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October 2015

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At least 40 killed in missile attack on Syrian town – monitor

At least 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded when Syrian government forces fired missiles into a marketplace in a town near Damascus, a conflict monitor and a local rescue group said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of sources on the ground, said government forces fired 12 missiles at Douma, 10 miles (15 km) northeast of Damascus. Douma has suffered intense bombardment in recent months in a wave of…
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October 30, 2015
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If Turkey chooses Erdogan at the polls this weekend, Isis will gain strength and the refugee crisis will worsen

This weekend Turkey will once again head to the polls after its last election in June produced a hung parliament and the country's parties failed to form a government. There is much more at stake in these elections than simply deciding who rules and who does not: it will decide whether Turkey’s future is war and bloodshed, or peace and stability. For the latter, Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan simply must go before he leads Turkey further into destruction. Turkey…
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October 30, 2015
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The Yemen conflict will require more U.N. involvement

In recent interviews and press conferences, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Yemen, the Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed, has explained the U.N.-brokered plan to bring Yemen’s warrying parties to the negotiating table. It involves a step-by-step diplomatic process with various rounds of separate preparatory meetings to take place in Muscat and Riyadh. Only then will Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the leadership of the northern Houthi rebels meet face to face in Geneva. Technicalities aside (although quite important…
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October 30, 2015
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Egypt runoffs saw 21 percent turnout in half of provinces

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s election authority said Friday that the turnout in election runoffs held in half of the country’s provinces earlier this week was just under 22 percent. Almost half of the parliament’s 596 seats were up for grabs in first round, which took place in 14 provinces, including Cairo’s twin city of Giza and the port city of Alexandria. The High Elections Committee said that the “For the Love of Egypt” pro-government candidates won all 60 seats designated…
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October 30, 2015
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Rockets near Baghdad airport kill soldiers, Iranian refugees

BAGHDAD — A barrage of rockets slammed late Thursday into a former military base near the Baghdad International Airport that houses an Iranian refugee group, killing three Iraqi soldiers, officials said. The Iranian exiles said at least 20 of their people died in the attack. Iraqi police said 16 rockets hit Camp Liberty, a former U.S. base that now houses the exiled Iranian opposition group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. They said at least 16 soldiers guarding the camp were also…
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October 29, 2015
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PM: no second chances in EU referendum

DAVID CAMERON will lead Britain out of the European Union if the public votes no in the referendum, the prime minister will announce this week, when he will declare that “leave means leave”. In an attempt to shore up his position, Cameron will signal that he has no intention of resigning even if he has backed a “yes” vote but the public supports withdrawal. Senior Tories have argued that the best way of securing a new deal for Britain would…
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October 25, 2015