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Syrian insurgents capture military base in northwest

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic insurgents overran a military base at a former factory in northwestern Syria on Monday, carting off tanks and other weapons in …

ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

ISIS is reportedly marching on the key Iraqi city of Ramadi—upending the momentum the U.S.-led military coalition seemed to have just days ago, and …

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Al Qaeda says downs Syrian cargo plane, army says fog causes crash

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian wing of al Qaeda, the Nusra Front, said on Sunday it had shot down an army cargo plane carrying food and ammunition overnight, but Syrian state television blamed the loss of the aircraft and its crew on bad weather.<p>Reuters could not verify either account due to …

US opposes Israeli freeze on PA tax revenues

The United States has denounced a move by Israel to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in retaliation for their bid to join the International Criminal Court.<p>"We're opposed to any actions that raise tensions. And obviously, this is one that raises tensions," US …

Islamic State: Kurds 'seize key Kobane district'

<b>Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) in Kobane, northern Syria, have seized a key district and now control 80% of the town, activists say.</b><p>Syrian Kurds backed by Iraqi Peshmerga forces captured the security district including the police HQ, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>IS …

Ebola-ravaged Liberia to reopen schools

Schools in Ebola-ravaged Liberia will reopen in February, six months after they were closed in a bid to contain the spread of the killer virus, the education ministry has said.<p>"We ask all schools to take the necessary measures for the reopening of schools next semester, which is February," the …

Taking on South Korea's adoption taboo

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1135000/1135727_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534399450_1b1331763121c1a72fe2591ee3ba19ef<p><b>It used to be said that South Korea's biggest export was babies - Korean children, unwanted in their own land, were adopted by loving new parents</b> …

Thousands flee homes in Kashmir as India-Pakistan clashes spread

About 6,000 civilians in Indian-controlled region leave homes as intense shelling reported along border<p>Thousands of Indians have fled their homes as fighting between India and Pakistan spread along a 124-mile stretch of the border in the disputed region of Kashmir.<p>Tension between the nuclear-armed …

Ghani's first 100 days: Deadlock over Afghan government

Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the new Afghan president in September 2014 but he has still not formed a cabinet.<p>He cannot agree on the makeup of the government with his coalition partner Dr Abdullah Abdullah.<p>The continued political deadlock threatens the economic stability and security of the …

Mexico missing: Organised crime charges for ex-mayor's wife

<b>The wife of the former mayor of the Mexican city where 43 students went missing has been charged with organised crime and money laundering.</b><p>Prosecutors say Maria de los Angeles Pineda's brothers were in a drug gang that operated in Iguala, Guerrero.<p>They said police handed the students over to the …

Anti-Immigrant Protesters Rally Across Germany

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Turkish Airlines suspends all Libya flights amid security concerns

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Airlines, the last foreign airline operating in Libya, said on Tuesday it was suspending all flights to the north African country over concerns about worsening security.<p>Turkey’s flag carrier suspended all Misrata flights on Monday, and on Tuesday it said it would no …

Israeli military divided over whether to probe wartime conduct by soldiers in Gaza

A fierce debate is raging within Israel's military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year's Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers.<p>The dispute has set off a firestorm in Israel, where many say the legal …

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Search continues for American missing for weeks in Slovenia<p>Heat wave across Europe<p>Investigators hope to find answers in Mexico plane crash<p>People …

At least 12 Ukrainian servicemen killed in road accident

KIEV (Reuters) - At least 12 Ukrainian serviceman were killed and more than 20 injured when some military trucks collided with their bus in eastern Ukraine, police said on Tuesday.<p>The accident took place late on Monday near an area of conflict with pro-Russian separatists who are fighting Ukrainian …

Gunmen kill two Egyptian policemen guarding Coptic church

Gunmen opened fire and killed two policemen guarding a Coptic church south of Cairo early on Tuesday, security officials said as the nation's minority Coptic Christians prepared to mark Orthodox Christmas Eve.<p>The attack took place in the provincial capital of Minya, about 220 kilometres (135 miles) …

S Korea activists launch anti-North balloons

South Korean activists have launched balloons carrying leaflets condemning Pyongyang across the border, an act that could derail fresh attempts to resume long-stalled dialogue between the two rivals.<p>Monday's launch - the first this year - came just days after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un said …

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Germans take to the streets to oppose rise of far-right 'pinstripe Nazi' party

Thousands of Germans demonstrated in four cities on Monday in opposition to the weekly rallies in Dresden against the perceived “Islamisation” of Europe that have attracted growing numbers of supporters.<p>Organizers of the demonstrations in Berlin, Stuttgart, Cologne and Dresden said they were …

The Russian Who Claims Credit For Fanning The Flames In Ukraine

Last spring, eastern Ukraine was a struggling, rust-belt region of mines and metal works. Now it's a battle zone where armies face off with heavy weapons, and where nearly 5,000 people have died.<p>In Russia, one man claims to have touched off the conflagration, and he says he's proud of what he did. …

Pakistan's parliament votes for military courts to try insurgents

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s parliament on Tuesday passed legislation allowing military courts to try insurgents, one of a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on increasingly brutal attacks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 children last month.<p>With the unanimous vote of all lawmakers …

Islamic State 'police' official beheaded: Syria monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.<p>A black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the …

Tabloid, prominent Germans condemn anti-Muslim rallies

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Top-selling German tabloid Bild and 50 prominent Germans called on Tuesday for an end to what they see as rising xenophobia, a day after thousands of protesters in several German cities rallied against Muslim immigration.<p>Participants of an alternative rally use brooms …

Angela Merkel shows Cameron how to play politics on the world stage

Angela Merkel looks set to deliver a masterclass in international politics when she pays a flying visit to David Cameron in Downing Street on Wednesday. This is not to suggest the German chancellor will be in bossy mood; she is far too polite for that. It is simply that the gulf in the power and …