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Op-Ed: Obama morphs into Oval Office cowboy on Middle East

Washington - Tuesday, Obama told America’s elected congressional leaders that he already has the "authority he needs to take action" against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).

Peter Curtis freed after being held in Syria for two years

US journalist Peter Curtis has been freed from Syria. He was held captive for two years before his release. This story is still developing and will be updated as new details emerge.

Palestinians say ceasefire with Israel extended for five days

Cairo - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say a new ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to allow further negotiations on a longer-term deal.

Hamas resumes rocket fire as 72-hour truce ends

Gaza - Israel resumed air strikes against Palestinian facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to missiles fired by Hamas militants marking the end of a 72-hour ceasefire.

Gaza: Counting the humanitarian cost as 72-hour ceasefire starts

Gaza - Israel has announced that all its forces are to withdraw from the Gaza Strip as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas.

Rally calls for Canadian support of Gaza Special

Edmonton - As the death toll increases, rallies supporting the people of Gaza continue around the world. In Edmonton, the fourth rally in three weeks took place on July 30.

Op-Ed: Coca-Cola commercializes 21st century slavery

Dubai - A Coca-Cola commercial uploaded to YouTube back in May has suddenly generated a great deal of attention and not the kind Coke's marketing department was seeking.

U.S. military intelligence director pessimistic on Mideast peace

Aspen - Israel might face an even greater threat from the Gaza Strip if the ruling Hamas terrorist group was destroyed, a top U.S. intelligence official said Saturday.

Cheetahs are being wiped out and selfies are the reason

Across the ages, men and women have always found ways to impress each other--the latest fashion trends, the newest dance moves, or maybe a photo with a cute puppy or kitten.

Palestinian supporters storm pitch, fight with Israeli players

Bischofshofen - As the conflict in the Middle East rages on, its effects seem to be felt everywhere. Hatred between both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine supporters is becoming more apparent throughout the world.

Ted Cruz claims FAA flight ban is 'economic boycott of Israel'

Texas Republican Ted Cruz attacked the Obama administration on Wednesday, claiming the FAA flight ban to Israel was politically motivated.

ISIS leader demands female genital mutilation of 2 million girls

Mosul - A Jihadist leader associated with the militant Islamist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — has ordered that all women aged from 11 to 46 years in Iraq undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a UN spokeswoman.

Al Jazeera reporters evacuate building after shots are fired

Two "precise" shots fired into the Al Jazeera prompted an evacuation Tuesday morning. There are no reports of any fatalities from their branch on the Gaza Strip.

Death toll in Gaza Strip passes 100 as Israeli assault continues

Jerusalem - Israel said Friday that it would keep up its attack on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for as long as it took Palestinian militants to stop firing rockets across the border.

Rally protests collective punishment against Gaza Special

Edmonton - An emergency rally held in Edmonton on July 8 called for an end to what protesters called collective punishment against the people of Gaza.

Towards Southern Shores: Russia in the Middle East Special

Russia's close support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria over the last three years along with its recent annexation of Crimea has led to considerable worry over its intentions and foreign policy. But how much of it do we in fact understand?

Middle East football fans enjoy and endure the World Cup

Wall-to-wall television coverage of the World Cup in Brazil has been made available across the Middle East for the first time with this completion. A new survey reveals exactly how people plan to enjoy (or otherwise) the tournament.

Op-Ed: ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Who is it good for?

An alternative point of view regarding Islamist group ISIS and the chaos they are spreading in the middle east. This article is based on my own experience of the politics of the region.

Terrorists steal $425 million in cash and more

Terrorists affiliated with ISIS have made off with 500 billion Iraqi dinars ($425 million) in addition to an undisclosed quantity of gold bullion.

Mideast leaders arrive at Vatican for prayers, talks

Well, why not? When armed conflict and diplomacy fail to change people's minds, maybe prayer is the next best option after all.

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.

'Industrial scale' justice as Egypt court sentences 683 to death

Minya - A court in Egypt, Monday, recommended the death penalty for 683 people after a mass trial that’s been heavily criticized both by European government leaders and human rights organizations.

Israelis, Palestinians meet Wednesday in effort save peace talks

Washington - Negotiators for Israel and the Palestinian Authority plan to meet Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to save failing peace talks scheduled to expire at the end of April.

Bashar al-Assad to hold presidential elections this summer

Damascus - The Syrian presidential election will proceed as scheduled, at least according to officials. Despite the heavy death toll and destruction in the war-torn country, experts say things are looking up for Bashar al-Assad.

Op-Ed: Syria -Three Years and a Lost Childhood

Today marks three years since the conflict in Syria began, three incredibly long, tumultuous years for far too many innocent children.

White House pressured by key senators over Iran nuclear talks

As negotiations with Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program entered its second day on Sunday, President Barack Obama remained under fire by key senators from both parties for ignoring prior legislation on Iranian sanctions.

Start date for next round of Iran nuclear talks confirmed

Munich - Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has confirmed the next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program will start in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 18.

Death toll rises in Egypt as tensions spread to Libya

Cairo - With at least 49 dead, and hundreds injured in clashes between protesters and security forces, possibly the last thing stability in Egypt needs is tension with Libya, after five Egyptian diplomats are reportedly kidnapped in Tripoli.

Op-Ed: John Kerry claims that U.S. is actively engaged in Middle East

Davos Platz - Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal said that he had hoped the the U.S. would have invaded Syria by now. In Davos, he complained that U.S. foreign policy is increasingly disengaged from the region and also lacks direction.

2013 a record year for Rolls-Royce

The luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has just released figures showing that 2013 was a record breaking year for the company. The two biggest growth markets were in China and the Middle East.
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Fourth Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton.
Fourth Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton.
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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A military unit in Yemen s Saada Province.
A military unit in Yemen's Saada Province.
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile f...
Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
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Protesters calling for change in Libya
Protesters calling for change in Libya
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Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and in...
Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and instability.
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to  systemic genocides of Hazaras.
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
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The Jordanian flag
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President Ali Abdallah Saleh and his delegation meet US Secretary of Defence Donald H Rumsfeld and h...
President Ali Abdallah Saleh and his delegation meet US Secretary of Defence Donald H Rumsfeld and his staff at the Pentagon on June 8, 2004. The two met to discuss defense issues of mutual interest.
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
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Spiral of light and smoke seen over Middle Eastern countries on June 7  2012
Spiral of light and smoke seen over Middle Eastern countries on June 7, 2012
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A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists an...
A horrific image of a young Christian woman in Syria who was gang raped by over a dozen jihadists and then murdered in her home. Signs of torture are obvious as her eyes are gouged out and a large wooden crucifix is jammed into her mouth. The jihadists also appear to have made an unsuccessful effort to severe her left breast. This image was released to the public by the parents of the young woman who want the world, especially the West, to know the plight of Christians in Syria.
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in ea...
A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
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The Hazara people are urging for the halt to  systemic genocides of Hazaras.
The Hazara people are urging for the halt to "systemic genocides of Hazaras."
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Rick Francona
Rick Francona
Rick Francona
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton  July 8  2014.
Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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An injured child in a Gaza hospital
An injured child in a Gaza hospital
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon  Alpha Battery  1st Battalion  319th Airborne Field Artillery Re...
U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment prepare for a early morning mission out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq
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