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EU toughens sanctions on Syria

Luxembourg¬†-¬†European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose tougher sanctions on Syria as the bloody conflict there enters its fourth summer. “In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria,” 12 government ministers would be hit with travel bans and asset freezes “given their responsibility for serious human rights violations,” a statement said. […]

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Iran rejects U.S. action in Iraq, ISIL tightens Syria border grip

Iran rejects U.S. action in Iraq, ISIL tightens Syria border grip

(Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader accused the United States on Sunday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove towards Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s condemnation of U.S. action came three days after President Barack Obama offered to send 300 military advisers […]

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Netanyahu urges U.S. not to work with Iran to stabilize Iraq

Netanyahu urges U.S. not to work with Iran to stabilize Iraq

(Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the United States should try to weaken both Iran and the Sunni Muslim insurgents driving toward Baghdad, urging the Obama administration not to work with Tehran to help stabilize Iraq. “What you’re seeing in the Middle East today in Iraq and in Syria is the […]

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U.S. missile defense system destroys target in key test

U.S. missile defense system destroys target in key test

(Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said. The intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. […]

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Attack from Syria kills Israeli teen on Golan, Israel says

Attack from Syria kills Israeli teen on Golan, Israel says

(Reuters) – An attack from inside Syria on Sunday killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy on the occupied Golan Heights, the first fatality on Israel’s side of the frontier since the Syrian civil war began, relatives and the military said. Israeli tanks fired at Syrian army positions in response to what an Israeli military spokesman described […]

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Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

(Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday. Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to […]

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Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin urges dialogue

Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin urges dialogue

(Reuters) – Fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, both sides reported on Sunday, further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kiev to talk to the rebels. Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, at separate ceremonies marking the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, […]

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After port fraud, China’s vast warehouse sector under scrutiny

(Reuters) – Shaken by a fraud investigation into metal financing in the world’s seventh-busiest port, banks and trading houses have been made painfully aware of the risks they face storing commodities in China’s sprawling warehouse sector. The probe at Qingdao port centers around a private metals trading firm suspected of duplicating warehouse certificates in order […]

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Accusations of election fraud gather pace in Afghanistan

Accusations of election fraud gather pace in Afghanistan

(Reuters) – The party of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio on Sunday that it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first time. The audio purports to show that Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil made phone […]

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Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy ‘poll’ in defiance of Beijing

Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy ‘poll’ in defiance of Beijing

(Reuters) – Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by the former British colony and by Communist Party authorities in Beijing. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy under […]

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