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Why Is China Stopping All Coal Imports From North Korea?

A North Korean military officer (R) and a North Korea man (L) standing behind a pile of coal along the banks of the Yalu River in the northeast of the North Korean border town of Siniuju, on December 14, 2012. On Feb. 18, the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced a suspension of all North Korean coal imports. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)
A North Korean military officer (R) and a North Korea man (L) standing behind a pile of coal along the banks of the Yalu River in the northeast of the North Korean border town of Siniuju, on December 14, 2012. On Feb. 18, the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced a suspension of all North Korean coal imports. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese regime recently said that it would suspend all coal imports from North Korea for a year. The move, according to analysts, could be...


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  • In this undated photo, chef Peng Chang-kuei, right, cooks in his restaurant Peng's Garden in Taipei, Taiwan. Chef Peng, who has been credited with inventing General Tso's chicken, the sticky, sweet-and-sour dish to brought New York forty years ago, has died at age 98. Peng's son, Chuck Peng, told The Associated Press that his father died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan's capital. (Yung-Chuan Hou/United Daily News/World Journal via AP )

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  • Rows of chambers holding intermediate-level radioactive waste in shallow pits at the Bruce Power nuclear complex near Kincardine, Ontario. Critics says a public opinion survey used to bolster claims of widespread support for a proposed underground nuclear waste bunker at the complex near Lake Huron was misleading and actually found little backing for the project. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

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  • (L-R) European Council President Donald Tusk, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, greet each other as they arrive for an EU-Canada summit to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in Brussels on Oct. 30, 2016. The European Parliament has approved the deal, but it still has to be ratified by Canada and various European parliaments. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

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  • Canada's Ambassador to the Unitied States David MacNaughton speaks during a business luncheon in Montreal on Nov. 16, 2016. MacNaughton is cautiously optimistic that any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will go well for Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

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  • CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais delivers a statement in Gatineau, Que. on May 5, 2015. Some cellphone companies are either passively or actively violating Canada's wireless code of conduct and the rules need to be tightened and enforced, consumer groups say. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

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  • The North West Redwater Sturgeon Refinery, the first refinery in the world to be built with an integrated carbon capture and storage system, will reduce Alberta’s dependence on the export of raw bitumen. (Courtesy of North West Redwater)

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  • Canada's Denis ShapCanada's Denis Shapovalov returns the ball during first-round Davis Cup World Group tennis action against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund on Feb. 5, 2017 in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)ovalov returns the ball during first round Davis Cup tennis action against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

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  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation is calling for the elimination of marketing of all food and beverage products to children and youth under age 17, saying that high-volume promotional tactics are setting up young people for obesity and lifelong health problems. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks past reporters on Parliament Hill on Feb. 1, 2017. Trudeau’s election promise of electoral reform is no longer on the agenda. (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

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  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard speaks to reporters as Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume looks on at a news conference in Quebec City on Jan. 30, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

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  • Newly arrived Syrian refugees at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto on Dec. 16, 2015. Almost half the country's population could be an immigrant or the child of an immigrant within the next 20 years, according to a new Statistics Canada survey.  (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

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  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at a Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary on Jan. 24, 2017. Trudeau said after the retreat that if Keystone XL goes ahead it would benefit the Canadian economy. (The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh)

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  • French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, right, answers reporters with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra in Algiers on Feb. 13, 2017. Claims made by Macron's campaign chairman Richard Ferrand Monday, assert that Russian groups are interfering with his presidential campaign but have offered little evidence to back up the claim. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

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  • Candidate for the French left's presidential primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election, Benoit Hamon, speaks to the media after the first round of the primaries in Trappes, west of Paris, France on Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)

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  • Police search a path leading to the field where the body of 7-year-old Katie Rough was found, in the Woodthorpe area of York, England, Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017. A 15-year-old girl has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 7-year-old who was found badly injured on a playing field and later died. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

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  • In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India. A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN-32 with 29 people on board. A massive search by the air force, navy and coast guard has been launched. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi, file)

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  • Kashmiri villagers wave Pakistani flags during the funeral procession of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Indian Kashmir's largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen, in Tral, some 24 miles south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 9, 2016. Indian troops fired on protesters in Kashmir as tens of thousands of Kashmiris defied a curfew imposed in most parts of the troubled region Saturday and participated in the funeral of the top rebel commander killed by Indian government forces, officials and locals said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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  • A masked Kashmiri protester prepares to throws a brick at an Indian policeman during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 9, 2016. Indian authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in most parts of Kashmir on Saturday, a day after government forces killed the top rebel commander in the disputed Himalayan region, officials said, describing it as a major success against rebels fighting Indian rule. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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  • The landscape of Manipur, India, in the background. (Wikimedia/Mongyamba, CC BY-SA) Top right: Satyendra Garg, joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, is chairing the meeting between the armed groups and the Manipur state government.

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  • Apple currently sells its products through resellers in India but easing of restrictions may see the company soon opening stores in the world’s second most populous nation. (SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (R) shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi before their meeting in New Delhi, India, on June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

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  • President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister India Narendra Modi before their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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  • A labourer pushes a handcart on a street in Imphal in the northeastern state of Manipur on Feb. 20, 2012. Promoted in official tourist brochures as the "jewel of India," the tiny state of Manipur often seems closer to an ignored family heirloom than a proudly coveted gem. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Indian Prime Minister India Narendra Modi looks over his shoulder to speak with an aide during his meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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  • Ukrainian army veterans sing the national anthem to pay tribute to the victims of the 2013-2014 anti-government protests called the Revolution of Dignity, during commemoration events in central Kiev, Ukraine on Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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  • This combination of file photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) on May 10, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea, and Kim Jong Nam (R) exiled half brother of Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan, on May 4, 2001. (AP Photos/Wong Maye-E, Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Indonesia Police Chief: Woman Tricked Into Attack on Kim

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—The Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she... Read more

  • Pakistani students pray for victims of Thursday's suicide bombing at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, on Feb. 17, 2017 (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Pakistani Death Toll in ISIS Attack on Sufi Shrine Rises to 80

    SEHWAN, Pakistan—Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids overnight and into Friday as the death toll from a massive suicide bombing... Read more

  • This photo from Indonesian news portal Kumparan obtained on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 shows the portrait on the passport of Siti Aisyah, 25, an Indonesian woman suspected to be involved in the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother at Kuala Lumpur Airport on Monday, Feb. 13. Indonesian diplomats in Malaysia have met with the woman and confirmed she is an Indonesian citizen, officials said Thursday. (Kumparan via AP)

    Family, Friends Describe ‘Nice Girl’ Embroiled in Kim Case

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—Family and former neighbors of the Indonesian woman suspected of involvement in the audacious killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother in Malaysia... Read more

  • Baghdad municipality workers clean up the aftermath of a suicide car bomb attack at a used cars dealers parking lot in the eastern Habibiya neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq on Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

    Baghdad Car Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills 47

    BAGHDAD—A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 47 people and wounded nearly more than 60 on Thursday, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Brig... Read more

  • Buddhist monks pray inside the Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, on Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai Police Raid Temple Belonging to Buddhist Sect

    PATHUM THANI, Thailand—Thai police raided the headquarters temple of a controversial Buddhist temple sect on Thursday, seeking to detain its chief, a monk facing criminal... Read more

  • A helicopter dumps water on a wild fire in the Port Hills near Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Up to 15 helicopters, and over a 100 firefighters have been battling two massive wildfires that have burnt over 700 hectares since erupting on Monday evening. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    New Zealand Crews Halt Advance of Wildfire on City Homes

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Firefighters in New Zealand’s second-largest city were able to halt a wildfire’s advance on suburban homes Thursday after it burned down 11 houses... Read more

  • This image provided by Star TV on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, of closed circuit television footage from Monday, Feb 13, 2017, shows a woman (L) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, who police say was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Star TV via AP)

    Woman Arrested in Killing of N. Korean Leader’s Half Brother

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysian police arrested a woman Wednesday in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader’s exiled half brother who South... Read more

  • In this file photo, a man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, is surrounded by the media upon arrival from Macau at Beijing airport in Beijing. (Kyodo News via AP)

    Clues Scarce After Half Brother of N. Korean Leader Killed

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—News of the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother rippled across Asia on Wednesday as Malaysian investigators scoured... Read more

  • A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet buzzes the USS Donald Cook, a guided-missile destroyer, in the Baltic Sea on April 12, 2016. (U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

    Report: Russian Planes Buzz by US Navy Destroyer

    A U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea was buzzed by four Russian military jets last week, it was reported on Tuesday. The USS Porter, a... Read more

  • A Soviet-era ballistic missile R-9A (NATO reporting name: SS-8 Sasin) set up at the Russia's Armed Forces Museum in Moscow on May 31, 2016. (VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Says Russia Secretly Deployed Cruise Missile in Violation of Treaty

    Officials say Russia secretly deployed a cruise missile in violation of a treaty that helped end the Cold War. The New York Times, citing unnamed... Read more

  • (Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images; AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Trump Sanctions Venezuela Vice President on Drug Trafficking

    WASHINGTON—The Trump administration imposed sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Monday, accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking... Read more

  • A TV screen shows pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his older brother Kim Jong Nam (L) at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Malaysia Official: N.Korea Leader’s Brother Slain at Airport

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, telling medical workers... Read more

  • In this file photo, a crane hovers above the site of a new shaft under construction at the Oyu Tolgoi mine site in Khanbogd village, Umnugobi province, Mongolia, on Nov. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Ganbat Namjilsangarav, File)

    Mongolia Nationalizes Mine, Prompts Warning on Investors

    ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia—Mongolian lawmakers have told the government to revoke a private company’s purchase of a stake in a major copper mine, prompting the president to... Read more

  • An oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. (Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay)

    Will There Really Be Enough Sustainable Palm Oil for the Whole Market?

    In the summer of 2016, two of the world’s largest producers of palm oil, which is found in everything from lipstick to margarine, lost the... Read more

  • This photo combo, made from footage taken from the Russian Defense Ministry official website, purports to show the Tetrapylon, a set of four monuments with four columns each at the center of the colonnaded road leading to a Roman-era amphitheater on June 6, 2016 (L) and on Feb. 5, 2017  in Palmyra, Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, via AP)

    Russian Video Raises Alarm: New ISIS Damage in Syria’s Palmyra

    MOSCOW—Russia on Monday released footage from one of its drones in Syria, revealing for the first time the latest destruction to the ruins of historic... Read more

  • Pakistani vendors prepare heart-shaped bouquets for sale ahead of Valentine's Day along a street in Islamabad on Feb.13, 2017. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pakistan Court Bans Valentine’s Day in Capital

    ISLAMABAD—A Pakistani judge has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations in the country’s capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings. Court official Niaz Saleh says the judge... Read more

  • An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Infantry Division holds his machine gun while heading to the frontline in Shyma district in Mosul, Iraq in this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo. Iraqi forces, backed the U.S.-led international coalition, launched a campaign in October to retake Mosul, the country's second largest city and ISIS's last major urban bastion in Iraq. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

    Iraqi Forces Launch Offensive to Drive ISIS From Western Mosul

    HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq—U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from... Read more

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Yahoo News in Damascus, Syria, on Feb. 10, 2017. Assad said, there are "definitely" terrorists among the millions of Syrians seeking refuge in the West. He said it doesn't have to be a "significant" number of terrorists because no need for a significant "number to commit atrocities." (SANA via AP)

    Assad: US Troops Welcome in Syria to Fight Terrorism

    BEIRUT—Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against terrorists in Syria—as... Read more

  • A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), carrying a Hellfire missile lands at a secret air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Airstrikes in Syria Killed 11 al-Qaeda Operatives, Including Bin Laden Friend

    The Pentagon says two U.S. airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaeda leaders... Read more

  • A long-range Qadr ballistic missile is launched in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran on March 9, 2016. (MAHMOOD HOSSEINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran Fires Another Missile: US Officials

    In apparent defiance of White House warnings, Iran fired another missile on Wednesday from a launch pad in Tehran—the same place it had conducted another missile... Read more

  • Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, launch rockets as they continue to battle Shiite Huthi rebels in the area of Sirwah, in the west of Marib province, east of the capital, Sanaa, on May 21, 2015. (/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemeni Rebels Claim They Targeted Saudi Capital With Missile

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have “successfully” fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh for the first time, and are vowing more attacks on the Saudi... Read more

  • The USS Cole  (US Navy)

    US Sends Navy Destroyer USS Cole to Yemen’s Coast

    The United States deployed a Navy destroyer to an area off the coast of Yemen to protect other vessels from Houthi militants aligned with Iran, officials... Read more

  • A Qadr H long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile is fired by Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, during a maneuver, in an undisclosed location in Iran on March 9, 2016. (Omid Vahabzadeh/Fars News Agency via AP)

    Iran Carries out Ballistic Missile Test, in Defiance of UN Resolution

    Iran carried out a ballistic missile test in what appears to be a violation of a United Nations resolution, officials said on Monday. Sunday’s launch... Read more

  • Debris and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit an army base, in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    US Soldier Killed in Raid on al-Qaeda in Yemen

    The U.S. military says a service member has been killed and three others wounded in a raid in Yemen targeting a local al-Qaeda affiliate. U.S... Read more

  • Iraqi Army vehicles advance as civilians flee their villages due to fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq on Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Trump Poised to Seek New Military Options for Defeating ISIS

    WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump is expected to ask the Pentagon for ways to accelerate the fight against the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Officials said... Read more

  • (JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Police Rescue 24 People From Organ Trafficking Gang in Pakistan

    Police in Pakistan rescued 24 people from an organ trafficking gang, according to a report this week. The two-dozen people had been kept in a... Read more

  • Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post as they take part in operations against the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram, their guard post is on Elbeid bridge, left rear, that separates northern Cameroon form Nigeria's Borno state near the village of Fotokol, Cameroon. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki, File)

    Nigeria Mistakenly Bombs Camp, Kills More Than 100

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100... Read more

  • Iraqi special forces advance inside Mosul University grounds, during fighting against Islamic State militants in the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq on Jan. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraq Makes Swift Territorial Gains Against ISIS in Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq—Iraqi forces have won a string of swift territorial gains in Mosul in the fight against the ISIS terrorist group after months of slow progress,... Read more

  • Seagulls fly over a Turkish flag on May 3, 2016 in Istanbul Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    Turkey Arrests 1,656 Social Media Users Since Summer

    ISTANBUL—Turkey’s Interior Ministry says authorities have formally arrested 1,656 people in the past six months for allegedly supporting terrorist organizations or insulting officials on social... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, Pakistani Hindu Jeevti sits in her husband's house in Pyaro Lundh, Pakistan. The night Jeevti disappeared, her family slept outside to escape Pakistan's brutal summer heat; in the morning she was gone, snatched by a wealthy landlord to whom her parents owed $1,000 dollars. She is one of the estimated 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls taken from their homes every year in Pakistan for supposed repayments of debt, most of them ending up married off to older men and forcibly converted to Islam. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    A Pakistani Girl Is Snatched Away, Payment for a Family Debt

    The mother rummages through a large metal trunk, searching for a picture of her young daughter taken away in the night to be the bride... Read more

  • Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein points while listening to the prosecution during his 'Anfal' genocide trial on December 21, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Saddam and six co-defendants are being tried on charges of murdering Kurds during the 1987-88 'Anfal' campaign. Hussein allegedly kept a torture chamber at the Mission of Iraq located in New York City. (Nikola Solic-Pool/Getty Images)

    Former CIA Agent Says US ‘Got It so Wrong’ on Saddam Hussein, Iraq

    A former CIA intelligence officer who interviewed former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein said U.S. officials “got it so wrong” on invading Iraq. John Nixon, who... Read more

  • In this May 21, 2016 file photo, an EgyptAir plane flies past minarets of a mosque as it approaches Cairo International Airport   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    Osama Bin Laden’s Son Denied Entry at Egypt Airport: Officials

    Security officials at Cairo International Airport say Omar bin Laden, son of the former leader of al Qaeda Osama bin Laden, was denied entry to... Read more

  • Turkish police officers cordon off the roads leading to the area of the Besiktas football club stadium, in Istanbul, late Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Two loud explosions have been heard near the newly built soccer stadium and witnesses at the scene said gunfire could be heard in what appeared to have been an armed attack on police. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Istanbul explosions within Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) TURKEY OUT

    Twin Blasts Near Istanbul Soccer Stadium Kill 29 , Wound 166

    Twin attacks by a suicide bomber and a car bomber near an Istanbul soccer stadium Saturday night killed 29 people and wounded 166 others in... Read more

  • A man watches wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Israeli police have arrested four Palestinians in connection with one of several large fires that damaged homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people in the past few days. Police are investigating the causes, including possible arson. Windy and hot weather have helped fan the flames. The blazes started three days ago near Jerusalem and in the north. Hundreds of homes were damaged. Russia, Italy and other countries are assisting the Israeli firefighters.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Wildfire Blamed on ‘Terror’ Roars Through Israeli City

    A wildfire roared through parts of Israel’s third-largest city on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes as the country’s leaders... Read more

  • Iraqis Advance in Mosul as Bomb South of Baghdad Kills 21

    Iraqi troops on Thursday drove Islamic State militants from three more neighborhoods in the northern city of Mosul, a commander said, as a bomb south... Read more

  • A Pakistani photographer documents a shattered windshield of a vehicle of paramilitary troops at the site bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. A Pakistani police official says a bomb blast has killed some paramilitary officers in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Wajid Khan says the bomb, which was apparently detonated by remote control, exploded when a patrol of paramilitary police was passing by. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    Bomb Kills 3 Paramilitary Officers in Northwestern Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan—A bombing targeted Pakistan’s paramilitary force in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing three officers and wounding eight, police said. The bomb,... Read more

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