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US teen accused of seeking to join al Qaeda-linked Syrian group

An 18-year-old Chicago-area man accused of planning to join an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has been arrested by the FBI, the agency said on Saturday.<p>Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora, Illinois, was taken into custody late on Friday as he prepared to board a plane at Chicago's O'Hare …

Guantánamo Bay: why can't Shaker Aamer return home to London?

Shaker Aamer remembers the frantic knocking on the door, the voices screaming for him to get out. Outside, in the dark streets of Jalalabad, eastern …

Damascus: The changing face of Syria's capital

<b>Seven million Syrians now need humanitarian assistance, according to an estimate from the United Nations. The Assad regime is being blamed by the UN for hindering the distribution of aid. In the capital, Damascus, people struggle to get on with their lives in the midst of a civil war.</b><p>A doctor in …

Middle East

US readies aid package for Syria rebels

Syrian opposition has sought support for a transitional government at an international Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul, as the US prepares new non-lethal military aid for Syrian rebels.<p>US Secretary of State John Kerry, Germany's Westerwelle and British Foreign Minister William Hague were …

Egypt's Morsi plans to reshuffle cabinet

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has announced that there will be a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle, but critics say the move is unlikely to meet opposition demands for a complete overhaul of the government.<p>In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday, Morsi announced the reshuffle, saying …

US prepares $130m military aid package for Syrian rebels

The US readied a package Saturday of up to $130m in non-lethal military aid to Syrian opposition forces while European countries consider easing an …

Iraq in first vote since US pullout

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/971000/971617_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524674036_0b262049b369cd49547ca225023ac6a6<p><b>Iraqis have voted in a provincial election, the first ballot since the departure of US troops in late 2011.</b><p>Iraqi forces took charge of security in an …

Middle East

What You Should Know About Chechnya as the Boston Story Unfolds

For centuries, the small Muslim country has been subject to a series of Russian occupations. Expect Vladimir Putin to use the marathon bombing to further rationalize Moscow's brutal rule.<p>Breaking reports indicate that the alleged perpetrators of the horrific Boston Marathon terrorist attack were …

Brahimi gives grim report on Syria stalemate

The joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria has given the Security Council a grim assessment of the Syrian civil war, saying that Damascus is completely uncooperative in negotiations.<p>"With the Syrians, I got nowhere," Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters on Friday after the closed-door briefing.<p>Since last …

Chechen leader: 'The roots of evil must be searched for in America'

Ramzan Kadyrov, the ruthless leader of Chechnya, took to Instragam on Friday to respond to the identification of the two suspects in the Boston …

South Sudan clashes: Army 'attacked Lorema hospital'

<b>Five health workers have been killed when South Sudan soldiers attacked a hospital in revenge for the deaths of eight members of the security forces, the local MP has told the BBC.</b><p>David Mayo said the fighting was still going on and urged the army to be withdrawn.<p>Local community leaders confirm that …

Africa

Serbia and Kosovo reach EU-brokered landmark accord

<b>Serbia and its former province of Kosovo have reached an EU-brokered accord aimed at normalising relations between the Balkan neighbours.</b><p>Under the new deal, Serbs in northern Kosovo will have their own police and appeal court.<p>Both sides also agreed to not block each other's efforts to seek EU …

Europe

Clashes break out in central Cairo

Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi have clashed near Cairo's Tahrir Square amid a rally calling on the president to "cleanse the judiciary.''<p>Four people were hurt in the violence that broke out on Friday following a call by the Muslim Brotherhood to …

Syrians Don't Belong in Camps

Displaced people do better when they have the opportunity to be integrated into host communities, pursue work, and attend school.<p>A few years ago, I visited some of the Palestinian refugee camps scattered across Lebanon. After spending some time in Bourj al-Barajneh camp in Beirut, I travelled to …