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Rockets Target Lifeline Airport in Eastern Libya

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Attackers fired rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport on Monday, its director said, targeting one of the oil producer's few functioning air hubs as violence between armed groups escalates. The airport east of the city of Benghazi has become a major gateway into Libya since Egypt and Tunisia canceled almost all flights to the capital Tripoli and the west of the country last week, citing secur

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UN Rights Chief Condemns 'Widespread' Islamic State Crimes in Iraq

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United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned “appalling, widespread” crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and “ethnic and religious cleansing”. The persecution of entire communities and systematic violations by the al-Qaida offshoot, documented by U.N. human rights investigators, would amount to crimes against humanit

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Macau Referendum Organizers Arrested

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Organizers of a referendum on Macau's electoral process were arrested over the weekend in a move some say shows China's nervousness over universal suffrage in the special administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong. The five arrested included the organizers of the referendum and representatives from local pro-democratic groups Macau Conscience, Macao Youth Dynamics and Open Macau Society. The

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Syria Urges International Help in Fighting Islamic State

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Following the fall of a major Syrian government air base to Islamic State militants Sunday, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem is urging the international community to cooperate with his government and demanding that neighboring states stop their alleged support for the jihadist group. The veteran Syrian foreign minister made his first major appearance since returning to work after a heart operat

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All Clear Issued in 'Active Shooter' Alert at US Army Base

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The all clear has been give at an army base in the southern U.S. state of Virginia after reports of an "active shooter." The Army says a female soldier inside a building on the Fort Lee Army base shot and wounded herself.   The base was put under lockdown for about an hour during the incident Monday. Earlier Monday, the Fort Lee Army base said in a Twitter post that the base had been put o

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Jewish Life In Argentina Reflected In Yiddish Tango

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Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that was eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports on how one band is bringing Yiddish tango to Los Angeles.

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South Sudan Ceasefire Monitor Dies

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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Monday that one of its ceasefire monitors has died in Bentiu after being detained by opposition forces. IGAD, which is leading peace talks for South Sudan, did not name the man but said he was part of a verification team that was in Unity state on Saturday on a routine inspection mission. Shortly after arriving in Bentiu, the monitors w

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NATO Plots Defense Against Russia

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The 28 NATO members are preparing for their summit meeting in Wales in early September. The main topic of discussion: the notion of collective defense in light of Russia’s recent actions against Ukraine. Simply put, NATO’s collective defense posture means that an attack on one of its 28 members is an attack on all of them.   In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, NATO Secretary General

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