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Iraq clashes between Kurdish fighters, IS delay evacuation of Yazidis

Iraq clashes between Kurdish fighters, IS delay evacuation of Yazidis

December 20, 2014 - 17:57 AMT  13:57 GMT
The Kurdish peshmerga troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched the operation to retake Mt. Sinjar on December 17.
China offers over $3 billion in aid to neighbors

China offers over $3 billion in aid to neighbors

December 20, 2014 - 16:25 AMT  12:25 GMT
Chinese Premier said the offer included $1 billion for infrastructure, $490 million for poverty alleviation and $1.6 billion in special loans.
Turkey issues arrest warrant for Gulen over coup plot allegation

Turkey issues arrest warrant for Gulen over coup plot allegation

December 20, 2014 - 16:04 AMT  12:04 GMT
Over 20 journalists working for media outlets thought to be sympathetic to the Gulen movement were arrested last weekend.
U.S-led coalition air strikes target IS militants in Iraq, Syria

U.S-led coalition air strikes target IS militants in Iraq, Syria

December 20, 2014 - 12:11 AMT  08:11 GMT
Eleven strikes in Iraq hit several groups of IS militants as well as other vehicles and a building; in Syria, four air strikes hit two units of militant fighters.
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850M in damages for oil spill

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850M in damages for oil spill

December 20, 2014 - 12:03 AMT  08:03 GMT
The oil spill was caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.
Obama orders ban of goods, technology and services to Crimea

Obama orders ban of goods, technology and services to Crimea

December 20, 2014 - 10:30 AMT  06:30 GMT
The executive order also imposes new sanctions on certain Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies.
Israel bombs Hamas militant base in Gaza

Israel bombs Hamas militant base in Gaza

December 20, 2014 - 10:24 AMT  06:24 GMT
The strike was the first since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.
Russia says 'deeply disappointed' with new U.S. sanctions

Russia says 'deeply disappointed' with new U.S. sanctions

December 19, 2014 - 22:49 AMT  18:49 GMT
"Russia is ready for dialogue and cooperation, but only on the principles of equality and real respect for our interests," the ministry said.
Turkish court issues arrest warrant for U.S.-based Islamic scholar

Turkish court issues arrest warrant for U.S.-based Islamic scholar

December 19, 2014 - 22:38 AMT  18:38 GMT
The request noted that Gülen has been abroad since 1998 and the prosecution was not able to contact him for the investigation.
UK women may be allowed to serve in army combat units

UK women may be allowed to serve in army combat units

December 19, 2014 - 17:45 AMT  13:45 GMT
Women already serve as fighter pilots, sailors and submariners but not in the infantry and armored corps.
3 Turkish men arrested in Germany over spying charges

3 Turkish men arrested in Germany over spying charges

December 19, 2014 - 15:43 AMT  11:43 GMT
Prosecutors did not elaborate or say when the alleged spying took place, but said arrest warrants were issued on Nov 11.
Pakistan's military says it killed 57 Taliban militants

Pakistan's military says it killed 57 Taliban militants

December 19, 2014 - 15:18 AMT  11:18 GMT
Efforts to stamp out insurgent networks have focused on the North Waziristan agency on the border with Afghanistan.
One million people wounded in Syria, diseases spreading: WHO

One million people wounded in Syria, diseases spreading: WHO

December 19, 2014 - 14:45 AMT  10:45 GMT
“You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees. This is the biggest problem,” said Hoff.
Turks’ vision for coming year negative: EU survey

Turks’ vision for coming year negative: EU survey

December 19, 2014 - 13:52 AMT  09:52 GMT
The study revealed that 48% of people living in Turkey do not trust the government, a rise of 4% since the previous survey.
Israel won't accept

Israel won't accept "unilateral" recognition of Palestine: Netanyahu

December 19, 2014 - 12:58 AMT  08:58 GMT
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman also played down the chances of the Palestinians' UN bid achieving a breakthrough.
IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken, Kurdish forces say

IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken, Kurdish forces say

December 19, 2014 - 12:43 AMT  08:43 GMT
A statement from the Kurdish command said large numbers of militant fighters had fled westwards into Syria or eastwards towards Mosul.
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