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Turkish court issues warrant for Erdogan rival Fethullah Gulen

Order follows arrests of journalists and police officers amid growing European Union concern about media freedom under Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The court agreed an earlier request by prosecutors for the arrest notice but it remains to be seen if the… 459 more words


Iran plans large-scale military drill near Strait of Hormuz

Iran is set to hold a wide scale military drill near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, Iranian state television said on Thursday.

The drill will last a week, starting December 25, and span 850,000 square miles across the entrance to the… 80 more words


Breaking news - Ruble continues recovery hours before Putin's Q&A

The Russian currency has opened higher Thursday, continuing its recovery from the biggest intraday drop since 1998 default on so-called ‘Black Tuesday’.

The dollar was down 65 kopeks at the opening on the… 253 more words


Qatar hires ‘$8 fake fans’ to fill empty stadiums

Migrant workers in Qatar get one dollar an hour for sitting in the stadiums and pretending to have fun, to applaud and to do the wave, AP reports. 426 more words


Middle East Updates / Report: Rebels' 'hell cannons' kill over 300 Syrian civilians

Source: haaretz.com

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4:00 P.M. Report: Rebels’ ‘hell cannons’ kill over 300 Syrian civilians

Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons. 375 more words

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Impending CIA Interrogation Report Creates Fear of Violence

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in Senate report

‘Unconscionable': Top Republicans lash out ahead of release of CIA report

U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 404 more words


Syria Says Israeli Airstrikes Hit Near Damascus

Source: abcnews.go.com

Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes Sunday near Damascus, one near the city’s international airport and a second outside a town close to the Lebanese border, Syria’s state news agency said. 233 more words

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