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Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege to rebel-held border city

a shared story    9 hours 46 minutes ago
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and Lebanese group Hezbollah said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday and were closing in on the insurgents holed up inside. The army, with its...(more) 



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Defense minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul

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By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's parliament rejected a second nominee for defense minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul. As the Afghan...(more) 



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Syrian troops and Hezbollah attack border mountain resort

a shared story    10 hours 46 minutes ago
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops backed by members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group began a major offensive Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes to retake a rebel-held mountain resort while opposition fighters retaliated by shelling the capital Damascus. 



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Radical parties seize Greek vote to push eurosceptic agenda

a shared story    10 hours 46 minutes ago
The hard-left government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on Greeks to vote 'No,' rejecting the bailout terms of more austerity from Greece's creditors. Some leftist anti-austerity politicians around Europe have spoken up to support Tsipras and several plan to travel to Athens for Sunday's...(more) 



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Dukes of Hazzard car to lose flag

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US golfer Bubba Watson is to paint over the Confederate flag on the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, the latest backlash against the symbol. 



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Washington's wildfire season gets off to an early, unprecedented start

a shared story    10 hours 46 minutes ago
The Sleepy Hollow fire raced down the crisp Sage Hills, straight toward the Broadview neighborhood in the apple capital of the world. Flames shot high into the night, torching 29 homes and causing hundreds of people to flee. Then the fire did something no one here...(more) 



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UN nuke chief says Iran probe could be done by year's end

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VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. atomic agency chief says he can wrap up his probe of allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms by the end of the year but needs Tehran's cooperation to do so. 



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Finance minister Varoufakis says action toward Greece is 'terrorism'

a shared story    11 hours 46 minutes ago
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said European action toward the country was "terrorism" in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo and said a trillion euros would be lost if Greece was allowed to crash. "What they're doing with Greece has a name: terrorism," Varoufakis said...(more) 



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Greek minister: Europe can't afford to let Athens go under

a shared story    11 hours 46 minutes ago
Europe will lose a trillion euros if it allows Greece to go under, the country's finance minister said on Saturday, accusing creditors of 'terrorizing' Greeks into accepting austerity in a referendum on bailout terms. After a week in which Greece defaulted, closed its banks and began...(more) 



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Syrian army tightens siege of rebels in border city of Zabadani: state tv

a shared story    11 hours 46 minutes ago
The Syrian army closed in on Sunni Muslim jihadist rebels inside Zabadani in a major military offensive launched on Saturday to recapture the city near the border with Lebanon, state television said. A Syrian army source was quoted as saying its forces were "making headway on...(more) 



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Report on past Iran nuclear work could be ready by year end: IAEA

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The U.N. nuclear watchdog can likely issue a report on its investigation into past Iranian research suspected of being linked to nuclear weapons development by the end of the year if Tehran cooperates, the agency's chief said on Saturday. "With cooperation from Iran, I think we...(more) 



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Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks

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Egypt's president made an unannounced visit to the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday to rally troops following a wave of deadly jihadist attacks on security forces, his office said. "President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is inspecting troops and police in the North Sinai," his office said without specifying...(more) 



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