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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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Bin Laden s stepmother, sister killed in Saudi plane crash in UK

Bin Laden s stepmother, sister killed in Saudi plane crash in UK

 The stepmother and sister of slain al-Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden, have been killed after their private jet crashed at an airport in Hampshire, a county on the southern coast of England.A source close to Saudi Arabian authorities confirmed that Bin Laden s stepmother and sister, along with their Jordanian pilot, were killed after the jet crashed at a car auction site while trying to land at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire on Friday. There

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US: The Origin of Refugee Crisis in Europe

US: The Origin of Refugee Crisis in Europe

 Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States stands at the origin of many problems that the European Union faces today, including the problem of migration. Nothing could be further from the truth.The four wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya are the main reasons why Europe faces a massive influx of refugees right now. What is not in doubt is that the United States stands at the origins of the policies that have led to this

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Iran s President Invited to France

Iran s President Invited to France

 French President Francois Hollande has invited his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to pay a visit to the European country in November, France s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced.Fabius, who arrived in Tehran on Wednesday morning, said Hollande has invited President Rouhani to pay a visit to France in November.Fabius made the remark at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The top French

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France Can Have Broader Presence in Iran s Nuclear Industry: Zarif

France Can Have Broader Presence in Iran s Nuclear Industry: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday referred to the long history of Tehran-Paris relations and hoped for the enhancement of ties between the two countries."Iran and France have a long history of bilateral ties, and despite the ups and downs in recent years, we hope we would move towards more serious and stronger relations from now on," Zarif said in a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in

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UK rabbis denounce Israel’s ‘unjust’ demolition of Palestinian village

UK rabbis denounce Israel’s ‘unjust’ demolition of Palestinian village

 The British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights spoke out against the impending destruction of a small Palestinian community in Susiya in the West Bank, which would leave 450 residents homeless. Among the signatories were senior rabbis from synagogues across the UK, but mostly from the Liberal and Reform movements. The United Nations Development and Humanitarian Coordinator for Palestine has warned that if Israel goes ahead with the

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France Delivers First Batch of Fighter Jets to Egypt

France Delivers First Batch of Fighter Jets to Egypt

 Egypt on Monday took delivery of three Rafale fighter jets from France, the first of 24 warplanes sold in a 5.2 billion euro ($5.6 billion) deal earlier this year.Egyptian authorities took charge of the planes at an air base in southern France, and they will be flown to Cairo by specially trained pilots on Tuesday.Cairo is hoping to boost its military presence as it faces an unstable Libya to the west and threats from militants linked to

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UN Security Council approves Iran-P5+1 plan of action

UN Security Council approves Iran-P5+1 plan of action

 The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning into international law the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.All 15 members of the UNSC voted for the draft UN resolution in New York on Monday, setting the stage for the lifting of Security Council sanctions against Iran."The draft resolution has been

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German FM criticizes Israel over opposing Iran talks conclusion

German FM criticizes Israel over opposing Iran talks conclusion

 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticized Israel’s opposition to the conclusion of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear program, saying it will contribute to security in the Middle East. "This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way," Steinmeier said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD on Wednesday.

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Iran, World Powers Wrap Up Nuclear Talks in Vienna

Iran, World Powers Wrap Up Nuclear Talks in Vienna

 Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) concluded more than two weeks of talks over Tehran’s nuclear program in Vienna on Tuesday in a final round a senior Iranian lawmaker explained as “successful”.Hamid Baeedinejad, head of the Iranian team of experts and the director general for political and international affairs at Iran’s foreign ministry, announced in his Instagram page on Tuesday that the

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To Be or Not to Be? That Is the Question in Vienna

To Be or Not to Be? That Is the Question in Vienna

 The nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group are still ongoing in Vienna as the Americans have had a change of heart – again.This could be for two obvious reasons:-The American team walked back previous concessions and torpedoed the Lausanne framework agreement after having a video conference with President Barack Obama. Aided by the Western media, they are now causing a new extension to gamble on a quick Iranian concession.-The

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German FM urges readiness for compromise in Iran nuclear talks

German FM urges readiness for compromise in Iran nuclear talks

 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on all sides in the Iran negotiation process to show compromise to nail down a final comprehensive deal.Speaking to the press in Vienna on Sunday, Steinmeier stressed there was a unique chance to resolve the conflict, provided everyone shows courage and the readiness for a compromise, especially in Tehran.He added the resolution of the Iranian nuclear conflict means that the whole

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Iran, P5+1  very close  to final nuclear deal: EU s Mogherini

Iran, P5+1 very close to final nuclear deal: EU s Mogherini

 The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says a final deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over Tehran’s nuclear program is “very close” as a July 7 deadline approaches."We are very close," Mogherini told reporters on Sunday as she returned to the Austrian capital, Vienna, the venue of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers over the past nine days."The atmosphere is constructive, positive,"

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Polls close in Greece, with  No  vote in lead

Polls close in Greece, with No vote in lead

 Polls have closed in Greece referendum, which will determine the cash-strapped country’s future in the eurozone, with opinion polls showing a narrow win for the No vote.According to Greece Interior Ministry partial vote count shows No’ vote is in lead by accounting for 61 percent of early votes counted.Earlier in the day, a poll by the Star television channel, carried out during voting on Sunday and the day before, showed that

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UK knew Iraq was using chemical weapons on Iran

UK knew Iraq was using chemical weapons on Iran

 When Iraq attacked Iran in September 1980, it triggered an eight year devastating war. Led by Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi-imposed war came less than two years after the Islamic revolution in Iran.Iraq was being heavily supported by the US, the UK and other regional and international powers. The country was given loans, military equipment and satellite imagery. Iraq also used horrifying chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, against Iranian as

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BBC rejects MP requests to identify ISIL as ‘Daesh’

BBC rejects MP requests to identify ISIL as ‘Daesh’

 The BBC has rejected government requests to label the terrorist group operating in Syria and Iraq as ‘Daesh’, it has emerged.The request, written in a letter by MPs including Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond to stop using the term Islamic State was rejected by the director general, Tony Hall, despite being signed by 120 members of parliament.Hall said the term ‘Daesh’ does not observe the BBC s “impartiality,” the Times reports.

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Vienna Talks: The Ghosts of Lausanne Are Warning Us

Vienna Talks: The Ghosts of Lausanne Are Warning Us

 Mutual trust remains a massive work to be done in the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany.Although there were quite a few feel-good announcements in April, tensions between Tehran and Washington over the latter’s “endless demands” have intensified in recent days. This is while a number of alternative voices continue to advocate a rethinking of

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Military intervention in Syria to cost Turkey dearly: Opposition leader

Military intervention in Syria to cost Turkey dearly: Opposition leader

 Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has warned the government against any military intervention in neighboring Syria, saying such a move would cost Ankara dearly.“I am warning them (government officials) not to drag Turkey into an adventure; it would have a high cost,” said CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Monday, the Turkish Hurriyet daily reported.The senior opposition figure said that it is ordinary

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Israeli navy forces seize Swedish ship en route to Gaza: Reports

Israeli navy forces seize Swedish ship en route to Gaza: Reports

The Israeli navy troops have reportedly captured a Swedish ship en route the Gaza Strip to break the regime s long-time blockade of the Palestinian sliver.Contact was lost earlier with one of the vessels of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla III as Israeli navy ships approached the convoy, the Freedom Flotilla Organization said.The Swedish-registered the Marianne of Gothenberg was surrounded by Israeli gunboats while it was on the way to Gaza in

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France terror attack suspect reportedly admits to killing boss

France terror attack suspect reportedly admits to killing boss

Yassin Salhi, the man suspected of beheading his employer in a recent terrorist attack in France, has confessed to his crime, with reports saying he was being escorted home for further investigation.According to AFP on Monday, the 35-year-old suspect, a truck driver reportedly carrying an ISIL flag during the attack, confessed to murdering his boss, Herve Cornara, in a parking lot of a gas factory.Salhi murdered his boss an hour before he drove

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Understanding realities, political will are what Iran deal needs: Zarif

Understanding realities, political will are what Iran deal needs: Zarif

 “Serious understanding of the realities” is what a nuclear deal between Iran and global powers needs, says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.Zarif made the remarks at the Coburg hotel before leaving Vienna for Tehran late on Sunday.We can reach a conclusion “with political will” and if all sides “move forward based on what we have already agreed without excessive demands," he noted.Zarif said that during last week’s

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Migrant Crisis: The Death of the European Dream

Migrant Crisis: The Death of the European Dream

 Many have lamented the loss of the European dream, but few have the investigative skills necessary to dig into what happened.The perils facing desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to get to fortress Europe across the Mediterranean is being underscored almost daily with deadly shipwrecks off the African and Mediterranean coasts. With economic decay, foreign wars, terrorism, persecution and unemployment gripping at least

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French FM warns Israel over illegal settlement activities

French FM warns Israel over illegal settlement activities

The French foreign minister has called for the resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks, warning that Tel Aviv’s continued settlement expansion in the occupied lands scuttles the chances of a deal between the two sides.“What’s important is that negotiations restart,” Laurent Fabius told reporters during a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Saturday.He stressed, however, that the prospect of a solution to the conflict between

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Turkey’s democratic renaissance?

Turkey’s democratic renaissance?

By Ernest Maragall and Laura Batalla originally written for, and published by, Turkey’s Hurriyet daily news. With their votes, the Turkish people sent a strong message to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday’s free - if not really fair - election. Amid an alarming degree of polarization and tension, a large majority of Turkish society chose not to back Erdogan’s ambition to switch to a presidential system. Instead, the people of Turkey

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EU Urges Saudis to Stop Lashing Blogger

EU Urges Saudis to Stop Lashing Blogger

The EU renewed calls on Saudi Arabia to stop lashing blogger Raif Badawi after the country s top court upheld the sentence against him for insulting Wahhabism.Badawi received the first 50 of the 1,000 lashes he was sentenced to outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on January 9. Subsequent rounds of punishment were postponed on medical grounds, Yahoo News reported.But the Saudi Supreme Court then upheld the blogger s sentence of 10

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