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Muslim men over 50 return to Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque, tension high

Palestinian worshipers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on 12 July 2013.
31 Oct 2014
Muslim worshippers over the age of 50 returned to pray at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, a day after Israeli authorities shut down all access to the sacred compound following violence in East Jerusalem. The Muslim...
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Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque compound

Palestinian worshipers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on 12 July 2013.
31 Oct 2014
Israel decided Thursday evening to reopen Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound hours after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in. “It was decided to restore (the...
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Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

A protester wipes his face outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on 30 October 2014, as cars and documents burn outside.
31 Oct 2014
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent...
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US: Egypt has right to build Gaza buffer zone

31 Oct 2014
Egypt has the right to use a Gaza buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday. "Certainly we believe that Egypt has the right to take steps to...
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Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014.
31 Oct 2014
Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was - until recently - an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.  ...
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US 'deeply concerned' by Burkina Faso crisis

A protester wipes his face outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on 30 October 2014, as cars and documents burn outside.
30 Oct 2014
The United States warned Thursday that it was "deeply concerned" about the crisis unfolding in Burkina Faso and criticized a bid by the West African country's president to alter the constitution.   "We believe...
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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is welcomed by Turkish Kurds after crossing into Turkey near the Habur border gate in the southeastern city of Silopi, 29 October 2014.
30 Oct 2014
A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.  ...
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US drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan

Residents stand inside a damaged house after a missile attack in Damadola village of the Bajaur tribal region in Pakistan 15 May 2008. 
30 Oct 2014
A suspected US drone strike killed at least five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander.   US drone strikes have escalated...
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Microsoft launches wearable fitness device for $199

30 Oct 2014
Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the wearable technology market....
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Israel closes Al-Aqsa Mosque for first time since 2002

Palestinian worshipers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on 12 July 2013.
30 Oct 2014
Israel took the rare step of totally closing Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque in the face of visitors of all faiths, a first since 2002. Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday after he fired at them resisting arrest in East...
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