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    Sweden recognises state of Palestine; first major European state to do so

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 05:28am by AFP

    ... European country to do so. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, said: "It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right ... and Palestinians. In yesterday's announcement, Sweden's foreign minister said that "the government considers that international law criteria for recognition of a Palestinian state have been ...

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    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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

    ... in the area, where Kurdish militia have doggedly resisted the jihadists. Washington estimates that IS has 20,000 to 31,000 fighters, including many foreigners, and there are concerns that returning ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ... in Iraq. “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State... despite our serious warnings,” the fighter said. At the end of the video, he threatened ...

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

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:52am

    ... “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 ... Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 25, a US official said on Wednesday. His Secretary of State John Kerry revealed he ...

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

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

    ... not be "intimidated". British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that the masked, British-accented jihadi appeared to be the same person shown in the Foley footage. In the new video, the organisation also ... work. Others included TIME and Foreign Policy. The precise circumstances of Sotloff's abduction in the first week of August 2013 remain unclear, as does the identity of his original ...

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

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

    ... 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 ... Japan's foreign ministry has declined to identify the captured person or to comment. The picture of Yukawa that emerges from his writing and the accounts of his father and people who had met him ...




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