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Globecomm Completes Deployment of 158 Mb VSAT Network Supporting Iraqi Oil Exploration  
CNBC - 4 Hours ago
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Globecomm announced today the successful completion of a 158 Mb VSAT network, in partnership with one of the country’s leading telecommunications suppliers, for a European-based
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Mark Arabo: Iraqi Christian Priest Being Forced to Return to Iraq 
Reuters - 4 Hours ago
PR Newswire SAN DIEGO, Oct. 22, 2014 SAN DIEGO , Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --   Mark Arabo  is available for interviews with Father Noel of St. Peters Church. Father Noel has been threatened with     Add Comment

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town 
Reuters UK - 5 Hours ago
ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants,     Add Comment

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings 
Reuters - 4 Hours ago
(Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of     Add Comment

Four guilty of Blackwater killings 
BBC - 4 Hours ago
A US federal jury has found four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007. One former guard was found guilty of murder with three others guilty of voluntary     Add Comment

Amid regional turmoil, Israel looks to Jordan 
Reuters UK - 5 Hours ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - If there were a heat map showing instability in the Middle East, the area around most of Israel's borders would have turned a steadily deeper shade of red over the past few years.     Add Comment

Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to heal her homeland 
Reuters - 5 Hours ago
(Reuters) - Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of     Add Comment

UPDATE 1-Strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town, Iraqi dam -U.S. 
Reuters - 3 Hours ago
(Adds background, details on strikes) Oct 22 (Reuters) - The United States conducted further air strikes against Islamic State forces on Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting the militant group near Iraq's     Add Comment
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>>   Afghanistan
US spent $7.6B against Afghan poppy...to no avail 
CNBC - 4 Hours ago
"I strongly suggest that your departments consider the trends in opium cultivation and the effectiveness of past counternarcotics efforts when planning future initiatives," Sopko wrote in a letter to     Add Comment

Afghan poppy production at all time high 
CNBC - 4 Hours ago
"I strongly suggest that your departments consider the trends in opium cultivation and the effectiveness of past counternarcotics efforts when planning future initiatives," Sopko wrote in a letter to     Add Comment

Afghan president's first trip abroad to China 
Reuters India - 10 Hours ago
5:27pm IST BEIJING (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since
Afghan president's first trip abroad … Yahoo! India
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It’s official: the U.S. drug war in Afghanistan is a $7.6 billion failure 
Washington Post - 4 Hours ago
An Afghan security force member destroys an illegal poppy crop in the Noor Gal district of eastern Kunar province on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion     Add Comment

BRIEF: Iran to commission railway to Afghanistan in six months [Trend News Agency,  
BusinessWeek - 4 Hours ago
Oct. 23--Iran plans to commission the Khaf (Iran) -- Herat (Afghanistan) railway in six months, Iran's Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister, Iranian Railways CEO Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaie told Trend     Add Comment

Afghanistan's new president to visit China next week: Chinese FM 
People.com.cn - 9 Hours ago
BEIJING, Oct. 22 -- Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, will pay a state visit to China from next Tuesday to Friday, his first foreign visit since taking office last month, the Chinese     Add Comment

Report: Opium Trade Booming in Afghanistan 
NewsMax.com - 19 Hours ago
A new report claims Afghanistan's opium trade is booming despite more than $7 billion in American efforts to slow down the practice. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR),     Add Comment

Report: Afghan drug war 'failing' 
CNN - 19 Hours ago
(CNN) -- America's drug war in Afghanistan is failing badly, a U.S. government watchdog says in a new report. Afghan farmers are growing bumper crops of opium poppies -- an unprecedented 209,000 hectares     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
Tehran to End Initial $7 Billion Metro Expansion by March 
Bloomberg - 10 Hours ago
Tehran will complete the first phase of a $7 billion expansion of its metro system by March 2015 as it aims to lift daily passenger capacity to as much as 8 million from 3 million, an Iranian official     Add Comment

Nuclear Secrecy Feeds Concerns of Rogues Getting Weapons 
Bloomberg - 21 Hours ago
As the world’s nuclear monitor tries to prevent weapons-grade material getting into the wrong hands, its determination to keep its methods secret is raising concerns among analysts that it may be risking     Add Comment

Boeing books first sales to Iran since 1979 
CNBC - 3 Hours ago
SEATTLE, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between U.S. aerospace companies and Iran     Add Comment

Iranians protest acid attacks on women 
New Zealand Herald - 4 Hours ago
Iranian women, hiding their faces not to be identified, shout slogans during a protest in front of the judiciary building in Isfahan. Photo / AFP Iranians rallied on in the central city of Isfahan and     Add Comment

Iran plans to construct new line as part of circular railway around Caspian Sea  
BusinessWeek - 4 Hours ago
Oct. 23--Currently, Iran is reviewing the issue of construction of a new rail line in order to lock up the railway ring around the Caspian Sea, Iran's Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development and     Add Comment

Azerbaijan to finance construction of railway bridge on border with Iran [Trend  
BusinessWeek - 4 Hours ago
Oct. 23--Heads of the railway administrations of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia met to discuss the acceleration of construction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway, which is a part     Add Comment

BRIEF: Iran to commission railway to Afghanistan in six months [Trend News Agency,  
BusinessWeek - 4 Hours ago
Oct. 23--Iran plans to commission the Khaf (Iran) -- Herat (Afghanistan) railway in six months, Iran's Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister, Iranian Railways CEO Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaie told Trend     Add Comment

Extension of Iran's nuclear talks likely but war risks increase if agreement is  
Jane's - 5 Hours ago
Type 79/85 7.62 mm self-loading sniper rifles Development The Type 79 self-loading sniper rifle is a direct copy of the Russian SVD Dragunov. A later variant, the Type 85 appears indistinguishable     Add Comment
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>>   Pakistan
World's 10 Worst Airports: NYC's LaGuardia Only One in US 
NewsMax.com - 9 Hours ago
The world's 10 worst airports were revealed last week, and, not surprisingly, New York's very own LaGuardia International Airport had the dishonor of being the only American airport to make the cut.     Add Comment

Pakistan’s Khan Digs In as Cleric Ends Rally in Capital 
BusinessWeek - 10 Hours ago
Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan vowed to continue his two-month campaign to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif even as ally and cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri told supporters to end their protests     Add Comment

India, Pakistan border guards trade fire on Kashmir border 
People.com.cn - 10 Hours ago
SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 22 -- The border guards of India and Pakistan Wednesday fired on each other' s posts along international border (IB) in Kashmir, officials said. The exchange     Add Comment

UPDATE 1-Cricket-Azhar, Younus launch Pakistan fightback 
Reuters India - 10 Hours ago
4:33pm IST * Azhar falls for 53 after 108-run stand * Pakistan won toss and opted to bat (Updates at tea) DUBAI Oct 22 (Reuters) - Azhar Ali and Younus Khan both scored half-centuries to
Azhar, Younus launch Pakistan fightback (Reuters) Yahoo!Xtra
Cricket-Azhar, Younus launch Pakistan fightback Yahoo! Malaysia
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Pakistan win toss, opt to bat against Australia 
Reuters UK - 16 Hours ago
DUBAI (Reuters) - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat in the opening match of a two-test series against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. The hosts, without banned off-spinner     Add Comment

News of the day from across the globe, Oct. 22 
San Francisco Chronicle - 22 Hours ago
1 Car attack: A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport,     Add Comment

PTI should follow suit, pack up like PAT: Pervaiz 
Associated Press of Pakistan - 3 Hours ago
ROTTERDAM (The Netherlands), Oct 22 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday said that the decision of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri to end the sit-in     Add Comment

Ton-up Younis defies Australia in first Test 
Arab News - 4 Hours ago
DUBAI: Younis Khan hit a record-equaling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his     Add Comment
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