News: 13-Apr-15

  1. Pakistan minister hits out at UAE over Yemen criticism
    Islamabad on Sunday hit out at the United Arab Emirates for condemning a parliamentary vote by Pakistani lawmakers to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, in a rare display of discord between the two allies.
  2. Syria Kurds gain ground in IS bastion: monitor
    Beirut (AFP) – Kurdish militia made headway on Sunday into Syria’s northern Raqa province, where the extremist Islamic State group has set up its de facto capital, Kurdish officials and a monitor said.
  3. ISIS: Islamists Kidnap 120 Schoolchildren In Iraqi City Of Mosul
    Islamic State group militants have reportedly kidnapped 120 schoolchildren in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Iraqi forces, along with Kurdish fighters are engaged in a desperate battle against the Islamists.
  4. Obama, Abadi to map ‘long, long’ fight against Islamic State
    Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama will huddle with Iraq’s prime minister at the White House on Tuesday to plot crucial next steps in what US officials admit will be a long fight to defeat the Islamic State.
  5. Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes.
  6. UNICEF: One-Third of Fighters in Yemen Are Children
    Children make up a third of the combatants in Yemen’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, says a U.N. official.
  7. Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism
    Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan were from a mixed Chechen and Avar family. Dzhokhar was born in Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian republic that had been part of the Communist Soviet Union.
  8. Four Israeli Experts Discuss Bibi, Iran And The Nuclear Negotiations
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the international effort to reach an agreement with Iran over the country’s controversial nuclear program.
  9. How the FBI is whitewashing the Saudi connection to 9/11
    Just 15 days before the 9/11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family suddenly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind jewelry, clothes, opulent furniture, a driveway full of cars — including a brand new Chrysler PT Cruiser — and even a refrigerator full of food.
  10. U.S. Steps Up Bombing Raids in Anbar After Shiite Militias Withdraw
    BAGHDAD — Under pressure from American officials here, Iraq has withdrawn Shiite militiamen from the Ramadi area in Anbar Province, and the American-led coalition immediately responded by stepping up bombing raids to support Iraqi forces battling extremists of the Islamic State there, according to Iraqi officials involved in the decision.

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