Saturday, September 20, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

45,000 Syrian Kurds Flee Islamic State

Ankara says tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing clashes with Islamic State militants.
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Turkish Hostages Seized By IS Freed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced that 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been brought safely back to Turkey.
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Security Council Backs Iraq Gov't

The UN Security Council has expressed support for Iraq's new government as it confronts Islamist State (IS) militants.
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Iran, World Powers Begin New Nuke Talks

Iran and six wold powers have opened a new round of talks to settle differences preventing a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.
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'Happy' Iranians Get Suspended Sentences

Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" have been given suspended jail and lashes sentences.
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Sakharov Prize Nominees Announced

A law professor and a Christian religious leader in Iraq, an Azerbaijani rights defender, and Ukraine's pro-Western Euromaidan movement are among the nominees for the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.
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Tajik President: 200 Jihadists In Iraq, Syria

Tajikistan's president says some 200 Tajik nationals have joined Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
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Obama 'Open To Rohani Meeting'

U.S. President Barack Obama is not scheduled to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani next week when both will be at the UN General Assembly, but a senior U.S. official said Obama remains open to such a meeting.
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France Begins Air Strikes Against IS

U.S. President Barack Obama made a statement on September 18, thanking Congress for voting to help train and equip moderate Syrian rebels and also thanking France for offering to help in striking the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.
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France To Conduct Air Strikes Against IS

President Francois Hollande says France will soon begin air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.
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