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In razing homes, Israel revives tough punishment

  JERUSALEM (AP) — In razing family homes of Palestinian attackers, Israel is reviving a draconian punishment it largely halted a decade ago as ineffective and counterproductive. Israel says it is resuming the demolitions — condemned by human rights groups as a violation of international law — because it needs more tools to stop a [...]

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‘Severe’ terror threat requires new powers

  LONDON (AP) — Britain’s interior minister said Monday, November 24, that the country faces its greatest-ever threat from terrorism, as she announced measures to control suspects, strengthen online scrutiny and prevent insurance companies from paying terrorist ransoms. Home Secretary Theresa May said the advance of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq had [...]

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Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

VIENNA (AP) — Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday, November 24, deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran’s atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said. Under the terms of limited agreements reached after a frenetic six days of [...]

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Women are not equal to men says Turkish president

  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting Monday, November 24, in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women [...]

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Israel leader vows to pass nationality law

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister has vowed to pass a contentious nationality law, but is leaving the door open to negotiations to soften the language. Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Likud Party on Monday, November 24, that he is determined to pass the legislation. The bill seeks to define Israel as the [...]

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Baghdad bombing kills 9 people

  BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a car bomb near a crowded Baghdad marketplace has killed 9 people and wounded 20. The attack happened in the mainly Sunni Shaab neighborhood. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke anonymously as they were not authorized to [...]

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US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria

  ISTANBUL (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday will become the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition’s fight against Islamic State extremists. His visit follows weeks of public bickering between the two NATO allies. The Turkish president insists that [...]

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Tunisia heats up ahead of presidential election

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s first free presidential election is boiling down to two candidates with divergent views of the revolution that transformed this former dictatorship. The clear front-runner in Sunday’s ballot is veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi, who has been campaigning for the restoration of the state’s prestige in the face of the [...]

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Kerry to leave nuke talks, Iran ponders next step

  VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving Iran’s foreign minister to ponder an apparent new proposal from Washington meant to bridge differences standing in the way of a deal with less than four days to deadline. Iranian officials and media initially [...]

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As fears rise in Myanmar, Rohingya exodus grows

  SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — The captain of the small fishing vessel has spent most of his life helping fellow Rohingya Muslims escape persecution and hatred in Myanmar, but now even he is worried about the panicked pace the exodus has taken in recent weeks. “Everyone is going now,” Puton Nya said. “I’m afraid that [...]

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Bin Laden documentary is tops for Fox

  NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s two-part documentary on the former Navy SEAL who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden is the network’s most popular documentary ever. Reporter Peter Doocy’s interview with Robert O’Neill averaged just over three million viewers last Tuesday and Wednesday, the Nielsen company said. [...]

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