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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Donors pledge more than US$5 billion to rebuild Gaza but warn it is the last time they will pay

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 10:46pm by WASHPOST

    ... of Gaza. The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Turkey pledged US$200 million each. All told, the donors pledged US$5.4 billion, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende announced on Sunday night. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1615803/donors-pledge-more-us5-billion-rebuild-gaza-warn-it-last-time-they-will
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Iran president slams ‘blunders’ in the Middle East but eyes cooperation with the West

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as they push for a nuclear deal by the deadline. A State Department official said the talks would “take stock of the work ... to enrich uranium, a process that can produce material for a nuclear bomb. It has long denied it is seeking to develop a nuclear arsenal. Rowhani met late on Thursday with German Foreign Minister ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1600592/regional-moderates-should-lead-fight-terror-says-iranian-president-hassan
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State releases new video of British hostage as US coalition takes shape

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 09:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... as well as destroying buildings and vehicles, US Central Command said. A US military officer told reporters that the strike, southeast of Iraq’s IS-controlled second city Mosul, was the first of its kind since the US air campaign began on August 8. About 40 jihadist fighters were on the ground at the time of the strike, the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A second ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595864/obamas-coalition-takes-shape-france-joins-war-islamic-state
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US court orders Arab Bank to compensate victims of Hamas attacks

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:41pm by Reuters

    ... or related to victims of attacks linked to Hamas had sued Arab Bank in 2004. They accused the Jordanian bank of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act which lets victims of US-designated foreign terrorist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599063/us-court-orders-arab-bank-compensate-victims-hamas-attacks
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US and Arab allies strike Islamic State in Syria from air and sea

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 11:32am

    ... in that country to 194. It said eight strikes were also carried out on a group of “seasoned Al-Qaeda” veterans west of Syria’s second city Aleppo to disrupt an “imminent attack plotting against the United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598589/us-and-arab-allies-bomb-islamic-state-jihadists-syria
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State beheading video authentic, says White House

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:59am by Associated Press

    ... and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released last month that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. READ ... with death unless the US stopped airstrikes on IS group in Iraq. In the video distributed on Tuesday and entitled “A Second Message to America,” Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584123/islamic-state-claims-have-beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff fearless in his coverage of human side to Syria's conflict

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:57pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Second US journalist beheaded by Islamic State fearless in covering human side to Syria conflict Executed writer 'helped the weak' Even for a freelance ... 31, in retaliation for US air strikes, the second such killing of a US journalist in two weeks after the execution of James Foley. President Barack Obama said his country would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584623/beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff-fearless-his-coverage-human-side
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Barack Obama urges international response to Islamic State as UK and France weigh air strikes

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Baghdad US President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American ... “I can assure you that we will look at every possible option to protect this person,” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. And French President Francois Hollande likewise raised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584956/barack-obama-calls-international-response-islamic-state-britain-and
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State has up to 31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria: CIA

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 11:48am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... number than a previous estimate of 10,000. Among those in Syria are 15,000 foreign fighters including 2,000 Westerners, some of whom have joined IS, a US intelligence official told reporters. ... of foreign fighters among the Sunni extremists who hold Western passports, potentially enabling them to return from the battlefield prepared to carry out terror attacks in Europe or the United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590754/islamic-state-has-31500-fighters-iraq-and-syria-cia
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Haruna Yukawa's strange path to being a hostage of Islamic State

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 06:02am by Reuters

    ... of a cross-dressing Manchu princess who had spied for Japan in the second world war. By late last year, Yukawa had begun a flirtation with Japan's extreme right-wing politics and cultivated a new persona ... Yukawa's capture by fighters believed to be with Islamic State has pulled Japan into a scramble by various governments to free dozens of foreigners held hostage in Iraq and Syria. The incident ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581991/haruna-yukawas-strange-path-being-hostage-islamic-state

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