Pope says religion can’t justify violence

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Citizens wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Mother Teresa square in central Tirana on September 21, 2014Tirana (AFP) – Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

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Deal to end Yemen crisis signed

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The Yemeni government and Shia Houthi rebels sign an agreement aimed at ending the political crisis which has gripped the country for weeks.
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U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight

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By Missy Ryan and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines. President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat mission, but military officials and former officials say the reality of a protracted campaign in Iraq and possibly Syria may ultimately require greater use of U.S. …
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UN General Assembly to focus on war on extremists

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FILE - This Saturday, July 5, 2014 file image made from video posted on a militant website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq. The Islamic State group will likely take center stage when more than 140 heads of state of government convene for the U.N. General Assembly the week of Sept. 22. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — A brutal terrorist organization that calls itself a state but lacks recognition from any government will take center stage when more than 140 heads of state and government convene for the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly this week.

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Turkish troops clear border Kurds

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Turkish troops fire water cannon and tear gas at crowds which had gathered at the border in support of Syrian Kurdish refugees.
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At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports

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In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, athletes from Syria march into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world’s population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There’s Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn’t. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet -North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan? Welcome to the Asian Games, where, as the organizers put it, "Diversity Shines." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet — North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?

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Muslims and Christians throng Albania streets to greet Pope

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Pope Francis gives a press conference aboard the plane carrying him to Tirana, on September 21, 2014Tirana (AFP) – Christians and Muslims thronged the Albanian capital Sunday to greet Pope Francis who arrived in the mainly Muslim country for a one-day visit to praise it as a model of religious harmony.

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Comment on Israeli forces begin home demolitions in Bedouin village near Jerusalem by Mark Koroi

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Israeli social reformer Daphni Leef in her famous speech that gave rise to the J-14 activist movement spoke of the Israeli government’s victimization of Bedouins.

They had been known as the “Likud Arabs” for their support of then-PM Ariel Sharon’s attempts to develop the Negev Desert region.

The Bedouins had served in the Israel Defense Forces with distinction and were prized by the IDF leadership due to their reputation as pathfinders. They bore the brunt of casualties during the IDF occupation of Gaza that ended in 2005.

One female Bedouin activist was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her promotion of a peaceful coexistence between Jews and Bedouins.

Hamas had authored an open letter to the Bedouins prior to the 2005 Gaza disengagement commending the Bedouins for their honorable history and establishing a scholarship fund for their youth while trying to dissuade them from volunteering for IDF service.

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White House intruder was carrying a knife, court document says – Fox News

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White House intruder was carrying a knife, court document says
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The White House intruder who jumped a security fence on Friday and got inside the presidential mansion was carrying a knife, according to the criminal complaint obtained by Fox News and contrary to initial reports that the man was unarmed. According to the …
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‘See it your hearts to release my husband’, says Alan Henning’s wife – The Times (subscription)

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'See it your hearts to release my husband', says Alan Henning's wife
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The wife of Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker threatened with beheading by Islamic State jihadists, has issued an open appeal to the jihadists to “see it in their hearts” to release him. Barbara Henning described her husband as a “peaceful, selfless man” …
Wife of British Islamic State hostage pleads for his releaseChannel News Asia
Hostage Alan Henning's family make desperate plea for mercyTelegraph.co.uk
Wife Of Alan Henning Issues Plea To CaptorsSky News

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