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Secular TV station challenges religious orthodoxy in Middle East

The Middle East now has its first truly secular media station. Free-mind.tv has launched an online secular news service to provide people across the region with a viewing experience that is free from religious and government interference.

Saudi Arabia withdraws ambassador to Sweden in diplomatic row

Stockholm - A diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Sweden that has frayed relations between two of the world’s most-influential nations could exacerbate philosophical differences that could threaten cooperation in the battle against terrorism.

Op-Ed: ISIS and Apocalyptic Islam — The threat and how to overcome it

The non-Muslim world, approximately 6 billion of us, is facing a challenge from fatalistic voices and actions born of Apocalyptic Islam — and we need to take action against this challenge.

Intelligence agencies identify executioner in ISIS videos

London - Two unnamed U.S. officials confirmed Thursday that a black-dressed militant who spoke for the Islamic State group in a series of gruesome videos is London-born Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old Islamic militant already known to British security services.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

Op-Ed: Congress must approve force, with ground troops, against ISIS

President Barack Obama wants Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, and may ask for it as early as Friday, February 6. Why Congress must approve this request, including the use of boots on the ground.

Hezbollah, Israel on edge as border fighting erupts

Beirut - Tensions are escalating along Israel's border and occupied territories, as a Hezbollah unit launched a strike that killed at least four IDF soldiers, initial reports said.

Op-Ed: How did Syria get this way? Special

The conflict in Syria is now in its fourth year. A once beautiful country has been torn apart, yet despite all this the people remain some of the warmest and most reslient I have ever met. This is a photo essay of my time in the country last year.

Review: New Book about the Crusades & Queen Melisende will amaze & dismay Special

Obscure figures like Hatshepsut come to this reporter's mind when hearing about the forgotten Queen Melisende who ruled over Jerusalem from 1131 to 1153. Little known and often purposely ignored by some of the chroniclers of the time,

Despite Middle East turmoil Turkey is still a tourist destination

The terror treat from the Middle East may be expected to have had a negative impact on tourism in the area but reports from tourist boards show this isn't true for neighbouring Turkey as 42 million are expected to visit the country by the end of the year.

Op-Ed: Defeating ISIS won't stop terrorism in the Middle East

It is clear that most U.S. elected and nonelected political "leaders" are willing, once again, to sacrifice our ecosystem, blood and national treasure on the hot, sinking sands of the Middle East. Fear and campaign finances are powerful motivators.

Op-Ed: ISIS. Do we really know what we are doing? Special

Much is being made of attempts to destroy ISIS but the question needs to be asked, will the current strategy work or will it lead to increased chaos in the Middle East?

Op-Ed: ISIS and the terrorizing politics of the Middle East

The terrible firestorm currently raging out of control in the Middle East was not ignited by the 'Islamic State' or any one group or state. The U.S. military cannot extinguish it; only make it worse..

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.
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Free Syrian Arab Army liberating Helfaya, Hama
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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."
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Emergency Rally for Palestine in Edmonton, July 8, 2014.
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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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The Neyshabur region in northern Iran
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Sanaa, Yemen: Protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest against a film produced in the U.S
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Fourth Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton.
Fourth Emergency Rally for Gaza in Edmonton.
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Old City Cafe in Cranford New Jersey
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A protester raising Libya's Independence flag above the Libyan Embassy in Zamalek,Cairo
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A soldier aims his weapon on rebel targets in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.
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A Syrian boy who recently fled from Syria displays a drawing of the Syrian opposition flag on his face
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Unemployment tops 37 percent and is widely seen as driving Yemen’s multiple security crises and instability.
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Displaced children in Habban area in the south.
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A protester in Gaza
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