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Saudi Arabia’s new jihadists: poorly trained but hard to stop

Technical hitches limited the death tolls in three suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia but the apparent coordination of the blasts suggests jihadis have the tools to sustain their bombing campaign. Three young Saudis detonated explosive vests near a Shi’ite mosque in Qatif last Monday, killing only themselves, while an attack by another young Saudi suicide

Gaza Rockets Threaten Nuclear Plant as Israel Vows Force

 Palestinian militants extended their rocket barrage against Israel to threaten its Dimona nuclear plant as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to ratchet up the military assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian death toll neared 70 since July 8 from Israeli air raids and a firefight with Palestinian commandos who infiltrated across Gaza’s

Iraq Disputes Authenticity Of Video Showing Islamic State Leader Calling For ‘Jihad’

 A video purported to show Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a July 4 sermon in Mosul, and ordering Muslims to “obey” his calls for “jihad,” is being described as “indisputably” fake by an Iraqi government spokesman. As Breitbart News reported on June 29, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared

Assad Assured Another Term as Syrians Vote Amid Civil War

 Syrians in government-controlled areas went to the polls today in an election that’s set to give President Bashar al-Assad new impetus to suppress rebels fighting against him in a three-year civil war. Some voters pricked their fingers and squeezed a drop of blood on the circle under Assad’s picture, eschewing the privacy of the polling

Dozens Killed in Ukraine Fire as Clashes Erupt in Odessa

 Dozens were killed in Ukraine after a building in Odessa was set ablaze during clashes and government forces attacked separatists near the Russian border in one of the deadliest days since the Ukrainian conflict erupted. The violence reached Odessa, where the government of Ukraine’s third-largest city said more than 40 people died and 174 were

Ukraine Troops Move on Rebel Stronghold Defying Putin

 Ukraine sent armored vehicles and artillery to retake Slovyansk, a stronghold for pro-separatist forces, defying President Vladimir Putin’s demand to pull back troops with Russia’s army massed across the border. Interior Ministry forces were dispatched at 4:30 a.m. local time to displace the militants from seized buildings and free hostages, including eight international monitors, minister

Russia Faces More Sanctions as Monitors Held in Ukraine

 Group of Seven leaders agreed to impose additional sanctions on Russia, blaming it for stoking the conflict in Ukraine as the Ukrainian government said militants had taken international monitors hostage. Penalties are to be unveiled early next week by the U.S. and the European Union, according to a European diplomat and an American official. The

UN Security Council to meet Sunday on Ukraine

The U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting at Russia’s request to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. Russia’s U.N. mission sent a text message to reporters saying a closed meeting of the Security Council would begin at 8 p.m. Sunday (0000 GMT). The Russian mission said it had requested the meeting. The President

Pro-Russia protesters in east Ukraine seize weapons: Interior Ministry

 Pro-Russian protesters who broke into state security headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk have seized weapons, and highway police have closed down entrances into the city, local police said on Monday. Mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine has seen a sharp rise in tension since Moscow-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s overthrow in February and the

The upper house of the Russian parliament voted in favor of sending troops to Crimea

 Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to use Russian military forces in Ukraine. The move is aimed to settle the turmoil in the split country. The upper house of the Russian parliament has voted in favor of sending troops to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which would ensure peace and order

Ukraine Fighting Kills at Least 18 as Kiev Barricades Burn

 Clashes in Ukraine between police and anti-government activists killed at least 18 people and left hundreds injured in the bloodiest episode of the country’s three-month standoff. Eleven civilians and seven policemen were confirmed dead during clashes yesterday and through the night as security forces moved to clear out the main protest camp in Kiev. Thousands