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If we want Assad down, we won t get far: French FM

If we want Assad down, we won t get far: French FM

 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says a diplomatic resolution to Syria’s crisis is impossible without Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.“If we require, even before negotiations start, that Assad step down, we won t get far,” Fabius was quoted as saying in a preview of the French daily Le Figaro’s Tuesday edition. He added that the formation of a national unity government with elements of Assad’s administration is required in

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Greek Orthodox Archbishop: We are united with Muslim brothers in face of Israeli attacks

Greek Orthodox Archbishop: We are united with Muslim brothers in face of Israeli attacks

 Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna visited Wednesday morning the Jerusalemite youths who were injured over the past three days while trying to prevent Israeli settlers and forces’ break-ins into al-Aqsa mosque.During a press conference held shortly after his visit to Makassed Hospital, Archbishop Hanna denounced Israeli escalated attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque and sit-inners.He stressed the urgent need for a real action in

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EC Secretary Blames US, Israel for Displacement of Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis

EC Secretary Blames US, Israel for Displacement of Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis

 Secretary of Iran s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee voiced concern about the situation of Iraqi, Syrian and Yemeni refugees, and took the US and Israel responsible for their displacement."The US and Israel are the main culprits behind the Yemeni, Syrian and Iraqi people s displacement," Rezayee told reporters in the Central city of Qom on Thursday.He blasted the ignorance of those countries which claim to be advocates of human rights

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‘UK parliament has to consider Netanyahu arrest petition for debate’

‘UK parliament has to consider Netanyahu arrest petition for debate’

 The UK parliament will have to consider a petition for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Britain since the number of its signatures has crossed well above the 100,000 mark needed for a parliamentary debate.The petition put up on the parliament website by British citizen Damian Moran says, “Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes

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Paying the Price: Mideast Chaos Reaches Europe

Paying the Price: Mideast Chaos Reaches Europe

 More than four years ago, Iran s Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned the United States, Europe and their regional allies of the high price they would eventually pay for supporting terrorists to affect regime change in Syria.The coalition of regime changers ignored his historic warning then. They are paying the price now:Leaving behind at least five million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, some 200,000 refugees - most of

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Iran sanctions removal to promote EU ties: Larijani

Iran sanctions removal to promote EU ties: Larijani

 Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says the removal of bans against Tehran over its nuclear program will create new opportunities for Iran and the European Union (EU) member states to improve trade relations.“The lifting of sanctions can open a new horizon in trade and commercial relations between Iran and the European Union [member states], particularly the Czech Republic,” Larijani said in a meeting with Czech Minister

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Merkel: No Legal Limit to Asylum Seekers Germany Can Take

Merkel: No Legal Limit to Asylum Seekers Germany Can Take

 Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that her country won t stop anyone from seeking asylum, as thousands of migrants desperate to leave Hungary made their way westward to Germany and Austria.German officials recently predicted that up to 800,000 migrants would arrive by the end of the year, many of them refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Eritrea."The right to political asylum has no limits on the number of asylum

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Europe Shares the Sin: Toddlers Drowning in the Mediterranean

Europe Shares the Sin: Toddlers Drowning in the Mediterranean

 Europe is finally realizing what it has done to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Soon it will wake up to the nightmare of Yemen too. It won’t take long.Pundits suggest a mixture of reasons why tens of thousands of refugees pour into countries across Europe. These include poor reception and lack of future in host countries in the Middle East, the wars not getting any better, and the knock-on effect of underfunded UN bodies working with

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Over 100,000 sign online petition calling for Netanyahu’s arrest

Over 100,000 sign online petition calling for Netanyahu’s arrest

 More than 100,000 people in the United Kingdom have now signed a petition demanding the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes against Palestinians when he visits London later this month.The petition, which was published on the website of the British Parliament on August 7, calls upon the British government to apprehend the 65-year-old chairman of Israel’s Likud party upon arrival in London next Wednesday for

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Hungarian PM: Refugees Threaten Europe’s Christian Identity

Hungarian PM: Refugees Threaten Europe’s Christian Identity

 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned Thursday that the wave of refugees and migrants coming to Europe and the EU s "failed immigration policy" threaten to undermine the continent s Christian roots."If you re being overrun, you can t accept" migrants, he wrote in German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, adding that most were Muslims, not Christians."We must not forget that those who are coming in have been brought up

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Australia tells Europe: Join ISIS strikes & you’ll solve your migrant problems

Australia tells Europe: Join ISIS strikes & you’ll solve your migrant problems

 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called for more European countries to join airstrikes against Islamic State, claiming that bombing will relieve the refugee crisis. Australia has not agreed to an US request to expand its own operations against jihadists into Syria,Bishop said that 40 percent of refugees trying to enter Europe are coming from Syria, suggesting that additional strikes would help reduce that number.“There s more

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3 people injured in attack by armed man on Amsterdam-Paris train

3 people injured in attack by armed man on Amsterdam-Paris train

 An armed man has attacked people on board a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, injuring three.The incident occurred on Friday afternoon (1600 GMT) at the rear of a high-speed Thalys train near the northern French city of Arras.The 26-year-old assailant, who was carrying a knife, a handgun and cartridges in addition to his Kalashnikov rifle, was reportedly taken down by two off-duty US marines who were onboard the train and was taken

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Islamic Radios, TVs Union Summit Kicks Off in Tehran

Islamic Radios, TVs Union Summit Kicks Off in Tehran

 The eighth General Assembly of Islamic Radios and TVs Union (IRTVU) started work on Sunday in the Iranian capital of Tehran.The General Assembly was opened this morning in a special ceremony held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) International Conference Hall.Various national and international officials including former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, IRIB Chief Mohammad Sarafraz, and International Adviser to Supreme

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Over 50,000 demand Netanyahu arrest for war crimes during UK visit

Over 50,000 demand Netanyahu arrest for war crimes during UK visit

 More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he pays an official visit to Britain next month.The petition, published on the UK parliament website, demands the arrest of Israel’s 65-year-old chairman of the Likud party upon arrival in London for “the massacre of over 2,000 civilians in 2014.”The British government is expected to respond to the

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This Is Not a Drill: Russian and NATO Forces Preparing for War?

This Is Not a Drill: Russian and NATO Forces Preparing for War?

 The world should take note: War games conducted by Russian and NATO forces are not hypothetical at all. They are raising the specter of a very real conflict on the European continent.According to the European Leadership Network (ELN), a think thank based in London, "Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated considerably" - at least in part due to war games that feed a climate

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UK Families of Iraq War Victims Threaten Legal Action over Inquiry Delay

UK Families of Iraq War Victims Threaten Legal Action over Inquiry Delay

 Families of British soldiers killed following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 threatened Thursday to take legal action unless a long-awaited report from a public inquiry into the war is published.Lawyers representing 29 families have given the inquiry, set up six years ago to learn lessons from the conflict, two more weeks to give a publication date by the end of the year or they will take the issue to London s High Court."There have

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45,000 demand Israel PM Netanyahu’s arrest for ‘war crimes’ during UK state visit

45,000 demand Israel PM Netanyahu’s arrest for ‘war crimes’ during UK state visit

 A petition calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for ‘war crimes’ when he arrives in London next month has been signed by over 45,000 people.Netanyahu will arrive in London on a state visit in September and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron.According to Jewish News, the Iranian nuclear deal and the impasse in the Israel-Palestine peace process will be key issues on the agenda during the

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Britons sign petition, urging Netanyahu’s arrest

Britons sign petition, urging Netanyahu’s arrest

 People in Britain have been signing a petition that calls on the government to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival in the UK next month.The petition entitled “Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in London” is available at a petitions website set up by the UK government and parliament.“Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law, he

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ISIS French leader killed in northern Syria

ISIS French leader killed in northern Syria

 A French extremist and senior member of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) takfiri group, was killed in a Syrian army raid on the takfiris positions in Aleppo province on Sunday.Omar Diabi, 40, joined the ISIL group in 2013, Fars news reported.The French government has voiced serious concern over its citizens joining ISIL in Syria, and stated that over 1,700 of its citizens are in contact with Takfiri networks

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Pope Francis calls for nuclear weapons ban

Pope Francis calls for nuclear weapons ban

  The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 year ago is ‘a permanent warning to humanity’ to to reject war and ban weapons of mass destruction, Pope Francis said.“Seventy years ago, on the sixth and the ninth of August 1945, the terrible atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place. Even after so many years, this tragic event still arouses horror and revulsion,” he told the faithful in his weekly Angelus address at

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IRIB denies ban on Sami Yusuf’s music

IRIB denies ban on Sami Yusuf’s music

 slamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Director Mohammad Sarafraz has denied a report alleging the existence of a ban on the Iranian-born British Muslim singer Sami Yusuf’s music on Iranian state TV.He attended a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday and delivered a speech about the Western media’s “hostile attitude” toward Iran.“The social networks publish false news reports and newspapers and news websites quote from these reports,” he

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Italy Eyes Long-Term Economic Cooperation with Iran

Italy Eyes Long-Term Economic Cooperation with Iran

 Italy seeks to establish long-term mutual cooperation with Iran following a final nuclear deal over Tehran’s nuclear program rather than just target the consumer market of Iran, Italian Minister of Economic Development Frederica Guidi said.Italy is not focusing on Iran’s market alone, but “mutual and long-term cooperation” with Tehran is among Rome’s top priorities for the post-sanctions era in Iran, Guidi said in a meeting with

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Western Media Boycotting, Distorting Leader’s Letter to Youths: Iranian Official

Western Media Boycotting, Distorting Leader’s Letter to Youths: Iranian Official

 An official with the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening deplored Western media s approach to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei s letter to European and North American Youths.The Western media s main approach"is boycotting or systematically distorting the letter," said Hamid Reza Moqaddamfar, in charge of the assembly s cultural department, while addressing the Muslim Doctors Conference in the

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Washington responsible for crash of Malaysian airliner over Ukraine: Dr. Roberts

Washington responsible for crash of Malaysian airliner over Ukraine: Dr. Roberts

 A former White House official says the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year was a plot hatched in Washington and implemented with the help of the government in Kiev in order to implicate Russia.Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.On July

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