Friday, August 22, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

UN Condemns Foley Murder

The UN Security Council has condemned "the heinous and cowardly murder" of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
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Thousands Attend Iran Poet's Funeral

Thousands of Iranians, including prominent intellectuals, artists, and rights activists, have attended a funeral ceremony in Tehran for celebrated poet and women’s rights advocate Simin Behbahani.
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Iraq Mosque Attack,40 Dead

Iraqi officials say at least 40 people have been killed in an attack on a Sunni mosque in northeastern Iraq.
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Sistani Calls On Iraqis To Confront Islamic State

Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called again on all Iraqis to fight Islamic State insurgents.
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Hagel: Islamic State 'Must Be Defeated'

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the militant group Islamic State (IS) poses an "imminent threat" to U.S. interests and "must be defeated."
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U.S. Opens Criminal Investigation Into Journalist Foley's Death

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the killing of journalist James Foley.
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Militant Group's Video Urges Iraq's Yazidis To Convert To Islam

The militant group Islamic State has issued a video that appears aimed to deflect criticism and exhort Iraq's minority Yazidis to convert to Islam.
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Iran's Science Minister Ousted

Iranian lawmakers have dismissed the Islamic republic's science minister in a blow to moderate President Hassan Rohani.
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Germany Ready To Help Arm Iraqi Kurds

Germany says it is ready to send weapons to help Iraqi Kurds fight the Islamic State militant group.
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Kurdish Ministers 'To Rejoin' Iraqi Gov't

Iraqi's outgoing foreign minister, Hoshiyar Zebbari, says Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have rejoined the administration.
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