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Trump says Sweden crime comment based on TV report
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Trump says Sweden crime comment based on TV report
A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten U.S....
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Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State m...
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US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
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Monday, 20 February 2017
US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
BAGHDAD U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Do...
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Syria army ramps up shelling near capital ahead of talks
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Syria army ramps up shelling near capital ahead of talks
Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" jus...
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Debunking the Myth of Mike Pence: Who Is Destabilizing the Middle East?
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Debunking the Myth of Mike Pence: Who Is Destabilizing the Middle East?
This destabilization project consists in creating an arc of instability, chaos, and violence as part of a larger policy to expand US and NATO as a means of con...
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New Yorkers rally in solidarity with ‘I’m a Muslim too’ march
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Monday, 20 February 2017
New Yorkers rally in solidarity with ‘I’m a Muslim too’ march
have staged a rally to voice solidarity with Muslims, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s entry ban against people from some Muslim nations. The protesters...
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Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban
ROME, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continu...
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article Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul
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Monday, 20 February 2017
article Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul
(Adds comments paragraphs 10-11, 28) * Iraqi forces have captured eastern part of city. * New offensive targets western side of Tigris river. * Mosul was Islam...
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Syria army ramps up shelling near capital ahead of talks
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Syria army ramps up shelling near capital ahead of talks
Representatives from the opposition and of President Bashar al-Assad's regime are to head to Switzerland on Thursday for another attempt to end their country's...
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Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report
Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten US borders sharply for national security reasons, told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having ...
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Mattis Distances U.S. From Trump's Comments on Seizing Iraqi Oil
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Mattis Distances U.S. From Trump's Comments on Seizing Iraqi Oil
"I think all of us here in this room, all of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I'm sure that we will continue to do that in ...
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Barcelona protest draws thousands
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Barcelona protest draws thousands
Some 160,000 people have protested in Barcelona in an attempt to persuade the government to allow more refugees into Spain from war-hit areas such as Syria. Ma...
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Muslim Arab women also raped and tortured by Daesh, HRW says
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Muslim Arab women also raped and tortured by Daesh, HRW says
Fighters from the Daesh terrorist group, whose abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented, are raping and torturing Muslim Arab women too, Human Rig...
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27 Daesh terrorists killed in counter-terror ops carried out in Syria's al-Bab
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Monday, 20 February 2017
27 Daesh terrorists killed in counter-terror ops carried out in Syria's al-Bab
Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling have killed 27 Daesh terrorists as part of the operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from terroris...
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Herzog: I Demanded Settlement Freeze as Part of Unity Deal With Netanyahu
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Herzog: I Demanded Settlement Freeze as Part of Unity Deal With Netanyahu
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog with ministers Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett at the Knesset. Olivier Fitoussi Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog had de...
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Why the US should rethink its anti-ISIL Syria strategy
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Why the US should rethink its anti-ISIL Syria strategy
Rebel fighters in Jobar, Syria. Amer Almohibany / AFP Why the US should rethink its anti-ISIL Syria strategy The imminent battle to dislodge ISIL from Raqqa ...
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Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria
Their trousers are dirty and their faces are covered with soot. There has been no running water for a long time. Every evening, the men come here to warm up, b...
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Syrian children need a common curriculum: Experts
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Syrian children need a common curriculum: Experts
By Ilker Girit. ISTANBUL. Over 1,000 academics and professionals from nearly 60 institutions in the field of education, mostly in Arab countries, have called f...
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'Islamic State' fighters rape and torture Sunni Arab women: Human Rights Watch
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Monday, 20 February 2017
'Islamic State' fighters rape and torture Sunni Arab women: Human Rights Watch
Sunni Arab Muslim women and girls suffered arbitrary detentions, beatings, sexual abuse and forced marriage under "Islamic State" (IS) rule, the watchdog Human...
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US President Trump tries to clarify Sweden terror comments
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Monday, 20 February 2017
US President Trump tries to clarify Sweden terror comments
President Trump's comments about Sweden at a rally in Florida at the weekend caused confusion in the Scandinavian state. "You look at what's happening last nig...
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Global arms trade hits highest level since end of Cold War
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Global arms trade hits highest level since end of Cold War
The spike was fueled by conflicts in the Middle East, tensions in the South China Sea and the perceived threat from Russia to its neighbors, according to a stu...
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Lavrov: Further Delay in Syria's Political Settlement Cannot Suit Anyone
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Lavrov: Further Delay in Syria's Political Settlement Cannot Suit Anyone
Lavrov hailed the Astana initiative, through two rounds of meetings in the past two months, for "helping end the period of endless waiting on the part of UN co...
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'I'm not ranting and raving': 7 takeaways from Donald Trump's 77-minute solo press conference
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Monday, 20 February 2017
'I'm not ranting and raving': 7 takeaways from Donald Trump's 77-minute solo press conference
US President Donald Trump put up a defence of his first month in office in a rowdy, free-for-all news conference hastily staged in the East Room of the White H...
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Unconventional cash project challenges aid status quo in Lebanon
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Unconventional cash project challenges aid status quo in Lebanon
The EU and Britain have met resistance to a new $85 million project to simplify cash allowances for Syrian refugees. In future, only one contractor will handle...
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Defence secretary Jim Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Defence secretary Jim Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil
Aljazeera - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, on an unannounced visit to Iraq, said the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an ...
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Syria army escalates shelling near Damascus ahead of talks
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Syria army escalates shelling near Damascus ahead of talks
DAMASCUS - Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody m...
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HRW says IS jihadists raping, torturing Sunni Arab women too
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Monday, 20 February 2017
HRW says IS jihadists raping, torturing Sunni Arab women too
NEW YORK - Fighters from the Islamic State group, whose abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented, are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women too, H...
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Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report
A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on ...
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Ankara Criticizes Tehran’s Sectarianism
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Ankara Criticizes Tehran’s Sectarianism
Ankara – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Iran strategy and role played in the region has a destabilizing nature with an end goal of mak...
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Global symposium brings military leaders, Green Berets documentary to bay area
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Global symposium brings military leaders, Green Berets documentary to bay area
Against this backdrop, the Romanian chief of defense will be one of more than a dozen high-ranking foreign and U.S. military officials coming to the Tampa area...
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Spokesman: Turkey’s FM remarks in Munich 'unconstructive'
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Monday, 20 February 2017
Spokesman: Turkey’s FM remarks in Munich 'unconstructive'
Tehran, Feb 19, IRNA – Iran considers remarks of Turkey’s foreign minister in Munich “unconstructive” and believes that nobody is guilty for instability and in...
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