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  • ‘Relentless’ writer on bin Laden raid mistake, deadly ‘Xbox’ 2 Sep 2015 | 8:43 pm

    Members of the anti-terrorism squad are seen surrounding the compound where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in AbbottabadTo find out how the difference between a chain-link fence and a stone wall nearly spelled disaster for the Americans carrying out the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, pick up “Relentless: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command.”


  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT 2 Sep 2015 | 8:32 pm

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press. The issue of foreign jihadis operating so easily in Pakistan has regional and even global implications. The country has long been a destination for aspiring global jihadis to receive training, some of whom are sent back abroad to conduct attacks. Foreign governments, particularly neighboring Afghanistan, have frequently accused elements of the Pakistani government of sheltering Islamic militant groups that frequent the porous and lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border.

  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT 2 Sep 2015 | 8:32 pm

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan's top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press. The issue of foreign jihadis operating so easily in Pakistan has regional and even global implications. The country has long been a destination for aspiring global jihadis to receive training, some of whom are sent back abroad to conduct attacks. Foreign governments, particularly neighboring Afghanistan, have frequently accused elements of the Pakistani government of sheltering Islamic militant groups that frequent the porous and lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border.

  • Obama expected to press Saudi King on conflicts in Syria, Yemen 2 Sep 2015 | 8:12 pm

    US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on May 7, 2015US President Barack Obama will host Saudi Arabia's King Salman in their first and long-delayed White House summit Friday, with clashing views on Middle Eastern crises coming to the fore. Salman's inaugural visit as king -- originally scheduled for May and cancelled by Riyadh -- has been billed as a way of reinforcing US-Saudi relations. Saudi Arabia publicly voiced tepid support for the Iran deal, but privately expressed grave misgivings that the nuclear agreement may legitimize their arch-foe Iran.


  • 13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN 2 Sep 2015 | 8:05 pm

    A female fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks in front a school in the Syrian city of Hasakeh on August 2, 2015, a week after Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State group from HasakehMore than 13 million children are being denied education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they can't return to classrooms. In a report on the effect of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the region, the United Nation's children fund UNICEF said more than 8,500 schools could no longer be used due to violence. It detailed cases of students and teachers coming under direct fire, classrooms used as makeshift bomb shelters and children having to cross active front lines just to take their exams.


  • Could TripAdvisor-style ratings save migrant workers from slavery? 2 Sep 2015 | 8:04 pm

    By Alisa Tang BOGOR, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Mexican migrant paid a recruiter thousands of dollars for work in the United States, only to endure slavery, time in jail and finally deportation. To make sure others did not fall prey to the same man, the migrant wrote a review of the recruiter on Contratados.org, a site for migrants from Mexico working in the United States. The site, which means "hired" in Spanish, is described by the founding labor rights group as a Yelp or TripAdvisor for migrant workers, many of whom pay large fees to recruitment agencies but are then trapped in abusive employment - exploited, unpaid and in debt.

  • Obama to assure Saudi king of U.S. help to counter Iranian threat 2 Sep 2015 | 7:48 pm

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will assure Saudi King Salman of the U.S. commitment to help counter any Iranian security threat, White House officials said on Wednesday, despite concern among Gulf allies that a new nuclear deal could empower Tehran in the region. Obama, hosting Salman on Friday on the king's first U.S. visit since ascending to the throne in January, will seek to allay the fears of Washington’s most important Arab partner that the lifting of sanctions on Iran would allow it to act in destabilizing ways. The White House talks will come less than two weeks before a possible U.S. congressional vote on the nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran, Riyadh’s regional rival.

  • War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa: U.N. 2 Sep 2015 | 7:10 pm

    Girls walk near garbage on fire, piled up along a street in the Chiah area in Beirut, LebanonBy Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report issued on Thursday. The UNICEF report "Education Under Fire" looked at the impact of violence on schoolchildren in nine territories, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya where a generation is growing up outside of the education system. "It's no coincidence in that what we see in terms of our TV pictures, the tragic pictures of people crossing on boats to Greece and Italy, very much comes back to the Syrian conflict and (to) the Iraqi conflict to a lesser extent," UNICEF regional director Peter Salama said.


  • UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas 2 Sep 2015 | 7:10 pm

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region.

  • 28 die in bombing of Yemen Shiite mosque claimed by IS 2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm

    Yemenis transport a severely injured man on a gurney as he arrives at a hospital in Sanaa after being injured when two suicide bombers hit a Shiite mosque in quick succession, September 2, 2015A suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital Wednesday, killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group. The attack came hours after the Red Cross said a gunman killed two of its Yemeni employees in the war-torn country's rebel-held north in a "deliberate" attack. The Islamic State group said a man identified as Qusai al-Sanaani blew himself inside the mosque in the northern Jarraf district after sunset prayers.


  • White House clinches support for Iran nuclear deal 2 Sep 2015 | 6:10 pm

    US President Barack Obama waves as walks across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One on August 31, 2015, in Washington, DCUS President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the Iran nuclear deal does not get blocked, when a veteran Democrat became the crucial 34th senator to back the controversial accord. Most US lawmakers are opposed to the deal, which would ease punishing economic sanctions on Tehran while preventing it from advancing its nuclear program. Many Republicans warn that the Islamic republic will seek to cheat its way to an atomic bomb.


  • Russia delays new body to assign blame for Syrian attacks 2 Sep 2015 | 6:08 pm

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is holding up Security Council approval to establish a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time.

  • Merkel's conservatives want to limit incentives for refugees: paper 2 Sep 2015 | 6:02 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives want to limit the financial incentives for refugees coming to the country as their numbers soar, a paper showed on Wednesday, underlining the strain the crisis is putting on Europe's largest economy. With relatively liberal asylum laws and generous benefits, Germany is the EU's biggest recipient of people fleeing war in the Middle East and economic migrants from southeastern Europe. A record 104,460 asylum seekers entered the country in August, and it expects about 800,000 people to file for asylum this year - four times last year's level.

  • Factbox: Ways to help refugees and migrants in Europe and beyond 2 Sep 2015 | 5:56 pm

    Looking for ways to help the hundreds of the thousands of refugees and migrants en route to the European Union to flee wars and poverty? Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) Through mid-August, the international aid group says it has rescued 11,482 people at risk of drowning through its search and rescue operations on the Mediterranean Sea. USA for UNHCR (www.unrefugees.org): Some 2,500 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing this year, the UNHCR says.

  • Factbox: Ways to help refugees and migrants in Europe and beyond 2 Sep 2015 | 5:56 pm

    Looking for ways to help the hundreds of the thousands of refugees and migrants en route to the European Union to flee wars and poverty? Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) Through mid-August, the international aid group says it has rescued 11,482 people at risk of drowning through its search and rescue operations on the Mediterranean Sea. USA for UNHCR (www.unrefugees.org): Some 2,500 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing this year, the UNHCR says.

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