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International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea

25 Oct 2014
An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to tackle money-laundering and financing of terrorism.   The Financial...
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Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
25 Oct 2014
A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State...
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US says Palestinian-American killed by Israeli forces

25 Oct 2014
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-American youth during clashes on Friday, the US State Department said, calling for a quick and transparent investigation. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north...
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Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites fear they are at mercy of region's tumult

Demonstrators gather in Qatif in the Shiite-populated Eastern Province of the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 8 July 2012 
24 Oct 2014
The Shi’ite Muslim minority in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have long felt marginalised by the Sunni ruling dynasty, and protests for greater rights as part of the 2011 Arab Spring brought a crackdown on both protesters and...
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Police: Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria

A customer samples a handgun at a shop in Glendale, California. Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty
24 Oct 2014
The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday....
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US: Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, prepare to board a bus in Baghdad, 20 June 2014.
24 Oct 2014
Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the US military's Central Command said on...
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Bangladesh Islamist leader convicted of war crimes dies

People take part in Friday prayers as members of the police stand guard in Dhaka January 3, 2014.
24 Oct 2014
A Bangladeshi Islamist party leader serving 90 years in prison for crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence has died, a doctor said. Ghulam Azam, 92, a former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party suffered cardiac failure,...
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Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

Turkish Kurds watch as smoke and dust rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, 22 October 2014.
23 Oct 2014
Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria...
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Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack

Residents stand in front of a damaged building after a bomb blast in a residential area in Karachi on 3 March 2013.
23 Oct 2014
Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed, and one wounded, on Thursday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said.   No one immediately claimed...
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Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement

A burnt tank belonging to the Ukrainian forces, according to locals, is seen outside the village of Mnogopolye, southeast from Donetsk September 5, 2014.
23 Oct 2014
The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.   Most of the tanks were used by the...
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