on Belarus with titles including “last dictatorship” appeared in …

A yes vote in Scotland would unleash the most dangerous thing of all - hope

Of all the bad arguments urging the Scots to vote no – and there are plenty – perhaps the worst is the demand that Scotland should remain in the union to save England from itself. Responses to my column last week suggest this wretched apron-strings argument has some traction among people who claim …

Should the UK join the Iraq air strikes to combat Isis?

Hayder al-Khoei: Until there is a political solution, the UK can land a blow on Isis<p>By any standards, Britain’s occupation of Iraq was a disaster. But the United Kingdom today simply cannot stand aside and allow Islamic State (Isis) to continue growing in Iraq. Nor can the UK absolve itself from …

Obama to lay out plan to 'degrade and destroy' Isis threat

Barack Obama will pledge on Wednesday night to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State insurgency operating in both Syria and Iraq in an address to the American people expected to herald a significant escalation of the US military role across the region.<p>Though the exact extent of the …

Iranian nuclear R&D centre 'visited by UN inspectors'

UN inspectors have gained rare access to an Iranian nuclear facility, giving them a "better understanding" of Tehran's disputed programme, it has been reported.<p>They observed a plant where centrifuges for enriching uranium were developed as part of a transparency deal but acknowledged that Iran …

Jihad Interrupted: Feds Grab ISIS 'Wannabes' Before They Reach Syria

They are known as “the wannabes” -- a small group of mostly young Americans whose devotion to Islam calls them like a siren to two of the world’s bloodiest military conflicts. But while their efforts to reach ISIS and other extremist groups in Syria and Iraq are often born of ignorance or naïveté, …

NATO Leaders: West Won't 'be Cowed' by Militants

Britain Is Preparing for Military Strikes Against ISIS

Behind the scenes at the NATO summit in Wales, a chastened David Cameron is working carefully with President Obama to pave the way to join the U.S. …

UK could launch strikes against Isis in Syria without Assad's support, says PM

David Cameron has for the first time opened a legal path to strike Islamic State (Isis) inside Syria by saying Bashar al-Assad's government is illegitimate.<p>He suggested the west would not need an invitation from Assad under international law to strike at Isis within Syrian borders.<p>Speaking at the …

Inside the mind of an ISIS fighter

To the outside world, they're a force of ruthless yet mysterious insurgents bent on terrorizing civilians and expanding Islamist rule.<p>But as one former ISIS fighter tells CNN, the mentality goes much deeper.<p>"The main and principal goal of the Islamic State that they tell their new members is to …

ISIS Video Intensifies Pressure on Britain

The release of a video showing the brutal murder of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who wrote for TIME and other news organizations, poses …

Robin Williams: the sadness of a clown that couldn’t be fixed

The sadness of the clown is an old showbusiness irony. The death of the clown is even sadder. But Robin Williams was no ordinary clown, he was a clown in the round, a master of the one-liner, of verbal riff, mimicry, disguise, facial distortion, fury and hilarity. He made them laugh and he made …

The Sunni-Shiite Divide Explained With Extremely Useful Maps And Timelines

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resolved, we cannot take our eyes of the Shiite-Sunni conflict, says Vali R. Nasr, Dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins …

New alliances bring old enemies together as Isis advances in Iraq

The Syrian air force jets swooped in low over the Iraqi border, dropping two bombs before soaring back to Damascus. The insurgents beneath, caught unawares, were obliterated, but the several thousand more nearby had already got what they wanted – an 800km stretch of border with Iraq that gave them …