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UNESCO says IS museum attack "appalling" 
Reuters UK - 2/27/2015
With a sledgehammer ..... Islamic State smashes thousands of years of Iraqi history. Archeologists say these priceless antiquities appear to be from a museum in the northern city of Mosul,     Add Comment

Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty 
Los Angeles Times - 2/27/2015
The Islamic State's recent video showing its forces destroying what appear to be priceless antiquities in an Iraq museum has provoked harsh words from the head of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who condemned     Add Comment

UPDATE 8-Oil up sharply, posts first monthly gain since June 
CNBC - 2/27/2015
* Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $13 * Brent, US crude, ULSD, RBOB post first monthly gains since June * Baker Hughes data shows pace of rig count drop slows (Rewrites
Oil up sharply, posts first monthly gain since June Firstpost.com
UPDATE 9-Oil up sharply, posts first monthly gain since June Reuters UK
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Islamic State: Amid hostage crisis, Assyrians and Kurds join forces 
Christian Science Monitor - 2/27/2015
Activists decry Islamic State's eradication of thousands of years of Assyrian history even as Christian and Kurdish fighters seek to regain territory taken by the jihadists in Syria. Fighters of the Kurdish     Add Comment

Can Christianity survive in the Middle East? 
CNN - 2/27/2015
Story highlights Christianity has long roots in the Middle East, starting with the birth of Jesus Expert: Their numbers have fallen in recent decades and should continue to fall There are exceptions,     Add Comment

UN laments IS statue 'war crimes' 
BBC - 2/27/2015
The destruction of historic artefacts in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants is a war crime, the head of the UN agency for culture, Unesco, has said. Irina Bokova said she was appalled by an act of     Add Comment

More art treasures 'face destruction by ISIS' 
CNN - 2/27/2015
Story highlights Antiquities experts fear thousands more art treasures could be destroyed in Iraq and Syria after ISIS militants destroy artifacts Video shows men taking sledgehammers to statues, and     Add Comment

Monkey Cage: Redefining the Kurdish nation 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
By February 27 at 1:32 PM In early February, Kurdish lawmakers gathered in a special parliamentary session to put the final touches on plans to designate Halabja the fourth official province in the     Add Comment
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>>   Afghanistan
House Speaker John Boehner Invites Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Address Congress 
ABC News - 2/27/2015
House Speaker John Boehner invites Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to address Congress.    Add Comment

Afghan President Ghani to Speak to Joint Meeting of Congress 
ABC News - 2/27/2015
House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to address a joint meeting of Congress when he visits Washington next month. Boehner says the speech would give the newly elected     Add Comment

Bergen: Poverty not to blame 
CNN - 2/27/2015
Story highlights Peter Bergen: Jihadi John ID'd as Mohammed Emwazi, a well-born Londoner with college degree White House has said terrorism rooted in poverty; Bergen: Typically anti-west jihadists come     Add Comment

Obama to host Afghan President Ghani at White House in March 
Reuters UK - 2/27/2015
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah and other members of the Afghan government for meetings     Add Comment

Obama to Host New Afghan Leaders at White House on March 24 
ABC News - 2/27/2015
President Obama will host the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government for their first White House visit next month. The White House says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah     Add Comment

Afghan avalanche deaths exceed 150 
NHK - 2/26/2015
Asia Feb. 26, 2015 - Updated 20:42 UTC Local authorities in the Afghan province of Panjshir say the number of known deaths in massive avalanches on Wednesday is now more than 150. Avalanches     Add Comment

Pakistan tightens cell-phone control after Taliban massacre 
San Francisco Chronicle - 2/26/2015
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>>   Iran
On display at CPAC: How the presidential primary makes GOP candidates simple-minded 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
The Conservative Political Action Conference is always guaranteed to produce head-shaking moments, as one future presidential candidate after another tells the crowd of activists what they want to hear,     Add Comment

Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5 -EU 
Reuters UK - 2/27/2015
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear programme will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5, the European Union said on     Add Comment

China no longer US' 'greatest enemy': Gallup 
CHINAdaily USA - 2/27/2015
China is now seen as less of a threat to Americans, thanks to Russia's actions in Ukraine and terrorist group ISIS, according to polls done by Gallup in February. China, the world's most populous country     Add Comment

White House "hopeful" on coalition for Iran nuclear talks amid Netanyahu visit 
Reuters India - 2/27/2015
12:46am IST WASHINGTON Feb 27 (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday the United States is hopeful that it can hold together the coalition of countries working toward an agreement with Iran on
White House: Netanyahu speech in Congress won't adversely impact Iran nuclear talks Jerusalem Post
REUTERS - White House "hopeful" on coalition for Iran nuclear talks amid Netanyahu  Namibia Press Agency
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Israeli and Iranian musicians in harmony 
BBC - 2/27/2015
Mahan Esfahani and Avi Avital are an unusual musical partnership. Esfahani is Iranian and plays harpsichord, and Avita is a mandolin player from Israel. They started working together in August 2014.
VIDEO: Israeli and Iranian musicians in harmony BBC
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Obama's path to an Iranian bomb 
Chicago Tribune - 2/27/2015
A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the "right to enrich." It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could     Add Comment

Rubio blasts ISIS strategy he supports 
MSNBC - 2/27/2015
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is clearly aware of the fact that many of the Republican presidential candidates are current or former governors. But the Florida senator believes he would have an important     Add Comment

Guilty plea in fighter jet data smuggling case 
USA Today - 2/27/2015
WASHINGTON — A Connecticut-area man has on the engines for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 joint strike fighter with the intent to ship it to Iran, the FBI announced Thursday. Mozaffar Khazaee, 60, will be
Man pleads guilty in fighter jet data smuggling case USA Today
Guilty Plea in Iran, F-35 Data Smuggling Case DefenseNews.com
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>>   Pakistan
Pakistan tightens cell-phone control after Taliban massacre 
San Francisco Chronicle - 2/26/2015
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Angry scenes as Moin returns to Pakistan 
Reuters India - 2/26/2015
2:47am IST KARACHI, (Reuters) - Chief selector Moin Khan, recalled from the World Cup for visiting a casino, returned to Pakistan to a hostile reception as cricket fans staged angry demonstrations     Add Comment

'Afghan Girl' from famous 'NatGeo' cover resurfaces at center of Pakistan controversy 
Mashable - 2/26/2015
Image: Mashable composite Steve McCurry; Public domain By 2015-02-26 20:13:31 UTC Sharbat Gula, the subject of the iconic June 1985 National Geographic cover at age 12, has resurfaced after it was revealed     Add Comment

Pakistan selector Moin returns home to angry reception 
Reuters India - 2/26/2015
8:53pm IST KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan, ordered back home from the Cricket World Cup following a visit to a casino, avoided running into an angry group of youths after
Cricket-Pakistan selector Moin returns home to angry reception Reuters India
REUTERS - Cricket-Pakistan selector Moin returns home to angry reception Namibia Press Agency
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$15b worth of hydel power projects being developed [Khaleej Times, Dubai, United  
BusinessWeek - 2/26/2015
Feb. 26--DUBAI -- More than 40 hydel power projects worth $15 billion are under development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, or KP, and these projects offer 17 per cent guaranteed return on investment to investors,     Add Comment

Pakistan among best places for business [Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates] 
BusinessWeek - 2/26/2015
Feb. 26--DUBAI -- Pakistan is one of the best places to make money and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, or KP, is an ideal destination for investment in the country. This was stated by top government officials of     Add Comment

National Geographic's iconic green-eyed 'Afghan girl' may have been caught living  
Business Insider Australia - 2/26/2015
The subject of one of the most famous magazine covers of all-time, National Geographic’s “Afghan girl” , may have been caught living on fake identification papers in Pakistan. Sharbat Gula rose to     Add Comment
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