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Isis Smuggling $50m of Oil Monthly to fund Medieval Caliphate in Iraq and Syria

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The Islamic State, which reportedly generates $50m (£25m) a month in oil operations in neighbouring Syria, has expanded its oil business in Iraq to fund its recently declared ‘caliphate.’ Having seized vast swathes of territory across Iraq, the jihadist group has begun selling crude oil and gasoline on black markets to fund its cross-border caliphate. Militants from the Islamic State ... Read More »

The Netherlands Says the Murder of Dutch Citizens on MH17 Was a War Crime

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The news: Dutch prosecutors are launching a new investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 — and are now calling the murder of all on board a war crime. The majority of the victims in the July 17 crash — 193 out of 298 total passengers — were Dutch citizens. To underline just how sobering that number is, Vox outlined that MH17 claimed a bigger share of the ... Read More »

Rouhani: More negotiations only solution for nuclear deal

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President’s remarks were his first on four-month extension until November of talks agreed last week after two sides said progress made so far was still short of a final breakthrough. TEHRAN – More negotiations are the only solution to Iran’s decade-long nuclear standoff with the West, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday. Rouhani’s remarks were his first on the four-month extension ... Read More »

US Secretary of State accidentally heard criticising Israel’s military action in Gaza

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(Hot mic moment at 11:07) The United States Secretary of State has been caught on a ‘hot mic’ apparently criticising Israel’s military action in Gaza. John Kerry was preparing for an interview when he was heard ‘sarcastically’ telling an aide Israel’s strikes had been ‘pinpoint’. ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,’ he ... Read More »

Official statement from Russian Defense Ministry in connection with Boeing 777 crash

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The Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation released the following statement in connection with the crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. “In view of the objective investigation of the air crash of the Boeing 777 that crashed on the territory of Ukraine, it is necessary to conduct thorough investigation with the involvement of representatives of all interested international organizations. According ... Read More »

Free Net: A right or a caprice?

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The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age is the title of the latest document drawn up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who denounces a “disturbing” lack of privacy in government surveillance of the Internet. To what extent is digital privacy a basic right, to what extent must this right be earned, or curtailed? ... Read More »

Mass surveillance ‘dangerous habit’, says UN rights body

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Too many governments are “rubber-stamping” mass surveillance programmes, the UN human rights watchdog warns. In a report, the UN body said more needed to be done to ensure that surveillance was balanced against its harm to personal privacy. It added that mass retention of data to aid surveillance was “neither necessary nor proportionate”. The report comes as the UK passes ... Read More »

Islamic State uses Turkish Consulate in Mosul as headquarters

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When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic leader of the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State (IS, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS), appeared on a video posted online in early July addressing a congregation of faithful at a mosque in Mosul, pundits oozed commentary about his words and his attire. Was the self-declared caliph’s watch a Rolex? If so, how did this ... Read More »

Israel, Hamas prepare for brief humanitarian ceasefire

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(Reuters) – Israel and Hamas said they would cease fighting for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations, though Israel remained poised to expand its offensive in the Gaza Strip if rocket fire persisted. Just a few hours before the temporary truce was due to take effect at 10 a.m. (0800 BST), Israel’s military ... Read More »