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Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIL find solace in Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq – Exactly four years ago, a whole community of Iraqi Christians who lived for decades in the lush plains of the northeast fled their homes, never to return. Displaced by the expansion of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – which rapidly overran vast territories in Iraq, eventually seizing one-third of the […]

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Georgia remains strongly pro-West 10 years after war with Russia

Georgia has only one highway. It cuts through the country horizontally in the middle, connecting its east to the west.  Any hostile act on E60 would pose an existential threat to the whole nation, disrupting its food supply route. And Georgians are well aware of the potential consequences of such a scenario. It’s exactly what […]

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Tourists flee Lombok as Indonesian quake death toll rises

Tourists fled the Indonesian island of Lombok on Monday after a magnitude-6.9 earthquake killed at least 98 people – a death toll expected to rise. More than 200 people were seriously injured in Sunday’s shallow quake as rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors in remote areas. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the […]

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Report: Saudi-UAE coalition ‘cut deals’ with al-Qaeda in Yemen

A military coalition battling Houthi rebels secured secret deals with al-Qaeda in Yemen and recruited hundreds of the group’s fighters, a news report said on Monday. For more than two years, a Saudi-led alliance – backed by US logistical and weapons support – claimed it crushed al-Qaeda’s ability to carry out attacks from Yemen. However, an investigation […]

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ISIL sleeper cell attacks remain a threat in northern Iraq

Government leaders in northern Iraq say ISIL sleeper cells remain a threat – but a recent attack there isn’t a sign of the group’s revival. The Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group eight months ago. The ISIL attack on the Kurdistan Regional Government headquarters two weeks ago […]

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The future of Iran nuclear deal after new US sanctions

The European Union says it’s sticking to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, despite the US’ withdrawal. In a statement, it said it ”deeply regrets” the re-imposition of US sanctions. Iran’s foreign minister says his country will overcome the economic measures and won’t be changing its regional policies. In Tehran, carpet sellers, car dealers and […]

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Brazil: Bolsonaro puts military general as VP on election ticket

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, one of the frontrunners in Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, has picked a military general to be his running mate. The 63-year-old, a member of the Social Liberal Party and a former army captain himself, announced his choice of reserve general Hamilton Mourao on Sunday. Mourao, of the conservative Brazilian Labor Renewal Party, told reporters it […]

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What Italians should learn from Trump’s America

Only a couple of months after the formation of its new extremist, anti-system government, Italy appears to be getting increasingly closer to its fascist past. It had already barred rescue boats from bringing desperate refugees to its shores and proposed registering Romani communities in a census and deport those without Italian citizenship, stoking fears of […]

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