Category: World News

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Brief news coming over the wires Spain 03/03/2016 – 06:46 2 minutes ago  Spain: Police seizes about 20,000 military-style uniforms to be sent to Islamic State and Al-Nusra Congo Kinshasa 03/03/2016 – 06:12 36 minutes ago  DR Congo: 3 employees of international…

ISIS, in a First, Says It’s Behind Attack in Capital of Syria

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GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A car bomb tore up a vegetable market and a police officers’ club in Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday, according to a witness and to regional news reports, striking an area that had been quiet for…

Iran reaches nuclear agreement with world powers

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The comprehensive agreement between Iran and six world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme—after protracted, intense and complicated negotiations—represents not just a new departure in non-proliferation but a cooling of the enmity between Iran and the US going back…

Report: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

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The U.S. National Security Agency was developing in 2008 a software implant for Apple iPhones that allowed the agency to take almost total control of the device, including retrieving text messages and voicemail and remotely turning on its microphone and…

Second blast in Russia kills 14 a day after first attack

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AT least 14 people were killed yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed trolleybus in Volgograd a day after a deadly attack on the southern Russian city’s train station, raising fresh concerns about security at the…

December 2013 Briefs

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Jamestown.org: EASTERN SYRIAN MILITANT LEADER ANNOUNCES CHANGE OF ALLEGIANCE FROM FSA TO AL-QAEDA Saddam al-Jamal, the former leader of the Liwa Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest Brigade) announced his defection from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to join the Islamic State…

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria

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The Telegraph: The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warship poised for missile strikes in Syria. Iran has threatened to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high…

Royal Rivalry in the Levant: Saudi Arabia and Qatar Duel over Syria

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Jamestown.org: The cycle of calamity plaguing Syria continues to intensify with no end in sight. Syria’s predicament today is far removed from the initial outburst of mass dissent witnessed in March 2011 that saw the Ba’athist regime violently suppress demonstrations…