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Turkish hostages in Iraq released

September 20th, 2014 No comments

Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June are back in Turkey, says Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
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WDotW: Actually, No, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind

September 20th, 2014 No comments
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United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

September 20th, 2014 No comments

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. “The coalition required to eliminate ISIL (Islamic State) is not only, or even primarily, military in nature,” Kerry told a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iraq. “It must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort. …
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UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights

September 19th, 2014 No comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria’s civil war.
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The Rise and Fall of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai

September 19th, 2014 No comments

The long, tricky frenemyship of Asia’s two biggest powers.
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What’s Wrong With Hong Kong?

September 19th, 2014 No comments

Three reasons why China’s laboratory for ideas now faces a murky future.
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Kerry says Iran can help defeat IS

September 19th, 2014 No comments

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran has a role to play in the fight against Islamic State despite not being part of the US-led coalition.
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At 80, Leonard Cohen meditates on spirituality and war

September 19th, 2014 No comments

Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen in Paris on January 16, 2012. Cohen recently announced the release of a new album next month to coincide with his 80th birthdayNew York (AFP) – Releasing a new album near his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen cheekily addresses his age in the very first song, intoning, "It's not because I'm old … I always liked it slow."

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Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT

September 19th, 2014 No comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East. Police said they thwarted such a plot by detaining suspects and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.
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France carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande

September 19th, 2014 No comments

French President Francois Hollande Paris on September 19, 2014Paris (AFP) – French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

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