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2 Yazidi Women Who Fled ISIS Slavery Receive E.U.’s Sakharov Prize

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:26:39 GMT

Nadia Murad in Ottawa on Tuesday. She created a global campaign to draw attention to the plight of Yazidis who are being held in sex slavery or remain displaced.The European Parliament awarded Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar its top human rights prize.

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Israeli Veterans Fight One Last Battle: Reclaim Their Legacy From ‘Profanity’

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:07 GMT

Haim Gouri, second from right, an Israeli poet and veteran of the Palmach strike force, at a protest against a plan to name part of a heritage site for Rehavam Zeevi, an assassinated former general and politician.Members of an elite force from the 1948 war are protesting a decision to memorialize a general who has been posthumously accused of sexual assault and criminal ties.

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Russia Drops Bid to Dock Ships at Spanish Port as NATO Adds Pressure

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:15:55 GMT

The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov near Norway last week. Moscow sent the carrier and several other vessels through the English Channel on Friday.The warships were en route to the Mediterranean to bolster the bombing campaign against the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

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Airstrikes Hit a Syrian School, Killing Dozens

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:21:46 GMT

A classroom in Haas, Syria, that was damaged by an airstrike on Wednesday.The assault in Idlib province may have been the deadliest attack on a school since the war began in 2011, Unicef said.

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As U.N. Ignores Jewish Ties to Holy Site, Israel Produces Ancient Evidence

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:34:01 GMT

A papyrus fragment dating back to the seventh century B.C. is the earliest known nonbiblical source to mention Jerusalem in the Hebrew language.The Israel Antiquities Authority unveiled a preserved papyrus fragment from the seventh century B.C., written in ancient Hebrew, that mentions Jerusalem by name.

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Warning of ISIS Plots Against West, U.S. Plans Assault on Raqqa

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:14:20 GMT

Fighters on parade in 2014 in Raqqa Province in Syria. The city of Raqqa serves as the Islamic State’s de facto capital.Senior military officials said the fight would begin within weeks to retake the de facto ISIS capital, where planning is believed to be underway on terrorist attacks.

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ISIS Sent Four Car Bombs. The Last One Hit Me.

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:58 GMT

Iraqi soldiers fired at a suicide car bomb.After a long day in a convoy near Mosul, it seemed safe for a photographer and Iraqi troops to exit their vehicle. Suddenly someone screamed, “Car bomb!”

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Gay American Politician Visits Iran. Secret Agents Are on the Case.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:00:06 GMT

Mahmoud Alawi, Iran’s intelligence minister, answering questions on Tuesday during an open session of Parliament in Tehran.Iran’s intelligence minister, facing criticism in Parliament, asserted that the Utah state senator was kept under tight surveillance during a recent visit.

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Mosul Fight Unleashes New Horrors on Civilians

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:48:53 GMT

Families who were displaced by the operation to retake Mosul, on Monday near Qayyarah, Iraq.The Islamic State is carrying out mass killings and using human shields. Refugees are being turned away over fears terrorist sleeper cells. Burning sulfur has sickened dozens.

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For Iran, Exerting Force While Making Nice Is Part of the Plan

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:21 GMT

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran at the United Nations in New York last month.An expanding military role and tough talk placate hard-liners even as Tehran welcomes Western investment and gradually extends new freedoms to Iranians.

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Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, Former Emir of Qatar, Dies at 84

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:03:09 GMT

Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani in 1988.As the Gulf nation’s leader from 1972 to 1995, Sheikh Khalifa oversaw Qatar’s independence from Britain and the rapid modernization of its economy.

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Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Middle East in ‘Free Fall’

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:23 GMT

An oil well set alight by the Islamic State in Qayyarah, south of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday. President Obama is on track to leave his successor an improved military situation on the ground, but the region remains torn by many other conflicts.The next president faces problems more daunting than any in a generation, as the old order has given way to a kaleidoscopic mix of alliances, rivalries and overlapping crises.

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Turkey’s Push to Join Battle for Mosul Inflames Tension With Iraq

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:38:59 GMT

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in Ankara last week. Turkey has about 600 to 800 troops at Bashiqa, near Mosul, a deployment that Iraq says it never approved.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on a direct role, citing a “historical responsibility” that Iraq rejects, is undermining American goals in the region.

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Feature: Miri Regev’s Culture War

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:03 GMT

Miri RegevThe Israeli minister of culture and sports wants nothing less than an overthrow of the nation’s elite.

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Egyptian Army Officer Killed Outside Home; Militant Group Is Suspected

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:44:02 GMT

The shooting, the highest-profile attack against an army official since 2013, was thought to be linked to the officer’s role in destroying tunnels used by Hamas.

Libyan Forces, Fighting ISIS in Surt, Free 13 Foreign Captives

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:32:56 GMT

The Libyan pro-government forces freed 13 foreigners after a battle to recapture part of the city, an Islamic State stronghold.

Pentagon Expects Mosul Push to Unlock Trove of ISIS Intelligence

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:33:38 GMT

Iraqi forces fired mortar shells at Islamic State positions south of Mosul on Friday.Dozens of extra analysts have been dispatched to Iraq to pore over data that could offer insight into the group’s operations and future terror plots.

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Turkish Dam Project Threatens to Submerge Thousands of Years of History

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:50:16 GMT

The Turkish town of Hasankeyf will be submerged under 200 feet of water after a hydroelectric dam now under construction is completed.A contentious dam project that dates to the 1950s is more than 80 percent complete, and the filling of a reservoir will swamp much of the town of Hasankeyf.

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How Omran Daqneesh, 5, Became a Symbol of Aleppo’s Suffering

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:34:53 GMT

Images of the dazed and injured child have quickly made him an emblem of the harrowing misery of Syria’s five-year-old civil war.

Op-Ed Contributor: How to Save Obama’s Legacy in Palestine

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:46:41 GMT

We had hope when Obama took office. He now has a few months left to make good.

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Editorial: Turkey Barges Into the Mosul Fight

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:53:57 GMT

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey speaking last week about heightened tensions between Turkey and Iraq.President Erdogan wants a direct role in the battle, but his real priority seems to be defeating Kurdish separatists.

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On Baseball: Kyle Schwarber Returns, and It’s Like He Never Left

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:59:02 GMT

Kyle Schwarber, shown hitting an R.B.I. single in Game 2, hasn’t missed a beat at the plate despite not playing for 200 days.Before Schwarber, no position player had ever gotten his first hit of a season in the World Series.

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