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Middle East Alignments: Open Questions

A rebel fighter calls on his comrades during clashes with regime forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Oct. 31, 2014. Syria accused Turkey on Oct. 30, of a 'flagrant violation' of its sovereignty, as Ankara allowed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and opposition rebels to cross its border to battle jihadists. (Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images)
A rebel fighter calls on his comrades during clashes with regime forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Oct. 31, 2014. Syria accused Turkey on Oct. 30, of a 'flagrant violation' of its sovereignty, as Ankara allowed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and opposition rebels to cross its border to battle jihadists. (Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images)

The Syrian crisis and, before it, the Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain have exposed fault lines not only within the region,...


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  • The Australian Transport Safety Burea says the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, as the search for the plane resumed this week. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Flight 370 Update: 2 Boys Sue Malaysia Airlines Over Loss of Father

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  • Knife-Wielding Madman Slashes Three Children In China

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  • Taiwanese and Hong Kong protesters alike gather in Times Square on Sept. 27, 2014, (from l-r) Eric Tsai, 24, and Jenny Wang, 23. (Gary Du/Epoch Times)

    Proud and Worried, Taiwanese Watch Hong Kong

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  • In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, protesters, mostly supporters of LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexuals and Transgenders), are blocked by police from getting closer to the U.S. Embassy during a rally to demand justice for the killing of Filipino transgender with a U.S. Marine as a suspect, in Manila, Philippines. A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    Philippines Keeps US Military Presence Despite Murder

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    ‘I Escaped Death in N Korea’

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  • A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane sits on tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Malaysia's state investment company said Friday it plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned, removing it from the country's stock exchange before carrying out a far-reaching overhaul of the carrier that is reeling from double disasters. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Maps Seafloor that ‘Had Never Been Previously Mapped’

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  • King Willem Alexander (L) and Queen Maxima (2nd L) of the Netherlands are escorted by Japan's Emperor Akihito (3rd L) and Empress Michiko (4th L) as Crown Princess Masako (R) looks on, during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo October 29, 2014.  King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima are in Japan for a six-day visit. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool (JAPAN)

    Recovering Crown Princess to Attend Japan Banquet

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  • A young Malaysian boy prays, at an event for the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, at a shopping mall, in Petaling Jaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 18, 2014. After a four-month hiatus, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about to resume in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, with searchers lowering new equipment deep beneath the waves in a bid to finally solve one of the world's most perplexing aviation mysteries. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australia, Malaysia Could be Hiding Something, Report Says

    The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is costing more than it should, said an aviation expert, adding that Malaysian aviation officials did not... Read more

  • In this file photo, tourists cope wet weather in Waikiki in Honolulu Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)

    Tropical Storm Hanna Soaks Nicaragua, Honduras

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua— Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall near the Nicaragua-Honduras border Monday, bringing heavy rains to an already waterlogged area. The U.S. National Hurricane Center... Read more

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    Without Democracy, You Wouldn’t Know This Korean Actress

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  • Japanese Prime Minister and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leader Shinzo Abe, left, greets audience during the last day of parliamentary upper house election campaign in Tokyo, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

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  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second from left, speaks to the media with his wife Iriana, left, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife Mufidah at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct 26, 2014. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo unveiled his Cabinet, a lineup featuring technocrats in key finance roles who will need to push painful reforms to fix the country's slowing economy, but also including politicians who supported his spectacular rise to power. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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  • A health worker shows the proper way to wear an "Ebola suit" during a media tour of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine facility to show the Philippine government's readiness in the still Ebola-free country at Alabang, Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 21, 2014. The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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  • This undated photo posted on the US State Department website shows Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Bahrain's Foreign Ministry says that Malinowski, a top US official, has been declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country, just one day after meeting with Bahrain's Shiite opposition group, Al Wifaq. Since early 2011, Bahrain has been roiled by near-daily protests by Shiites seeking greater political rights. Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet. (AP Photo/US State Department)

    US Official Urges Vietnam to Improve Human Rights

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  • Anti-government protester flashes the victory sign amid splashing water from a broken water pipe near the parliament building where he and others are camping in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Sept. 22, 2014. It had all the elements of a classic coup: thousands descending on the capital, clashing with police outside parliament and commandeering state TV to demand the ouster of a civilian leader who had locked horns with the military in a country with a long history of turmoil and dictatorship. But when the tear gas cleared in Islamabad in August, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remained in office with the support of the entire parliament, the troops were still in their barracks, and the protesters had dwindled to a few thousand, their “revolution” confined to a festive, shrinking tent camp. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    In Pakistan, a Coup That Wasn’t

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  • The Australian Transport Safety Burea says the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, as the search for the plane resumed this week. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Update: ‘We will find MH370,’ Malaysia Official Says

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  • Rohingya children travel in a rickshaw in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to an expert. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    More Than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims Flee Burma

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  • A young Malaysian boy prays, at an event for the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, at a shopping mall, in Petaling Jaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

    Australia Says Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Will Take Months

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  • Tens of thousands of people gather on Connaught Road Central on Oct. 4, near the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Forces Building. The protesters demand that Chief Executive Chun-ying Leung resign from his position in Hong Kong. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    A Cyberwar Quietly Rages Over Hong Kong

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  • NSW Premier Mike Baird speaks at Sydney Opera House on May 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Changes, proposed by Premier Mike Baird, to electoral funding laws have been passed. (Matt King/Getty Images)

    Changes to NSW Campaign Laws Endeavours to Address Corruption

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  • Ethan Gutmann talks about his new book "The Slaughter" at a forum on state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Oct. 28, 2014. (Epoch Times)

    Forced Organ Harvesting in China Discussed in Edmonton

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  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with soldiers in the Canadian army during a ceremony at the National War Memorial on Oct. 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. It was here two days earlier that a gunman killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a soldier guarding the memorial. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Canada Grapples With Freedoms Versus Security After Shooting

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  • UNICEF Canada president and CEO David Morley. UNICEF is commending the Canadian government and its provincial counterparts after it found the country's overall child poverty rate decreased during the recession five years ago.  (The Canadian Press/HO, UNICEF Canada)

    Fewer Children in Canada Living in Poverty Since Recession: UNICEF

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  • People demonstrate against the Toronto District School Board's partnership with the Beijing-controlled Confucius Institute outside the TDSB on Oct. 29, 2014. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Toronto School Board Drops Confucius Institute

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers a question during question period in the Canadian House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 29, 2014. The Prime Minister’s Office has not confirmed whether or not Mr. Harper will be travelling to China ahead of the APEC summit Nov. 10-11, 2014, but China’s foreign ministry is confident he would. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

    Canada Won’t Confirm Harper’s Visit to China Ahead of APEC Summit

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  • Dr. Jeff Zaltzman, director of Renal Transplants, Medicine and Nephrology at St. Michael’s Hospital, said at the Oct. 23, 2014, Toronto forum that he was familiar with questionable transplants in China and was concerned about the implications. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Organ Harvesting in China Puts Canadian Doctors in Tough Spot

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  • Tory Says Will Reach out to Ford Nation, Make ‘One Toronto’

    TORONTO—Mayor-elect John Tory pledged Tuesday Oct. 28 to reach out to large stretches of the city that shunned him at the ballot box, saying he... Read more

  • Sleeping Pill Use Among Seniors Too Common, Group Says

    TORONTO—A campaign to reduce inappropriate use of health care in Canada is calling for more prudent prescribing of sleep aids among seniors.  Choosing Wisely Canada... Read more

  • Kathy Cirillo is comforted in front of the coffin of her son Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at his regimental funeral service in Hamilton on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Canada's privacy czars are urging the Conservatives to avoid trampling civil liberties in trying to ensure the safety of Canadians. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Don’t Trample on Civil Liberties in Fighting Terrorism, Say Privacy Czars

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  • Hockey great Gordie Howe, part owner of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants, looks on during a team news conference in Vancouver, B.C. In a statement released through the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 29, 2014, Howe’s family says the hockey Hall of Famer’s condition remains “guarded” but his spirits are good after a significant stoke on Oct. 26. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)

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  • Sign language instructions are shown in the interior of Signs Restaurant & Bar in Toronto. The 150-seat restaurant is 70 percent staffed by deaf people and caters to both deaf and hearing patrons. (Courtesy Signs Restaurant & Bar)

    Unique Canadian Restaurant Attracts International Attention

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper has cancelled his upcoming trip to China. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Canada PM Cancels Trip to APEC Summit in China

    OTTAWA, Canada—In the wake of the death of two Canadian soldiers last week, the spokesman of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office confirmed on Monday Harper... Read more

  • Canadian Government Monitoring Oil Prices Carefully Ahead of Fall Fiscal Update

    OTTAWA—The federal government says it’s carefully monitoring the impact of sliding oil prices on public finances as it prepares to release its fall economic update... Read more

  • Demonstrators protest the Toronto District School Board’s partnership with the Beijing-controlled Confucius Institute outside the TDSB on June 18, 2014. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Diplomat Rallies Support for Confucius Institute in Toronto Schools

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  • Toronto mayoral candidates Doug Ford (L) and John Tory shake hands during the final mayoral debate for the Toronto mayoral race in Toronto on Oct. 23, 2014. Voters head to the polls Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, to elect a successor to Rob Ford, who announced last month that he would not seek re-election as he battles a rare and difficult form of cancer. Doug Ford is running in his place but is widely expected to lose to Tory. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Toronto Voters Look Elsewhere Besides Rob Ford

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    Sarnia, Ontario Explosion: Several Injured in Industrial Blast

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  • A bouquet of flowers sits in front of the eternal flame in front of Canada's House of Parliament in Ottawa, on Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2014, one day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. (Peter McCabe/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Canadian Army soldiers carry the casket carrying Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, two days after he was shot dead by a gunman while he guarded the National War Memorial, to a hearse during a precession from Ottawa to Cirillo's hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on October 24, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Sentries Return After Soldier Killed at National War Memorial in Canada

    OTTAWA, Canada—Sentries returned to the Tomb of the Unknown Solder at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Friday with a ceremony attended by Prime... Read more

  • People demonstrate against the Toronto District School Board's partnership with the Beijing-controlled Confucius Institute outside the TDSB on Oct. 1, 2014. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Beijing Seeks to End Confucius Institute Partnership Ahead of Toronto School Board Vote

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  • The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half mast on Oct. 23, one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed by a lone gunman while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main Parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Security Weighed After Parliament Hill Shooting

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  • A munitions warehouse that was captured by the Islamic State group in the battle for the Tabqa air base in Raqqa, Syria, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)

    Switzerland Arrests Islamic State Suspects Over Attack Plan

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  • Police officers and rescue worker stand by the burning state radio headquarters, known as Maison de la Radio, in Paris, France, Friday, Oct.31, 2014. The massive building was undergoing renovations when the fire began. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Fire Causes Evacuation of French State Radio

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  • People pass by an exchange rate display at a street in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russia Central Bank Raises Interest Rate to Fight Falling Ruble

    MOSCOW—Russia’s central bank has raised its main interest rate by more than anticipated as it tries to stem the ruble’s fall. The bank on Friday... Read more

  • EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan sign an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter as EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, center back, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, left back and EU Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration Maros Sefcovic look on, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Russia Will Ship Gas After Ukraine Remits First Debt Payment

    MOSCOW—Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said... Read more

  • EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan sign an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter as EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, center back, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, left back and EU Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration Maros Sefcovic look on, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Russia: Natural Gas Will Flow After Ukraine Pays

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  • The new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB), building at right, under construction on the water front of the River Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sept. 24, 2014. The European Central Bank said Sunday Oct. 26, 2014, that 13 of Europe's 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and must increase their capital buffers against losses by 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion). (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Eurozone Inflation Creeps Up to 0.4 Percent

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    Spain Passes “Stress Test” of the European Central Bank

    MADRID—On October 26  2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) published its overall evaluation that reveals “the financial health of 130 European banks in the Eurozone,... Read more

  • EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The European Union’s energy chief is hoping Wednesday’s negotiations between Ukraine and Russia will assure the breakthrough needed to guarantee that Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    Ukraine, Moscow Clinch Deal on Russian Gas Supply

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  • A Norwegian F-16 shadows a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95 in a photograph released by the Norwegian air force.

    World War 3: Russian Jets Go on ‘Unusual’ Flights Around Europe

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  • Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, left, shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Stoltenberg said the alliance is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in airforce activity in eastern Europe by Russia, which he urged to end “destabilizing actions” in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi, Tatiana Bolaris) GREECE OUT

    NATO Chief Says Russian Air Force Increases Flights on Ukraine Border

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    Shell: Oil Drop Yet to Have Full Impact on Profits

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  • In this photo taken on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, Vladimir Tumanov, whose home was destroyed in late August, hides from shelling with his dogs in the basement under a hospital not far from Donetsk airport in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Donetsk, which has lost about 400,000 of its 1 million pre-war population, is bracing to a winter ahead. In a climate like eastern Ukraine?s, where temperatures typically stay below zero all winter, the damage to the critical infrastructure and lack of effort to provide adequate shelter to people whose homes were destroyed could literally mean a death from the cold. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Brutal Winter Set to Hit War-Torn Eastern Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine— Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. Opening the door... Read more

  • Small forest ponds are most at risk of being poisoned if they have dumped ammunition in them. (Susanne W Lamm/Epoch Times)

    TNT Contamination May Produce Carcinogenic Substances in Fish

    STOCKHOLM—TNT, leaking from old ammunition dumped in Swedish lakes, may deposit carcinogenic substances in fish, according to a recent study by Swedish Defence Research Agency... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, a Russian MiG-29 plane flies during a celebration marking the Russian air force's 100th anniversary in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia. The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to Omran al-Zoubi, the country's information minister who spoke on Syrian TV late Tuesday, Oct. 21. 2014. Al-Zoubi said that Syrian aircraft bombed the jets as they were landing at Jarrah airbase in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province. He said the militants were able to hide a third jet, which the Syrian air force is now searching for. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)

    Cold War 2014? NATO Concerned of Spike in Russia Military Flights

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO on Wednesday reported an “unusual” spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean... Read more

  • Actress Angelina Jolie is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1844 Room on October 10, 2014 at Buckingham Palace, London. Jolie is receiving an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence. (Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    Queen Elizabeth Stunned by Angelina Jolie’s ‘Stick Insect’ Figure, Tabloid Says

    Queen Elizabeth and palace observers were stunned when they saw how skinny Angelina Jolie has become, according to a new report. Jolie was recently awarded... Read more

  • Britain's Prince Harry (2-L) and British socialite Cressida Bonas (3-L) watch the match during the Six Nations International rugby Union match between England and Wales at Twickenham, West London on March 9, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Prince Harry’s Former Girlfriend Cressida Bonas Asks Mother How to Win Prince Back

    Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas is seeking advice from her mother on how to win the prince back, according to a new report. The 25-year-old... Read more

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    Prince William and Kate: Tabloid Says Pregnant Duchess Weighs 108 Pounds, 13 Pounds Underweight

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  • Propylene Glycol: Fireball Whiskey Recalled Over ‘Antifreeze’ Ingredient

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  • Chief Finance Officer of Statoil, Torgrim Reitan, speaks to members of the media during a press conference to announce their 2012 fourth quarter results at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA on Thursday said its fourth-quarter profits plunged 50 percent as revenue dropped because of lower oil and gas prices. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Statoil Profits Hit by Lower Oil, Gas Prices

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  • FILE - In this Feb.6, 2014 file photo, CEO of Sanofi, Christopher A. Viehbacher, poses for photographers as he arrives for the annual results in Paris. The board of drug maker Sanofi has fired Viehbacher after he warned that pricing pressure on a best-selling diabetes treatment in the U.S. would hurt growth into next year. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

    Sanofi Ousts CEO Amid Pressure Over Diabetes Drug

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  • The Indian government prepared its first draft policy for Internet-of-Things, an initiative it expects to help shape its proposed 100 smart cities. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • An American tourist with the children of an Indian host family during Diwali celebrations on Oct. 23, 2014. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Foreign Tourists Join Indian Families in Diwali Festivities

    NEW DELHI—On Thursday a group of American and European tourists joined an Indian family to experience Diwali, the festival of lights.  Diwali, also called Deepavali,... Read more

  • A Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil Hindu devotee holds a tray of lamps as she attends a religious event to mark Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Hindus light up their homes and pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, during Diwali festival. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Diwali / Deepavali Quotes, SMS Text Messages, Happy Wishes on 2014 Festival of Lights

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    India vs West Indies 5th ODI: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time, Squads for Cricket Match

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  • Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh on October 21, 2012. Bumla is the last Indian Army post at the India-China border at an altitude of 15,700 feet above sea level. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)

    India to Construct Border Road Despite China’s Objections

    NEW DELHI—India’s government rejected China’s objection to its plan to build a highway on the de facto border with China in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it... Read more

  • Diamond geezers. Indians are taking Antwerp, Belgium. (Shutterstock*)

    The Rise and Rise of Belgium’s Indian Diamond Dynasties

    From the outside, Number 2 Hoveniersstraat Street in Antwerp is a nondescript office block. Only the clusters of businessmen speaking in Gujarati on their mobile... Read more

  • An Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the Grand Mosque, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on Oct. 17 and is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in the world. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Image of Asia: A Day for Eradicating Poverty

    In this photo by Altaf Qadri, an Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

    India vs West Indies Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time for 4th ODI

    India is set to take on West Indies in the 4th ODI on Friday, October 17. The match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala is... Read more

  • n Indian animal rights activist holds up a placard with red-stained hands, signifying blood, in protest against ritualistic animal sacrifice in New Delhi on October 14, 2014. The demonstrators were protesting against an upcoming sacrifice to be held at the Gadhimai temple in Bara district, Nepal, where up to 500,000 animals are slaughtered as part of a Hindu ritual.  (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Bans Import of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

    NEW DELHI—India banned the import of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals on Monday, becoming the only country in Asia to do so.  It... Read more

  • Sunita Choudhary stands in front of her taxi in New Delhi on Oct. 13. Choudhary, who is the first three-wheeled taxi driver in India’s capital, escaped from a violent past and now uses her time and resources to help those in need. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    New Delhi’s Only Female Three-Wheeled Taxi Driver

    NEW DELHI— Married at 14 to a man almost twice her age, beaten almost to death within a year of their marriage, and then abandoned... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

    India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Time, Highlights for Cricket Match

    India were set to take on the West Indies in the 3rd ODI of their series on Tuesday, October 14. But the match was cancelled. The... Read more

  • An Indian fisherman walks near the anchored fishing boats as strong winds blow a day after a powerful cyclone pounded the Bay of Bengal coast in Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Cyclone Hudhud that slammed into India's eastern seaboard weakened as it moved inland Monday. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    Cyclone Hudhud Kills 24 in India

    HYDERABAD, India—Rescue workers and soldiers cleared uprooted trees and electrical poles blocking roads in eastern India on Monday after a tropical cyclone killed at least... Read more

  • Children rescued by the workers of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save Childhood Movement, run by Kailash Satyarthi, watch the news of Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai on television at the Mukti Ashram in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Satyarthi and Malala jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Activist’s Nobel Highlights Child Labor in India

    PATNA, India — When the Nobel Committee announced that Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi had won the Peace Prize, a skinny 13-year-old boy was... Read more

  • An Indian woman shields herself with a plastic bag as she walks on a road in the rain, in Bhubaneswar, India, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. According to Indian Meteorological Department reports, severe cyclonic storm "Hudhud" is likely to hit Andhra Pradesh and Orissa coasts Sunday. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    Eastern India Braces for Powerful Cyclone Hudhud

    HYDERABAD, India— Indian officials are evacuating hundreds of thousands of people as a powerful cyclone sweeps through the Bay of Bengal and heads toward India’s... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file)

    India vs West Indies Cricket: Live Streaming, TV Channel, Start Time, Highlights for 2nd ODI (Watch Online)

    India takes on West Indies in the 2nd ODI cricket match on Saturday. The game at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi is slated to start... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 12, 2009 file photo, Kailash Satyarthi, , third from left, Indian coordinator of the Global March against child labour, Chilean Juan Somavia, left, director general of the International Labor Organization, Tom Harkin, second from left, senator of Iowa at the Congress of the United States, pose with school children of the Canton of Geneva, during the World Day Against Child Labour at the Place of Nations in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini, File)

    From the Life of Nobel Peace Winner Kailash Satyarthi

    KAILASH SATYARTHI BORN: Jan. 11, 1954, in Vidisha, India. EARLY YEARS: As a boy, Satyarthi was moved by other children who had to work, and... Read more

  • Satyen Das rides his rickshaw on a road in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. It took 68 days for Das to laboriously pedal his rickety, self-remodeled bicycle rickshaw from the seaside Indian city of Kolkata to the roof of the world - a 5,369-meter (17,600-foot) Himalayan pass. His goal: to promote his chassis as an environmentally sound travel option. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

    Indian Man Pedals Cycle Rickshaw to Himalayan Pass

    KOLKATA, India—It took 68 days for Satyen Das to laboriously pedal his rickety, self-remodeled bicycle rickshaw from the seaside Indian city of Kolkata to the... Read more

  • West Indies player Lendl Simmons (2L) congratulates Indian batsmen Suresh Raina (C) and Rohit Sharma (2R) as they walk back towards the pavilion after India won the match against the West Indies during the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament at The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 23, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

    India vs West Indies 1st ODI Match Information

    India takes on the West Indies in their 1st ODI on Wednesday, October 8. The match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi is slated to start... Read more

  • Relatives of Rajesh Kumar, who was killed in mortar shell firing allegedly from the Pakistan's side, weep inside their residential house at Masha da kothe village, in Arnia Sector near the India-Pakistan international border, about 47 kilometers (30 miles) from Jammu, India, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Tens of thousands of villagers were fleeing their homes in Kashmir on Monday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each another with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating Pakistan from India's portion of the disputed region. At least nine civilians were killed. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    India, Pakistan Exchange Fire Over Kashmir Border

    SRINAGAR, India—Indian and Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across theborder between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day Tuesday, with both accusing the other of provoking the violence. Police in... Read more

  • Hyderabad, India. (Ben Gilbert/Wellcome Images)

    Can India’s Urban Future Be a Healthy One? (+Photo Gallery)

    A warm egg, white shell almost translucent, plops into the wire mesh gutter and rolls forward. There is no let-up in the clucking din of... Read more

  • A Peshmerga fighter holds a position at a post in the strategic Jalawla area, in Diyala province, which is a gateway to Baghdad, as battles with Islamic State jihadists continue on September 27, 2014. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Reports More Foreigners in Terror Groups

    UNITED NATIONS—A new United Nations report says the world is facing a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an “unprecedented scale,” with about... Read more

  • Sri Lankan health workers wear protective gear as they attend a preparedness program for Ebola at the Infectious Disease Hospital for fever in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. Airports in Asia have stepped up their defenses: screening passengers who have travelled from affected countries, taking any with high temperature for observation and trying to keep contact them with for 21 days, the incubation period. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    WHO Issues New Guidance on Ebola Protective Gear

    GENEVA— The U.N. health agency is updating its guidelines for health workers dealing with the deadly Ebola virus, recommending tougher measures such as doubling up... Read more

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Andrés Orden, 28, Self Employed: Yes, absolutely. I would fight for democracy because without a doubt it is much better than a totalitarian government. And I would do it the same way as the students and young people do in Hong Kong—protesting, taking over the streets, resisting without violence.

    Global Q&A: ‘Is democracy worth ‘fighting’ for?’

    Democracy is very important to gain or hold on to for all people of the world today, and for the children of the future. This... Read more

  • Organiszation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, right looks on as Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos, left, and British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne sign an information exchange agreement during the „Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes“ at the finance ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

    51 Nations Sign Anti-Tax Evasion Deal; US Doesn’t

    BERLIN—Fifty-one countries have signed an agreement to share financial data and boost efforts to crack down on tax evasion. The standard agreed upon in Berlin... Read more

  • Hong Kong tycoon, chairman of Liberal Party James Tien walks out from Legislative Council chamber in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Delegates to China's top government advisory body voted Wednesday to kick James Tien out after his comments on the unpopular Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    China Ousts Pro-CCP Hong Kong Politician for Criticizing Leung Chun-ying

    HONG KONG— A Hong Kong tycoon was expelled from China’s top government advisory body on Wednesday after he voiced doubts about the city’s Beijing-backed leader,... Read more

  • A farmer carries a fully grown cabbage after plucking it out from the main crop which will be harvested early next month, and used to make Kimchi, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Chilgol vegetable farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea. It looks like the residents of Pyongyang won’t be lacking for cabbage and vegetables come next month, when the crops will be harvested. Providing enough food to feed the nation is always a struggle for North Korea, which suffered a near cataclysmic famine in the 1990s but has since managed to increase its agricultural production to what international organizations believe is closer to the self-sufficiency level than the country has seen in years. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    ‘World War 3′ Would Have No Effect on Population Growth, Says Study

    Another world war, a global pandemic, or other natural disasters would not significantly impact the global population for long, says a study. Researchers with the... Read more

  • Indian school children sit outdoors and eat lunch at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Indian women still face some of the world's worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to the annual Gender Gap Index by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum released Tuesday. India ranked an impressive 15th for female political participation, but it was among the bottom 20 in terms of income, literacy, work force participation and infant survival. (Mahesh Kumar A.)

    Best and Worst Countries for Gender Equality

    The annual Global Gender Gap index by the World Economic Forum, shows marginal improvement in women’s equality worldwide, according to data on access to health... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 9, 2013 file photo, an Israeli member of the "Woman of the Wall" organization, right, tries to hug an ultra-Orthodox woman as they pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's old city. (AP Photo/Michal Fattal,File) ISRAEL OUT

    India Slides, US Gains in Gender Equality Ranking

    NEW DELHI— Indian women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic... Read more

  • Final preparations are made prior to the opening of the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Copenhagen, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling)

    UN Climate Change Expert Says Hope Remains

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark—A top U.N. climate change expert urged world governments Monday not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight... Read more

  • From left, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron speak during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. EU leaders will gather Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    UN Envoy: Keep Up Hope Amid Climate Change Battle

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark— The head of the U.N.’s panel on climate change has urged world governments not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a... Read more

  • Smoke rise from buildings that were attacked during clashes between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Lebanese troops battled Islamic militants in Tripoli for a second day Saturday, with at least one person killed and a dozen people wounded in the clashes, the Lebanese army and state media said. (AP Photo)

    Lebanese Troops Fight Street Battles in Tripoli

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon— The Lebanese army has brought tanks and commando forces into the northern city of Tripoli where fighting with Muslim militants has intensified. Several... Read more

  • Pakistani tribal security personnel drive past gutted NATO trucks in Pakistan's tribal region of Khyber on Monday, June 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Qazi Rauf)

    Pakistani Military Says Jets Kill 18 Militants

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan— Pakistan’s army says its jets have killed at least 18 militants as part of an ongoing offensive to eliminate militants’ hideouts and ammunition... Read more

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    Could Incapacitating Chemical Weapons Start an Arms Race?

    On October 26 2002, to end a three-day siege on a theatre in Moscow by Chechen terrorists, Russian security forces used a secret incapacitating chemical... Read more

  • A child stands near a sign advising of a quarantined home in an effort to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, Oct. 22, 2014. More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)

    Ebola Has Infected More Than 10,000, Killed Nearly 5,000

    DAKAR, Senegal—More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters gather in Hong Kong's Central District on Oct. 5, 2014. Demonstrators plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Hong Kong Democracy Demonstrators Voting Whether to Stay in the Streets

    HONG KONG—Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for... Read more

  • A woman sits as she distributes flyers of candidates for the parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Ukraine's parliament is something halfway between a wrestling pit and a shady backroom for hatching deals. Optimists believe Sunday's elections will change all that. Voting in a fresh batch of deputies, they hope, could kick-start a nation hobbled by endemic corruption and reliant on creaking Soviet-built industry. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Voters Unexcited by Ukraine Election

    KIEV, Ukraine—Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine’s history. Since the revolution this... Read more

  • WHO: 5 More Ebola Vaccines to be Tested in Jan

    LONDON— The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will... Read more

  • A Pakistani policeman stands guard as a health worker gives a child a polio vaccine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Pakistan Detects More Polio Cases on Awareness Day

    ISLAMABAD— World Health Organization says three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of those affected by the crippling disease in the... Read more

  • Pope Francis attends his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on October 22, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    Pope Francis Condemns Extraordinary Renditions

    VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has condemned the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. In a speech to the... Read more

  • Short-Selling Ban Halts Portugal Telecom Slide

    LISBON, Portugal—A ban on the short-selling of Portugal Telecom shares helped the stock rebound following a plunge that analysts say leaves it vulnerable to a... Read more

  • A model of Israeli weapon company Rafael' C-Dome is presented at the Euronaval show, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Israel's state-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system's much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer's Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like oil and gas platforms. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Israel Unveils Navy Version of ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense

    LE BOURGET, France—Israel’s “Iron Dome” is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage... Read more

  • Security forces and civilians inspect the site of a double car bomb attack that hit a restaurant in the Shiite-majority district of Talibiya in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Bombs Near Baghdad, Iraq Kill 15 People

    BAGHDAD—A series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 15 people, Iraqi officials said as security forces recaptured parts of... Read more

  • Cars are set on fire as Palestinians clash with Israeli border police after Moatez Higazi was shot in east Jerusalem Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Israeli police shot and killed Higazi, who was suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Israel Closes Jerusalem Holy Site After Shooting

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed all access to Jerusalem’s most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following... Read more

  • In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo, File)

    Human Rights Watch Says Islamic State Militants Murdered 600 Iraq Prisoners

    BAGHDAD—Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country’s second-largest city of Mosul... Read more

  • Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks during a news conference Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled, "There is a territory, a people and government," she told reporters in Stockholm. (AP Photo/Annika af Klercker) SWEDEN OUT

    Sweden Recognizes Palestinian State; Israel Upset

    STOCKHOLM—Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador... Read more

  • Dozens of Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq on Oct. 28, 2014, on their way to the battleground Syrian town of Kobani. 'Forty vehicles carrying machineguns and weapons and artillery with 80 of the peshmerga forces will head to Dohuk (province) and then cross the border today,' a Kurdish officer told AFP. A further 72 will fly to Turkey the following day, the officer said. The town on the Turkish border has become a crucial front in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, which overran large parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in Syria. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

    Small Iraqi Peshmerga Force Enters Syrian Town

    SURUC, Turkey—A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group... Read more

  • People cheer a group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops as they arrive in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The peshmergas are on their way to Syria to help Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State group militants in the embattled border town of Kobani or Ayn al-Arab. (AP Photo)

    Peshmerga Troops Cheered by Fellow Kurds in Turkey

    SURUC, Turkey—Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border townof Kobani to try to... Read more

  • Rescue workers use pipes to pump water out of the mine after underground waters flooded a section of the Has Sekerler mine in the town of Ermenek, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Ankara, close to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, early Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in the coal mine, officials and reports said - an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards. Initial reports said flooding inside the coal mine near caused a cave-in, but subsequent reports workers were trapped by the water. (AP Photo/Depo Photos)

    Rescuers Work to Save 18 Trapped Turkish Miners

    ISTANBUL—Rescue workers have been pumping water out of a coal mine in southern Turkey all night as relatives wait anxiously nearby after surging waters trapped... Read more

  • In this image taken from video, a convoy of military vehicles and buses carrying peshmerga forces leave Sanliurfa International Airport in Sanliurfa Province, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops are headed to Syria to help in the fight against Islamic State militants.  (AP Photo/APTN)

    Syrian Rebels Enter Kurdish Town From Turkey

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey— Syrian activists and Kurdish officials say a small group of Syrian rebels have entered the embattled border town of Kobani to help Kurdish... Read more

  • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in New York on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. In his wide-ranging speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Rouhani warned that Islamic terrorists were creating chaos in the Mideast to destroy civilization and generate anti-Muslim hatred, saying they wanted to create "a fertile ground for further intervention of foreign forces in our region." He also said a nuclear agreement was possible before the November deadline if the West wants a deal and shows flexibility. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Iran Assembly Rejects Rouhani Nominee for Minister

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament has dismissed President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee for the post of science minister, arguing that the candidate isn’t fully committed to... Read more

  • The horizon is seen through a telescopic rifle belonging to a Kurdish Peshmerga sniper on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Sept. 15, 2014. (J.M. Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraqi Kurdish Fighters to Head to Syria

    IRBIL, Iraq—Dozens of Iraq’s Kurdish peshmerga fighters will fly to Turkey on Tuesday and from there cross into the Syrian border town of Kobani to... Read more

  • A Palestinian collects wood from the rubble of his destroyed home in Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Egypt Plans Buffer Zone Along Gaza Border

    EL-ARISH, Egypt—Egyptian security officials say authorities have ordered residents living along the country’s eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish... Read more

  • Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, right, walks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after inspecting a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    New Afghanistan President Seeking Money From China

    BEIJING—Afghanistan’s new president began a visit to Beijing on Tuesday seeking Chinese help in rebuilding his country and promoting regional stability. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai received... Read more

  • Kurdish children sit at a window in Suruc, on the Turkish side of the border with Syria, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Kobani Kurd Refugees Find Haven at Nearby Turkish Villages

    ALANYURT, Turkey—Just eight families used to inhabit this small hamlet jutting into no-man’s land on the Turkish-Syrian border, eking out a living from the land,... Read more

  • 23 Workers Reported Trapped in Collapsed Turkey Coal Mine

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey’s state-run television says a coal mine in southern Turkey has collapsed, trapping 23 workers inside. TRT television says the tragedy occurred Tuesday in... Read more

  • Vehicles move towards the skyline of Dubai with the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, then under construction in the background, Jan. 20, 2008. The United Arab Emirates, already home to the world’s tallest tower, is now reaching for the stars, with plans to send the first Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Macy’s to Head Overseas With Branch in Abu Dhabi

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The Middle East will be getting the world’s first Macy’s department store outside the United States, and just for good measure,... Read more

  • Iraqi Shiite men who have volunteered to join government forces and militias in the fight against jihadists from the Islamic State group, take part in a training session in the central city of Hillah on Oct. 18, 2014. The Islamic State group led a sweeping offensive in June that overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland. (Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Australian Teenager Features in Second IS Video

    CANBERRA, Australia— An Australian teenage runaway, dubbed the Ginger Jihadist by the media, has been featured in a second Islamic State propaganda video. Australian media... Read more

  • Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari (C) sits while attending her trial in a court in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 15, 2008. Jabbari was hanged on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. (AP Photo/Golara Sajjadian)

    UN Investigator, Banned by Iran, Not Fazed

    UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations special investigator on Iran is not fazed by a senior official’s announcement that he is banned from the country, saying... Read more

  • Mourners carry the flag-draped coffins of members Shiite militiamen during their funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. A suicide car bomber driving a military Humvee struck a checkpoint manned by the men in the Sunni town of Jurf al-Sakhar south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 24 people, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)

    Car Bombings in Iraq Kill at Least 38 People

    BAGHDAD—Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen,... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 26, 2012 file photo, Marine Gen. John Allen speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. President Barack Obama says he has accepted Allen's request to retire from military. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

    US Official Urges Allies to Combat IS Ideology

    KUWAIT CITY— The retired American general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against Islamic State militants is urging allies to do more to... Read more


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