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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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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.

Galaxy Note 7 Recall Dismays South Korea, the ‘Republic of Samsung’

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:23:10 GMT

A man passes by a Samsung electronics shop in South Korea, where life can literally begin and end with Samsung.The withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7, because it is prone to catch fire, is a source of humiliation to many in a country that had prided itself on the company’s success.

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China’s Antigraft Enforcers Take On a New Role: Policing Loyalty

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:26:50 GMT

President Xi Jinping of China at the Great Hall of the People in September. The Communist Party’s anticorruption commission has assumed a growing role as political inquisitor, investigating the commitment of cadres to Mr. Xi and his agenda.The Communist Party’s anticorruption commission investigates state agencies and businesses to keep them in line as President Xi Jinping prepares for a new five-year term.

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Kigeli V, the Last King in Rwanda Dynasty, Dies at 80

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:07:26 GMT

Kigeli V, a towering presence at 7 feet 2 inches, reigned for less than two years.The monarch, who reigned for less than two years and spent over 50 in exile, ended up a pauper in Washington.

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Scotland Embraces Gay Politicians in a Profound Cultural Shift

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:04:35 GMT

A gay bar in Glasgow. In the span of a generation, Scotland has shed much of its traditional social conservatism and enthusiastically embraced diversity in sexuality.Once known as a bastion of social conservatism, Scotland has changed dramatically in a generation, not least through the election of gay candidates.

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The Interpreter: Donald Trump’s Threat to Reject Election Results Alarms Scholars

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:49:38 GMT

Donald J. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that the election will be “rigged” and “taken away from us.” Political scientists say this type of rhetoric erodes popular faith in democracy.Mr. Trump’s claims that the vote will be “rigged” and “taken away from us” erodes popular faith in democracy, political scientists say.

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Colombian Airline Halts Some Flights After Brush With Venezuelan Jet

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:17:11 GMT

Avianca grounded all flights to Caracas, Venezuela, and rerouted several others to avoid Venezuelan airspace until further notice.

26 Asian Sailors Released After Ransom, Somali Pirate Says

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:49:19 GMT

The pirate said $1.5 million had been paid for the release of the sailors, seized in 2012 and among the few hostages still in the hands of Somali pirates.

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.

What in the World: A Traveler’s Guide to Customs: When to Shake Hands, Hug or Kiss

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:22:13 GMT

You might end up touching noses in New Zealand, figuring out how many air kisses to give in France, or receiving a bone-crushing handshake in Russia.

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What in the World: Rosemary and Time: Does This Italian Hamlet Have a Recipe for Long Life?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:34 GMT

Antonio Vassallo, 100, and his wife, Amina Fedullo, 93, at home in Acciaroli, Italy.Researchers believe food choices and environmental factors could help explain exceptional longevity among the inhabitants of Acciaroli, Italy.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Don’t Dress Your Age

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:07:41 GMT

A Paris fashion event in 2007.Women over 40 get too much unwanted advice on what to wear. Stuff it!

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Opinion: The Siege Starts Without Warning

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:05:27 GMT

Sarajevo, 1993. Sarajevo was the last great city at the western boundary of the Ottoman Empire, while Aleppo was the greatest city on its eastern side.Twenty-four years ago I was a young man in Sarajevo. Now I watch Aleppo and imagine what life is like there.

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Editorial: Britain’s Step Toward Justice for Gay Men

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:30:21 GMT

Posthumously erasing convictions for gross indecency, sodomy and “crimes against nature” is a critical move in the right direction.

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Postcard From the Hajj: A Pilgrim’s Progress: Checking Mecca Off My Bucket List

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:32:12 GMT

“Pilgrims surprised me with their warmth.”This reporter’s long-dreamed-of journey to explore the heart of Islam revealed surprises, debunked stereotypes and produced one stunning bird video.

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Postscript: One Year Later, a Tip About a Border Crossing Pays Off

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:21:57 GMT

Laborers transported ammonium nitrate at the crossing from Akcakale, Turkey, into Syria in April 2015. The compound, a common fertilizer, has been used by terrorists to create explosives.How New York Times reporting may have made the Middle East just a little bit safer.

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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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Devanampattinam Journal: Mortal to Divine and Back: India’s Transgender Goddesses

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:25:04 GMT

During the 10-day Hindu festival Mayana Kollai, the troubles of transgender women are distant as they transform into the deities they worship and are revered by villagers.

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