Monthly Archives: November 2016

Exclusive: Jailed Islamic State suspects recall path to jihad in Iraq leftright 10/10leftright

When Kurdish forces began firing rockets at a suspected Islamic State hideout in northern Iraq, one of those inside, former bakery worker Walid Ismail, said he tried to persuade the others to surrender. Some wanted to hold hand grenades to their throats and pull the pins. In the end, a Tunisian militant among them detonated a suicide bomb, hoping to ...

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Water supply cut off for half of Iraq’s Mosul

Almost 650,000 people in Mosul left without water after pipeline was hit during fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIL. Fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIL fighters has cut water supplies across a large part of Mosul, affecting 40 percent of residents in the city where poorer families are already struggling to feed themselves. Water was cut to 650,000 people when ...

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Iran gives Trump chance to restore lost U.S. credibility in Middle East

After the unexpected election of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America, a new reality emerges not only for Americans but also for Europeans, who have been the most reliable and trustworthy allies of the United States in modern history, particularly during and after the Second World War. And with new realities, come new opportunities. A case ...

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Iran regime even more oppressive since nuclear deal, dissidents say

Now free in the West, recently escaped political dissidents say Iran’s regime has grown more oppressive since its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers that had hoped the agreement would moderate the Islamic-ruled nation. The protesters also say the billions of dollars in cash the U.S. shipped to Iran, plus the West’s release of frozen Iranian bank ...

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Iran Brushes Off Trump Influence; Oil Deals Continue

Iran is disavowing any impact that Donald Trump’s presidential victory earlier this month has had on the Islamic republic’s negotiations with international energy companies over its new oil projects. “We’ve felt nothing (negative) so far,” Iran’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Tuesday. He said that Iran is moving ahead with several basic agreements ...

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British woman can adopt girl found in box in Egypt, judge rules

A British woman can adopt a girl who was abandoned in a cardboard box on a street in Egypt shortly after birth, a high court judge has decided. Ms Justice Russell ruled that the woman, an NHS administrator, can bring up the six-year-old in the UK, despite objections from Egyptian authorities. The judge revealed details in a written ruling on ...

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Archaeologists uncover ‘lost city’ in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient ‘city’ and cemetery once used by officials tasked with building royal tombs. The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said that the find in the ancient city of Abydos dates back to the Early Dynastic Period, more than 4,500 years ago. 3,200-YEAR-OLD MUMMY DISCOVERED IN EGYPTIAN TOMB Hani Aboul-Azm, a ministry official, says around 15 large ...

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Australia to spend $8.8 billion on Christmas presents, more than half on credit

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the most expensive time of year. Australian shoppers will spend more than $48.1 billion in retail stores over the Christmas trading period, including more than $19 billion on food alone. On presents, Australians are expected to spend $8.8 billion, more than half of which will be spent on credit or store cards, according ...

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Australia wait over Neil Prakash extradition request

The Turkish government is yet to respond to Australia about the federal government’s wish to extradite Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash. “He’s obviously subject at the moment to the Turkish justice system, and Turkish legal processes,” Justice Minister Michael Keenan told ABC radio. Melbourne-born Prakash is being detained in Turkey after being arrested trying to leave Syria using false identity ...

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UK commander in Iraq calls for patience over retaking Mosul from Isis

Britain’s most senior commander in Iraq and Syria told politicians and diplomats to show patience in the battle to remove Islamic State from Mosul, despite Donald Trump’s pre-election demand that bombing against the terror group should be intensified. Maj-Gen Rupert Jones said daily attacks on Isis had led to “an extraordinary amount of progress” in the last year, but warned ...

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