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  • Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries. The pontiff in his traditional Angelus blessing on Sunday offered prayers for Iraqi Christians who "are persecuted, chased away, forced to leave their houses without out the possibility of taking anything" with them. Christians departed Mosul this week for the largely autonomous Kurdish region after they were issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. It's the latest exodus of Christians from the city where communities date from the first centuries of Christianity.

  • In Iran, a spark of enthusiasm for America’s national pastime - The Washington Post

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    TEHRAN — Down a dirt road in a back corner of a vast Tehran sports complex, several dozen young men recently took part in tryouts for Iran’s national baseball team, Washington Post reports. These ballplayers, some of them fasting for the holy month of Ramadan in the scorching July heat, are part of a small but growing number of Iranians taking up America’s pastime despite long odds.

  • US Cousin of Slain Teen Beaten, Jailed in Jerusalem

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    (Newser) – A Tampa high school student protesting his cousin's murder in Jerusalem this week is now the center of an international story himself. Tariq Khdeir, 15, who is spending the summer with Palestinian relatives in Jerusalem, was beaten by Israeli forces during a protest on Thursday and is still being detained, reports WTSP. "You can see video of them really stomping on his face," says an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has circulated video of the arrest and photos of the teen's swollen and bruised face. Police say the video is "edited and biased."

  • Syrian Electronic Army hacks Israeli military's Twitter account

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    The Syrian Electronic Army took credit July 3 for hacking the Twitter account of the Israel Defense Forces, Circa reports. One hacked tweet read: "#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets Dimona nuclear facility." The hacked tweets were quickly deleted. The hacker group has attacked the online accounts of several prominent organizations in recent months including, including those belonging to Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona, Forbes, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Guardian, among others, according to Circa.

  • 'Islamic State' Leader: Next We Take Rome

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    (Newser) – A self-proclaimed "caliph" of the Middle East is urging Muslims worldwide to join the fight in Iraq and one day conquer the world, "if Allah wills," Newser reports.

  • Iraqi conflict leads to higher oil prices

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Tensions are rising in Iraq again, and oil prices are going up as well. The common pattern is repeating itself again. The rapid increase in domestic oil production has helped minimize some of the typical effects, but oil is still a global commodity heavily influenced by geopolitical issues.

  • Edmond triple-amputee, veteran wants to make statement with tattoo about his injuries

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer, | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Triple amputee Rusty Dunagan has a tattoo that makes a statement about his injuries he received in a 2010 Afghanistan land mine and bomb attack. The 33-year-old retired U.S. Army staff sergeant is moving forward with his life.

  • All for nothing? Oklahomans with close connections to the war say they are deeply disappointed with Iraq's progress

    By Kyle Hinchey, Staff Writer, | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Two years after the last American troops pulled out of the country, and after the death of nearly 4,500 U.S. military service members, some Oklahomans with close connections to the war say they are deeply disappointed with Iraq’s progress and question whether it was worth all the sacrifice.

  • Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    (Reuters) - Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi. The man, 53, was being treated in hospital, said Mahmudur Rahman, of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, according to Reuters.

  • ISIS posts gruesome photos of apparent mass killing in Iraq - The Washington Post

    Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria (ISIS) on Sunday published a series of gruesome photos to one of the group’s Twitter accounts that purported to show the jihadists executing dozens of men in Iraq’s Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad, the Washington Post reports.

  • Iran will "consider" joint action with US in Iraq, Hassan Rouhani says - Telegraph

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    Iran will consider joining forces with the United States to combat Sunni militants in Iraq, Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, said on Saturday in the clearest sign yet that the Islamic Republic is ready to set aside its decades-old enmity with Washington, The Telegraph reports.

  • Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test

    Published: Sat, Jun 14, 2014

    (Reuters) - Millions of Afghans voted in a mostly peaceful run-off to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, a decisive test of the country's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history.

  • Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest building

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah -- a prospect looking more likely as work begins next week. Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services have recently announced testing materials to build the 3,280-feet (1 kilometer) skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, by comparison, stands at a meeker 2,716 feet, or 827 meters).