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Syria destroyed chemical weapons facilities watchdog says

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – Chemical weapons production and mixing facilities in Syria have been destroyed or rendered inoperable, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that the “government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared chemical weapons …
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Kerry to Mideast, Europe on damage control mission

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, during a ceremony to dedicate a bust of Winston Churchill. Senate and House leaders, as well as Kerry, gathered on Wednesday to dedicate the Churchill bust, which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the US and the United Kingdom. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. watches at right. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American surveillance activities revealed by ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

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Iraq PM urges global fight on Al-Qaeda

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks at the United States Institute of Peace on October 31, 2013 in Washington, DCIraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Thursday pleaded for a major global effort to combat the "virus" of Al-Qaeda and terror networks, likening the fight to a third world war. In Washington for a series of meetings hoping to drum up more support for Iraq, Maliki said that with US help his country had defeated Al-Qaeda. His visit to the US comes as Iraq witnesses its worst violence since 2008, a surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 5,400 people this year despite several operations and tightened security measures. "We want an international war against terrorism," Maliki said in a speech to the United States Institute of Peace, calling Al-Qaeda and its ilk "a virus" which was trying to spread "a dirty wind" around the region.

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Middle East crises draw Kerry back to the region

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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Washington October 24, 2013US Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as efforts to hold Syria peace talks bog down, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations stumble and rare tensions with key ally Saudi Arabia flare into the open. With the Obama administration taking fire at home and abroad for what is perceived to be its indecisive Syria policy and Arab unease about its outreach to Iran, Kerry is hitting the road again seeking to ease tensions and soothe allies vital to its Middle East ambitions. The November 3 to 11 trip will take in Saudi Arabia, Poland, Israel, Bethlehem, Amman, Abu Dhabi, Algeria and Morocco.

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Help, damn it

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I still have not fixed the problem that many have complained about: that only a few posts are displayed at a time on this blog.  Someone should help me; this is a one person operation and I don’t have resources to hire staff, damn it.  (If I do, i would have redesigned this old format that is now boring me).  I tried everything and it has not worked.

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Western media camouflage Al-Qa`idah flags with Syrian rebels

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From Ali (chief Turkey correspondent):  “This photo is one of the best examples of how main stream media lies&conceals the truth in Syria. Reuters published this photo with this caption:

“Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to launch mortars towards Hanano Barracks, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, from Aleppo’s Karm al-Jabal district October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Saad Abobrahim (SYRIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)”

But obviously there is an Al Qaeda flag on mortar. This is not a mistake I think, since it has sent by the Reuters correspondent in the area. So he should know the group that he attached himself.

The same bias was witnessed when FSA&Al Qaeda linked groups carried out a joint assault on Mingh Airbase in north of Aleppo. Reuters again published the photos of Al Qaeda flags in the airbase with the caption of “Islamist flags in Mingh”… And last week, when Al Nusra and FSA groups invaded historical christian town in Homs countryside, the reportings mentioned that its rebels that took control of the town and not mentioned the role of Al Qaeda linked groups.

But when a war crime is exposed, the MSM worked hard to identify the groups name by name and usually conceals their links with FSA. Or just blame the crimes on “extremists”…”

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Jihad, or Jeehaad, but the West is in the same trench

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” “Qatar supports, Saudi Arabia supports, some rich guy wants to do jihad with cash supports,” explains Marwan, his gaze resting on a wall featuring an array of black bandannas and baseball-style caps. “And they come from all over, Libyans, Moroccans, Jordanians. They all want to do jihad in the name of God.” “

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What’s Up with Our Mosques?

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Image: Rihanna’s Instagram

by Fatimah Jackson-Best, Aquila Style, October 28, 2013

International pop icon Rihanna recently made the news after being asked to leave the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. According to a statement issued by the mosque, the singer’s removal from the grounds was based on several reasons, which include attempting to enter the mosque through a gate that was not allowed for visitors, failing to get the proper permission to visit and tour the mosque, and failing to behave in a way that was in accordance with the sanctity of the mosque.[i] Instagram photos of the singer posing in front of the mosque also sparked reactions from Muslims and non-Muslims around the world.

I learnt that she had been barred from entering the mosque on my Facebook wall, from a friend who jokingly reminded me that I could relate to the story, because I had also been prevented from visiting a mosque here in Barbados – twice.

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Syria’s chemical weapons ‘placed under seal’

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An image grab taken from Syrian television on October 19, 2013 shows a mechanical digger from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at work at an undisclosed location in SyriaSyria's entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal, a watchdog said Thursday, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi wrapped up a Syria visit to muster support for Geneva talks. "All stocks of chemical weapons and agents have been placed under seals that are impossible to break," Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons spokesman Christian Chartier told AFP, adding the seals were "tamper proof". "These are 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents (which can be used to make weapons) and 290 tonnes of chemical weapons," Chartier said in The Hague. OPCW and UN inspectors have until mid-2014 to destroy Syria's entire chemical arsenal and production facilities under the terms of a US-Russian deal to head off military strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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FAA loosens rules for e-devices on airline flights – USA TODAY

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FAA loosens rules for e-devices on airline flights
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Airline passengers soon will be able to use electronics such as readers and games during takeoffs, landings and throughout flights, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday. Before the new rule takes effect, airlines must demonstrate that 
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