Middle East

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 »

40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

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This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one. Indeed, when this tree is in full bloom (as shown in the picture), you can find about 40 different types of fruit on its branches, from peaches to plumbs, ... 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 »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »

Palestinian boy clings to paramedic – story behind the viral photo

The Palestinian boy, who was caught in artillery fire from Israel, screams at the paramedic: “I want my father, bring me my father!”

<a href=’http:&#47;&#47;images.theage.com.au&#47;file&#47;2014&#47;07&#47;18&#47;5606521&#47;Israel-Palestine_deaths_WEB&#47;’><img alt=’Dashboard 1 ‘ src=’http:&#47;&#47;public.tableausoftware.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;BG&#47;BGYNS2H5M&#47;1_rss.png’ style=’border: none’ /></a> A boy with cuts all over his body is using every ounce of his strength to cling on to a rubber-gloved medic trying to lay him on a hospital bed. What the haunting photograph does not capture are the Palestinian boy’s screams at the paramedic: “I want my father, bring me ... 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 »

Albanian expert: Turkey waypoint for Balkan jihadists

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Ilir Kulla, an Albanian expert on international security, said there are hundreds of people from Kosovo, Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina who have joined the civil war in Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), adding that Turkey is their main transit route.“Turkey is the main waypoint, but not the only road for the Balkan jihadists,” ... Read More »

London protests call for end to Israeli military action in Gaza

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Protests come as David Cameron and Barack Obama reiterate support for Israel’s right to take action to defend itself Thousands of protesters gathered in London on Saturday to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and “justice and freedom” for Palestine. Up to 15,000 people are expected to take part in the march, following a route from Downing Street to the ... Read More »