Saturday, August 23, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Iran Opens Nuclear Fuel Plant

Iran has opened a plant to produce fuel for the country's civilian nuclear plants.
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Kicked Off Twitter And Facebook, Islamic State Finds New Tools

Following the beheading of American journalist James Foley, U.S.-based social networks ramped up efforts to ban accounts linked to the Islamic State militant group.
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Wave Of Bombings Hits Iraq

A suicide bomber has killed at least eight people in an attack on the Interior Ministry in central Baghdad just hours after a suicide bomber attack near Tikrit killed nine soldiers.
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Iraq Investigating Mosque Attack

Iraqi officials say they are investigating an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed at least 68 people on August 22.
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Iranian President, FM To Make Visits To Russia

Iranian President Hassan Rohani is scheduled to make an official visit to Russia next month to take part in a Caspian states summit.
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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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