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US Designates Iran, China as Countries of Concern Over Religious Freedom

Voa News | 03 Dec 2022

The United States on Friday designated China, Iran and Russia, among others, as countries of particular concern under the Religious Freedom Act over severe violations, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. In a statement, Blinken said those designated as countries of particular concern, which also include North Korea and Myanmar, engaged in...

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Syrian regime takes credit for killing IS leader in October

The New Arab | 02 Dec 2022

The Syrian regime army has taken credit for killing the head of the Islamic State (IS) group in an operation in the country's south in October, state media reported on Friday. These claims could not be verified however. Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi was killed in an operation carried out in the southern province of...

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Islamic State leader killed in battle, second for the year  

Hong Kong Standard | 01 Dec 2022

The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in battle recently, the group’s spokesman said in audio released Wednesday. He gave no further details. Al-Qurayshi is the second IS leader to be killed this year at a time when the extremist group has been trying to rise again with its sleeper cells...

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Emmanuel Macron: the man who would be king

New Statesman | 30 Nov 2022

As the former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger once apocryphally asked: “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” Over the subsequent decades, the best available answer has, of course, varied. But today it is surely: Emmanuel Macron. He has occupied the Élysée Palace for five years and has big, deeply thought-through ideas about the future of...

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Belgium opens biggest-ever criminal trial over 2016 bombings

Al Jazeera | 30 Nov 2022

Belgium has launched its biggest-ever criminal trial, a landmark prosecution of people accused of directing or aiding 2016 bombings in Brussels‘ metro and airport that killed 32 people. The prime French suspect in the dock on Wednesday confirmed his identity as proceedings began: “Abdeslam Salah, 33, electrical mechanic.” Salah gained notoriety...

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Trump Sued in Iraqi Court for Assassinations

Consortium News | 29 Nov 2022

Plaintiffs are demanding legal action against the former U.S. president and others, including Mike Pompeo, for the 2020 killing of Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military officer, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the commander of an Iraqi militia. Iran’s Qasem Soleimani, left, with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi militia commander, in 2017 in...

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Time Running Out to Save the Kurds in Syria

GlobalResearch | 28 Nov 2022

To receive Global Research’s Daily Newsletter (selected articles), click here. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter and subscribe to our Telegram Channel. Feel free to repost and share widely Global Research articles. *** The Kurds in northeastern Syria have established their semi-autonomous administration which they call “Rojava”. They are now under...

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Jordan’s military thwarts attempts to smuggle drugs from Syria

Arab News | 28 Nov 2022

AMMAN: Jordanian security forces have foiled two attempts to smuggle large quantities of drugs from Syria in two days, the Jordan News Agency reported. On Sunday,...

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Australia’s terrorism threat level changes to ‘possible’ after eight years as ‘probable’

The Observer | 28 Nov 2022

Australia’s terrorism threat level has changed to “possible” after eight years as “probable”, with security authorities saying the risk of a terror attack has reduced. The head of intelligence agency Asio, Mike Burgess, said the decision was “not taken lightly” but said there were now “fewer extremists with the intention to conduct an attack...

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Pentagon condemns rocket attack near US base in Syria

The Hill | 26 Nov 2022

The Pentagon on Friday condemned a rocket attack that targeted a U.S. base in northeastern Syria, which resulted in no injuries or damage. Two rockets were fired at the base in al-Shaddadi, Syria, at 10:31 p.m. local time, while a third unfired rocket was found at the rockets’ origin site, U.S. Central Command said in a press release....

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Germany's Merkel says she lacked political strength for pre-invasion Ukraine talks

RTE | 25 Nov 2022

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had aimed to convene European talks with Vladimir Putin the year before his invasion of Ukraine but in the end did not see any possibility of influencing the Russian president at the end of her term. Mrs Merkel told the Spiegel news magazine in an...

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Erdogan says Syria ground offensive will be launched by Turkey when 'convenient', Kurds prepare response

The Arab Weekly | 24 Nov 2022

ANKARA,- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey’s air operations against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria were only the beginning and it would launch a land operation when convenient after an escalation in retaliatory strikes. He said Turkey was more determined than ever to secure its southern border with a “security...

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Whoopi Goldberg: Hamas, Taliban as terror orgs 'depends who you talk to'

The Jerusalem Post | 24 Nov 2022

Classifying Hamas and the Taliban as terrorist organizations "depends on who you talk to," ABC's The View talk show hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin said on Tuesday in a discussion about potential Republican Party moves to remove Representative Ilhan Omar from congressional committees. During The View segment on Republican House leader Kevin...

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European Parliament declares Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

The Times of India | 23 Nov 2022

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament on Wednesday designated Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, arguing that its military strikes on Ukrainian civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law. European lawmakers voted in favour of...

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Turkey's Erdogan says Syrian airstrikes just 'the beginning'

Deutsche Welle | 23 Nov 2022

Ankara is on the verge of launching a full-scale ground offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But Russia is keen on finding "other ways of resolving the problem." ......

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Iran blames Israel after bomb kills Guards colonel in Syria

Gulf News | 23 Nov 2022

TEHRAN: An improvised bomb has killed an Iranian colonel from the aerospace division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps near Syria’s capital Damascus, Iranian media reported Wednesday, blaming arch foe Israel. The Islamic republic regularly calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, which in turn sees Iran, with its nuclear and ballistic...

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EU lawmakers set to name Russia a 'state sponsor' of terror

The Telegraph India | 23 Nov 2022

EU lawmakers look set to declare Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism" in line with pleas from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "Russia is directing attacks against the civilian population and targeting civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, medical facilities and schools," a document prepared by the European Parliament's research...

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Concern grows over Islamic radicalisation in coastal Karnataka

The Times of India | 22 Nov 2022

MANGALURU: The coastal belt, especially during elections, is often referred to as the ‘Hindutva factory’. However, the of the coast is becoming a matter of concern with a definitive link with the world of terror coming to light when police had arrested four persons for alleged links with Indian Mujahideen in 2008. According to an official, several...

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US, Russia urge restraint in Syria after Turkish strikes

The New Arab | 22 Nov 2022

The United States opposes any military action that destabilises the situation in Syria, a State Department spokesperson said, amid an escalation in retaliatory strikes by Turkey and a Kurdish militia along the Syrian border. Separately, Russia called on Turkey to show restraint in its use of "excessive" military force in Syria and to keep tensions...

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Erdogan says mulling ground operation in Syria

The Jordan Times | 22 Nov 2022

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he was mulling going beyond air strikes and launching a ground operation in Syria following a deadly rocket strike on a Turkish border town. Erdogan also renewed warnings that those attacking Turkey will pay dearly, a day after Ankara's forces launched air raids on bases of outlawed...