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Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:08:51 -0700

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Jordanians seize 'Shark Tank'-like opportunity amid competition from Syrian refugees for work

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Stoic and composed, Itimad Bassam sat before the judges and confidently made her pitch.

“I will rescue old clothes that have been thrown away in my neighborhood and turn them into wearable secondhand clothes,” the 22-year-old told the panel. “There’s a factory in my neighborhood. I will convince...

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The world's fastest animal is in a race for survival in Iran

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

The three-acre hilltop park overlooking Iran’s smog-blanketed capital might seem like a nice spot for romance. But the couple has not been in the mood.

Delbar, a 4-year-old female Asiatic cheetah, was brought to the fenced enclosure at Tehran’s Pardisan park by conservation officials who hoped...

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'Mexico is one big cemetery.' The search for the secret graves of the disappeared

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

They gather shortly after daybreak outside a mini-market, the tropical heat thickening, the dawn haze in lethargic retreat. They hug and catch up, purchase water and snacks for the upcoming ordeal. New volunteers are welcomed.

“You’re not alone,” Lucia Diaz, a leader of the group, assures a young...

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India carries out 'surgical strikes' against Pakistan after Kashmir attack

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:55:00 PDT

The Indian military said Thursday that it had carried out strikes against bases inside Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

The operation came in response to the Sept. 18 raid on an army base in the disputed Kashmir territory that killed 18 Indian...

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Why the fight for Aleppo is a turning point in the Syrian war

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:15:00 PDT

Families huddle terrified in basements, stalked by staggeringly powerful explosions shaking the streets above. Wounded children writhe untreated on dirty clinic floors. Hospitals and rescue centers — a ravaged city’s last ragged line of defense — crumble daily into rubble, often appearing to have...

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Deaths on the Mediterranean Sea don't keep migrants from trying to reach Europe

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:15:00 PDT

When the smuggler’s boat sank a dozen miles off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, 17-year-old Attia Abdu Qamary fell into the choppy water with hundreds of other frightened migrants.

More than half looked like him -- teenage boys. Many had left their north coast fishing villages where the Nile River...

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Kerry warns that U.S. may suspend cooperation with Russia in Syria

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 PDT

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday threatened to suspend U.S. cooperation with Russia concerning the conflict in Syria, following heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in the divided city of Aleppo.

The warning signaled growing frustration and anger in the Obama...

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Pentagon to send about 600 more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from Islamic State

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:25:00 PDT

The Pentagon plans to send about 600 additional troops to Iraq to help launch a long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul in coming weeks, the most ambitious operation yet in the two-year military campaign against Islamic State.

The escalation, which has been approved by the White House, suggests...

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In a first for post-Taliban Afghanistan, a grass-roots protest movement challenges the government

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:05:00 PDT

Two years after assuming power, Afghanistan’s flailing, U.S.-brokered unity government is facing a growing challenge from the biggest grass-roots protest movement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Calling themselves the Enlightening, members of the Hazara ethnic minority have mobilized several...

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Trade ban approved for the pangolin - the world's most heavily trafficked mammal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:30:00 PDT

The pangolin is described as the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world. The nocturnal, ant-eating animal got a much-needed boost Wednesday at a U.N. wildlife conference that approved a ban on trade in all eight species of Asian and African pangolins.

The small creature is heavily poached...

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The Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation Shimon Peres envisioned is as elusive as ever

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:45:00 PDT

As the world mourns for former Israeli President Shimon Peres, the eulogies will be clouded by concern that the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation he had envisioned remains as remote as ever.

“At a time when he is leaving us, the idea of the two states is going through its worst days ever,’’ said...

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Iran upholds 16-year sentence for anti-death penalty campaigner Narges Mohammadi

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:30:00 PDT

An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a 16-year prison sentence for a prominent Iranian human rights advocate.

Narges Mohammadi had been sentenced in May on charges of violating national security and acting against the Islamic regime through her support of an anti-death penalty campaign.

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As drought grips Iran, farmers lament loss of a way of life

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Watermelons once sprung from this soil, the giant striped fruit dotting the arid landscape like mushrooms after a rain.

“It was such a garden,” farmer Hossain Mirakhouri, 45, recalled of his childhood on this sun-scorched plateau east of Tehran.

Now nothing remains of his family’s patch of watermelon,...

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Shimon Peres, Israeli leader instrumental in peace process, dies at 93

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:40:00 PDT

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, an omnipresent figure of the Israeli state, chief architect of its nuclear weapons program and a driving force behind its interim peace accords with the Palestinians, died Wednesday. He was 93.

The Nobel peace laureate had been hospitalized in the city of...

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Syrian government troops launch ground assault to retake Aleppo

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:55:00 PDT

For several days this month, a cease-fire brought some measure of peace to the embattled city of Aleppo, where warring sides in Syria’s civil war have long been locked in a stalemate.

But the lull in fighting quickly ended. The violence escalated dramatically Tuesday as pro-government forces launched...

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Moscow welcomes the (would-be) sovereign nations of California and Texas

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:35:00 PDT

The speaker was calling for California’s independence from the United States.

Alexei Gavrilko nodded approvingly. A burly, bearded, camouflage-wearing separatist from eastern Ukraine, he said he had come to the posh Moscow hotel just outside the Kremlin to “communicate with colleagues” representing...

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What people around the world thought of the first U.S. presidential debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:45:00 PDT

The first U.S. presidential debate broke viewership records at home - and the rest of the world watched with great interest too. Here's what people in other countries thought of the first head-to-head matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In Mexico, they were hoping Clinton would do...(image)



India has one of the world's biggest armies. Why doesn't it use it?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:35:00 PDT

Following a raid that killed 18 Indian soldiers at an army base in Kashmir, some commentators bayed for a thundering retaliatory strike against neighbor and rival Pakistan.

A “jaw for a tooth,” said one member of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party. “Wipe off Pakistan from the world’s map” with...

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Secretary of State Kerry meets for the first time with firebrand president of Venezuela

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:50:00 PDT

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday held his first meeting with the firebrand president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, whose country is mired in a humanitarian and political crisis.

The two men met on the margins of the signing here of a landmark peace pact ending Colombia's decades-old civil...

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It's been two years since 43 Mexican students disappeared, and we still don't know exactly what happened to them

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:35:00 PDT

Two years after 43 Mexican college students vanished in the southwestern city of Iguala, the case remains a grisly mystery and a dark stain on the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The public anger was on display Monday — the anniversary of the presumed mass killing — in Mexico...

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Colombia peace deal officially ends Western Hemisphere's longest war

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:30:00 PDT

As thousands of Colombians offered both hope and skepticism, the government of Colombia and leftist rebels who fought a bitter  civil war for more than half a century signed a historic peace accord Monday, closing the Western Hemisphere's longest armed conflict.

Heads of state from across the Americas...

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Vietnam, the biggest hub for illegal rhino horn trafficking, has done little to stop it

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:40:00 PDT

Vietnam has become the biggest hub in the world for trafficking in horns and other body parts of the rhinoceros, a critically endangered species which is being killed by poachers in South Africa at the rate of one every eight hours.

An estimated 1,300 rhinos are slaughtered for their horns across...

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China's self-proclaimed 'most charismatic philanthropist' accused of falsifying millions in donations

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Chen Guangbiao’s business card says it all. 

“Most Influential Person of China,” says the Chinese chief executive’s card, photos of which went viral in 2014. That’s followed by 10 other honorifics, including “China Moral Leader” and “Most Well-known and Beloved Chinese Role Model.”

Now, he might...

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Iran's supreme leader tells former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run again

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:30:00 PDT

With political pressure mounting on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ahead of elections next year, Tehran has been abuzz with rumors that combative former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was considering a comeback.

Not so fast, Iran’s supreme leader said Monday.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most powerful...

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Here's why the death of a 68-year-old farmer set off bitter protests in Seoul

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:20:00 PDT

As night fell, the line of mourners was still hundreds of people long, snaking from the memorial altar, down a corridor and out the funeral hall doors. The somber sounds of funeral hymns filled the air.

The mourners, shuffling forward, many with their heads bowed, had come to pay their respects...

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