Loss of empire halts Turkish marking of WWI: Historian

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The collapse of the Ottoman Empire might have ushered in the birth of the republic, but the disappearance of the former is nothing to be commemorated, according to historian Orhan Koroğlu. We need to accept that the Ottoman Empire had come to an end but there is nothing to be proud of in it, historian says. Countries around the world ... Read More »

Ukraine crisis: Kiev moves on last rebel stronghold

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The war has left cities in the east without electricity or water for weeks while under heavy bombardment Ukrainian forces have advanced into one of the last remaining separatist strongholds in a significant breakthrough in the civil war. At the same time, they lost yet another warplane to a missile strike and a rebel commander declared that reinforcements of 1,200 ... Read More »

Russian banks to switch to Russian software

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The Central Bank of Russia strongly recommends all Russian banks to use Russian software to themselves against the loss of rights and licenses for the use of bank programs. This was stated by Chairwoman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation  Elvira Nabiullina. Russian credit organizations are to ensure such protection already from September 1, 2014. Previously, experts expressed concerns that ... Read More »

While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

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Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place — war-torn Syria. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Thursday that at least 15,000 Yazidi refugees are sheltering in Syria’s Kurdish north, after fleeing from Iraq in early August when the Islamic State captured Yazidi towns. Wounded, weak ... Read More »

Occupation hypocrisy: Gaza vs. Cyprus

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus | Cyprus is a beautiful island, but it has never recovered from the Turkish invasion of 1974. Turkish troops still control nearly 40 percent of the island — the most fertile and formerly the richest portion. Some 200,000 Greek refugees never returned home after being expelled from their homes and farms in Northern Cyprus. The capital of Nicosia remains divided. A 112-mile demilitarized ... Read More »

The Spread of the Caliphate: The Islamic State (Part 1)

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Published on 7 Aug 2014 Subscribe to VICE News here: The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced their intention to reestablish the caliphate and declared their leader, the shadowy ... Read More »

IS emerges from radical Islamic jurisprudence

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The Islamic State (IS) did not originate from barbaric communities or prehistoric peoples. In fact, instead it is a fundamentalist Islamic group stemming from the core of radical Islamic jurisprudence. The organization adheres literally to the fatwas and dogma of radical Islamist scholars, mainly Sheikh Taqi ibn Taymiyyah (1263-1328). ””” Summary The Islamic State and other radical groups found their religious underpinnings in the ... Read More »

Amnesty International: Pentagon Intentionally Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan

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The human-rights group reports the U.S. military systematically ignored evidence of torture and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year. he U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International published today in Kabul. ... Read More »

25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China

Chinese authorities in July distributed wanted posters for men accused of terror attacks in Xinjiang, China. A court this week sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals.” Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

BEIJING — A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals,” according to a report on Tuesday by People’s Court Daily, an official publication. The names of the 25 people sentenced indicated that they were all from the Uighur ethnic minority. The largely Muslim group populates several ... Read More »