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Iraqi Kurds, battling Islamist threat, press Washington for arms 
Reuters UK - 87 Minutes ago
11:01pm BST By WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist     Add Comment

LyondellBasell emerges as mystery U.S. buyer of Kurdish oil; says no more 
Reuters - 6 Hours ago
Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, owned by Ukraine-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, has emerged as the mystery American buyer of Kurdish crude oil this year, but said on Thursday it will not be buying
LyondellBasell emerges as mystery US buyer of Kurdish oil; says no ... Reuters
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These Reprots Signal The Beginning Of The End For ISIS In Iraq 
Business Insider Australia - 4 Hours ago
Residents of Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been under the control of ISIS since early June, have reportedly started clashing with militants, Tim Arango reports for The New York Times. They’re
These Reports Signal The Beginning Of The End For ISIS In Iraq Business Insider
This Signals The Beginning Of The End For ISIS In Iraq Business Insider Australia
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UPDATE 1-LyondellBasell stops buying Kurdish crude amid dispute 
Reuters - 4 Hours ago
Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, part of Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik's business empire, said it will quit buying "disputed" oil from Iraq - one day after Reuters identified it as the mystery
LyondellBasell stops buying Kurdish crude amid dispute Yahoo! Maktoob News
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‘Woman in black,’ who appealed to US fascination with wanderers, reaches home 
Christian Science Monitor - 5 Hours ago
While some Americans said a nosy culture should just leave her alone, many others have had another reaction more commonly afforded those on a spiritual or mystical quest: reverence and respect. A 50-something     Add Comment

Kurdistan says crude cargo near Texas legally sold 
Reuters UK - 7 Hours ago
5:34pm BST HOUSTON, July 31 (Reuters) - A $100 million cargo of crude oil in a tanker near Texas was legally shipped and sold by Kurdistan, lawyers for the autonomous region in Iraq told a U.S. court     Add Comment

At least 24 dead in attacks across Iraq 
Fox News Latino - 5 Hours ago
At least 24 people died Thursday and 15 were wounded in attacks carried out at various locations in Iraq, a source with the security services told Efe. A police officer and 10 armed men were killed     Add Comment

Ex-Blackwater guard says didn't feel threatened 
Vida en el Valle - 4 Hours ago
WASHINGTON A former Blackwater security guard testified Thursday he didn't feel that he and his colleagues were being threatened when they opened fire in downtown Baghdad, resulting in the shootings of
Ex-Blackwater guard says he didn't feel threatened 13 WLOS
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>>   Afghanistan
Dutch Retrieve DNA of Some Ukraine Crash Victims 
ABC News - 4 Hours ago
The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern     Add Comment

French Forces Arrest Mali Jihadist Ex-Leader 
ABC News - 5 Hours ago
Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces. Malian military spokesman Modibo Traore says Yoro Ould Daha, who was with the     Add Comment

Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets green light, but troubles remain 
Reuters - 11 Hours ago
The mammoth task of auditing eight million votes cast in the second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will restart on Saturday, the electoral commission said on Thursday, but disputes still
Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets green light, but troubles … Yahoo! India
14:00 Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets green light, but troubles remain NewsRT.co.uk
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Film investigates Afghanistan civilian deaths 
MSNBC - 5 Hours ago
07/31/2014 Documentary film investigates Afghanistan civilian deaths A recent film entitled "The Kill Team," which recounts the killing of 3 Afghanistan men by U.S. Army members in 2010, has been     Add Comment

Afghanistan Has Cost the U.S. More Than the Marshall Plan 
BusinessWeek - 7 Hours ago
The U.S. has now spent more on the reconstruction of Afghanistan than it spent on the Marshall Plan, which resuscitated Europe after World War II, according to a special inspector general. The Marshall     Add Comment

Marine from Camp Pendleton posthumously awarded Silver Star 
Los Angeles Times - 12 Hours ago
A Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in Afghanistan has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery. The award was bestowed on the family of Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price during a ceremony
Marine from Michigan Posthumously Awarded Silver Star WILX
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Cashless: Can Afghans Afford to Fight Taliban After U.S. Leaves? 
NBCNews.com - 23 Hours ago
The Afghan government would need all of its current domestic revenue to pay for an army capable of fending off the Taliban once the U.S. completes its military withdrawal at the end of 2016, a government
Can Afghans Afford to Fight Taliban After U.S. Leaves? NBCNews.com
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Four Women’s Stories at a Time of Turmoil 
Asharq Al Awsat - 23 Hours ago
Over the past four decades, many Muslim-majority countries have suffered from conflict, revolution, war and terror while trying to face the challenge of finding their proper place in a modern world they     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Lands Prime Awards Season Release Date 
MSN Entertainment - 5 Hours ago
July 31, 2014, 2:27 PM EST By Jeff Sneider TheWrap Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater" in select theaters on Nov. 7. The film is based on the New York Times bestselling memoir "Then They
Jon Stewart's ‘Rosewater’ Lands Prime Awards Season Release Date Yahoo! Maktoob
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Kenya charges 9 foreigners over 377-kg heroin haul 
Reuters Africa - 6 Hours ago
MOMBASA Kenya (Reuters) - Nine foreign nationals were charged in a Kenyan court on Thursday with trafficking the biggest ever single seizure of drugs at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. There has     Add Comment

Religious freedom report condemns Iran, Russia 
MSNBC - 4 Hours ago
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Is the Wiretappers’ Ball hosting guests from repressive regimes? 
Washington Post - 5 Hours ago
(source: Privacy International) An independent researcher has raised questions about whether a U.S.-based organization that sponsors training conferences in surveillance technology allowed the attendance     Add Comment

Kenya charges 9 foreigners including two Indians over 377-kg heroin haul 
Reuters India - 7 Hours ago
MOMBASA Kenya (Reuters) - Nine foreign nationals were charged in a Kenyan court on Thursday with trafficking the biggest ever single seizure of drugs at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. There has been     Add Comment

Israel targeted and then saved Hamas leader 
CNN - 7 Hours ago
(CNN) -- They call themselves "the resistance." Israel and the United States call them terrorists. What's unclear is who's calling the shots within the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The political     Add Comment

Obama and the road not taken 
Chicago Tribune - 12 Hours ago
_ The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference     Add Comment

Why Obama's Hands Are Tied Over Gaza 
Kerrang! 105.2 - 86 Minutes ago
On the same day as the White House said the Israeli military should do more to protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza, the US confirmed it had agreed to supply the same military with more ammunition.     Add Comment
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>>   Pakistan
Social Entreprenuers: Startups set to change the world 
Taft Midway Driller - 5 Hours ago
The next big thing in world development may not come from government or NGOs – entrepreneurs with big ideas aim to revolutionize social good. Ambitious Harvard students are known for creating startups,     Add Comment

Study Traces Dinosaur Evolution Into Early Birds 
ABC News - 5 Hours ago
Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features,
Honey, who shrunk the dinosaurs? Study traces how nature evolved the ancient beasts  Seymour Tribune
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UAE remittances jump during Ramadan [Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  
BusinessWeek - 23 Hours ago
July 31--Exchange houses recorded a significant increase in remittances from the UAE during Ramadan as expatriates sent additional money to their home countries for Eid spending. Xpress Money reported     Add Comment

Four Women’s Stories at a Time of Turmoil 
Asharq Al Awsat - 23 Hours ago
Over the past four decades, many Muslim-majority countries have suffered from conflict, revolution, war and terror while trying to face the challenge of finding their proper place in a modern world they     Add Comment

Pakistan's complicated media freedom threats 
Ifex - 82 Minutes ago
By Milana Knezevic In March 2014, Pakistani columnist Raza Rumi was injured in a gun attack that killed his driver. Weeks later, Hamid Mir, star journalist of Geo TV, Pakistan's biggest TV station,     Add Comment

Commonwealth Games 2014: Wrestler Pawan Kumar Beats Pakistan's Muhammad Inam to  
NDTV - 4 Hours ago
Pawan Kumar (R) in action during his bout. © AP Glasgow: Indian wrestler Pawan Kumar pulled off a stunning come from behind win against Pakistan's Muhammad Inam to clinch the bronze medal in the     Add Comment

21 bathers drown off Karachi beach 
Qatar Peninsula - 4 Hours ago
People gather as a Pakistan Navy diver attached to a sling rope from a helicopter, holds the body of a man after recovering it during a search and rescue operation along the Clifton beach yesterday.     Add Comment

Afghan poll resolution inches forward with audit agreement 
Qatar Peninsula - 4 Hours ago
The Head of Independent Election Commission, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, addressing the press conference, in the presence of other officials in Kabul yesterday. KABUL: Afghanistan’s floundering attempts     Add Comment
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