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After setbacks, Obama seeks to regain momentum

Barack Obama
29 Jan 2014
President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America's middle class in a State of the Union address that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a...
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Christians increasingly under threat

25 Dec 2013
 Thousands of Christians are killed every year because of their faith and the persecution is becoming more widespread, Catholic observers said as Christmas celebrations are increasingly marred by attacks in at-risk countries. Pope...
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Special Report: Why Ukraine spurned the EU and embraced Russia

Ukraine protesters press government on EU trade deal
19 Dec 2013
On 4 September, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called a meeting of his political party for the first time in three years, summoning members to an old Soviet-era cinema called Zoryany in Kiev. For three hours Yanukovich cajoled...
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Analysis: Saudis have few options as they push tougher foreign policy

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal speaks during a joint news conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) in Riyadh 4 November 2013.
02 Dec 2013
Saudi Arabia seems to have few viable options for pursuing a more independent and forthright foreign policy, despite its deep unease about the West’s tentative rapprochement with Iran.   Upset with the United States, senior...
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Last Jew in Afghanistan faces ruin as kebabs fail to sell

Zabulon Simantov, an Afghan Jew, prays at a Jewish cemetery in Kabul 5 November 2013. 
14 Nov 2013
Zabulon Simintov always removes his kippah, the skullcap worn by Jewish men, before entering his cafe in a dilapidated building that also houses Afghanistan’s last synagogue.   “Let me take off my cap, otherwise people...
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Exclusive: Syria chemical weapons mission funded only through this month

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad drive a military vehicle carrying a picture of Assad on its windscreen as smoke rises in the background in the town of Safira 1 November 2013
05 Nov 2013
The international body tasked with eliminating Syria's chemical weapons has raised only enough money so far to fund its mission through this month, and more cash will have to be found soon to pay for the destruction of poison gas ...
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Syrian artists find refuge and acclaim in neighboring Lebanon

Nihad al Turk, a Syrian artist, stands near his paintings at the Ayyam gallery in Beirut August 19, 2013. 
21 Sep 2013
Splashes of color on a canvas painted by Imad Habbab depict the moment of an explosion in Syria's civil war.   “The explosion is about a moment that can erase all dreams, all opportunities, all ideas,” said the curly-...
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Analysis: Surprise or not, U.S. strikes can still hurt Assad

05 Sep 2013
It would hardly be a surprise to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his military if American missiles start hitting Syria soon. With weeks to prepare for an attack, Assad might benefit in some ways from the delay in any strike caused by...
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Cornered Hamas looks back at Iran, Hezbollah

20 Aug 2013
Stunned by turmoil in neighboring Egypt and starved of funds, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to repair damaged ties with its traditional Middle East allies, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party. An off-shoot of the Muslim...
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Free Syrian Army fighters recount falling in love during war

07 Apr 2013
  ALEPPO — While being a landscape of warfare and death for the last two years, love and romance has not been killed by Syria’s ongoing revolution. Mahmoud Abu Jafaar, 29, used to be a driver, while Nour, 22, worked as a...
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