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Saudi Arabia sentences 13 over plot to attack U.S. soldiers

22 Oct 2014
A Saudi court has sentenced 13 suspected members of an al Qaeda cell - 11 Saudis, a Qatari and an Afghan citizen - to up to 30 years in prison for plotting to attack US soldiers in Qatar and Kuwait, the state news agency SPA reported....
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Rise in divorce in Iran linked to shift in status of women

Iranian women
22 Oct 2014
Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party.   Local...
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Noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai renews call for education for all

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
22 Oct 2014
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education on Tuesday at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal. “No girl, no child, anywhere,...
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UN: Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide

Islamic State fighters
22 Oct 2014
The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday. "Facts are indicating that actions against Yazidis...
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Sudan's Bashir chosen by ruling party as candidate for 2015 elections

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses a crowd in North Khartoum, 8 June 2013.
21 Oct 2014
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has been chosen as the ruling party's candidate in presidential elections scheduled for April 2015, a senior official from the movement said on Tuesday.   The 70-year-old leader, wanted...
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Monitor: Islamic State wins ground from Syrian government in east

A black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc, 9 October 2014.
21 Oct 2014
Islamic State won territory from Syrian government forces in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday, its first gain there in about two months, a group that tracks the civil war reported.   Fighters from both sides were killed...
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Iran offers 'compromises' in nuclear talks, West unmoved

(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are photographed as they participate in a trilateral meeting in Vienna, 15 October 2014.
21 Oct 2014
Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a 24 Nov...
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Libya's parliament allies with renegade general, struggling to assert authority

Smoke is seen rising from the Brigade Qaqaa headquarters, a former Libyan Army camp known as Camp 7 April, behind members of the Libya Shield, following clashes between rival militias at the Sawani road district in Tripoli, 24 August 2014. 
20 Oct 2014
Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war.   Three years after the...
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Forbes: Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks

A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei, 3 June 2014.
20 Oct 2014
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O) is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday.   The wearable gadget'...
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UN nuclear chief suggests progress slow in Iran investigation

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano
20 Oct 2014
Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August, the head of the UN atomic energy agency said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an inquiry into suspected bomb...
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