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Obama chastises Sony for pulling film after cyberattack 
Washington Post - 11 Hours ago
By and Steven Mufson , President Obama on Friday chastised Sony Pictures for shelving a satirical movie following a North Korea cyberattack and vowed that the United States would take retaliatory
Obama chastises Sony, vows to retaliate against N. Korea Washington Post
Obama criticizes Sony’s decision to pull ‘The Interview’ Washington Post
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Kurds say they've retaken territory near Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq 
CNN - 13 Hours ago
(CNN) -- Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they've recaptured territory near Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq, where dramatic airdrops were made last summer to the Yazidis, one of Iraq's smallest minorities.
An Early Success for the Kurds in Sinjar New Yorker
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IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken: Iraqi Kurd official 
USA Today - 13 Hours ago
A broad peshmerga operation backed by US-led air strikes broke the Islamic State group's weeks-old siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar on Thursday, a top Iraqi Kurdistan security official said. Video provided
Iraqi Kurds Break IS Siege of Mount Sinjar: Reports GlobalSecurity.org
Iraqi Kurds break siege The Statesman
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Iraq Kurds press fightback as top rebel reported killed 
Arab News - 11 Hours ago
NAHYAT AL-AYADHIYA, Iraq: Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far on Friday, buoyed by US reports that IS supremo, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s top aide in Iraq
Iraqi Kurds press fightback The News International
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Clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis 
Houston Chronicle - 12 Hours ago
BAGHDAD - Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar,     Add Comment

Iraqi Kurds retake more ground from ISIL 
Al Jazeera - 13 Hours ago
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reported more gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a day after they broke a months-long siege around the Sinjar Mountains. On Friday, the
Iraqi Kurds retake more ground from ISIL - Middle East DailyMe.Com
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EU leader to visit Iraq next week 
Arab News - 13 Hours ago
BRUSSELS: EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini will visit Iraq next week for talks with government and Kurdish leaders as the country struggles to drive back Islamic State fighters. Mogherini “will     Add Comment

Killing top Islamic State leaders not enough to cripple group, say experts 
Japan Today - 13 Hours ago
The Pentagon has hailed the deaths of several top leaders of the Islamic State group, but experts say this is far from enough to cripple what has proven to be a resilient organization. US officials say     Add Comment
>>   Afghanistan
Pharmexcil urges Indian cos to invest in Afghanistan as country largely depends  
PharmaBiz - 11 Hours ago
After strong recommendation of Indian embassy to strengthen the export activities to Afghanistan, Pharmaceuticals Exports Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) is all set to launch some major initiatives     Add Comment

Un record pour les pertes civiles cette année en Afghanistan 
Africa News Wire - 11 Hours ago
KABOUL (Reuters) - Au moins 3.188 civils afghans ont été tués dans les violences en 2014 en Afghanistan, un record depuis l'intervention internationale contre les taliban fin 2001, ont annoncé vendredi     Add Comment

Pakistan takes on the Taliban as grief over school massacre gives way to rage 
New Zealand Herald - 13 Hours ago
The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back. In the tribal areas     Add Comment

Grief-stricken Pakistan takes on Taliban 
New Zealand Herald - 13 Hours ago
The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back. In the tribal areas     Add Comment

Pakistanis protest against attack on school by Taliban militants 
Xinhua News Agency - 13 Hours ago
Activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party gather in a protest rally in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Dec. 19, 2014, against an attack by Taliban militants on an army-run school in     Add Comment

Taliban video identifies Umar Mansoor as mastermind of Peshawar attack 
The Hindu - 13 Hours ago
Comment · print · T T T+· T- Reuters Students stage a sit-in in Karachi, condemning the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on Friday. A video posted by the Taliban showed
Umar Mansoor: the man behind massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Pakistan Irish Times
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Pro-Taleban leader flays launch of govt attack 
Arab News - 13 Hours ago
ISLAMABAD: The head of a hardline Islamabad mosque Friday called an army offensive against the Taleban “un-Islamic” and said the militants’ massacre of 133 children was in retaliation for air strikes     Add Comment

After the Peshawar carnage 
Arab News - 14 Hours ago
On Dec. 16, the Taleban attacked an army school in Peshawar and killed 132 children and nine adults. The assault on the school was the single deadliest attack in the Taleban’s history. The question now     Add Comment
>>   Iran
Maryland gains 3,800 jobs in November [The Baltimore Sun] 
BusinessWeek - 13 Hours ago
Dec. 20--The state's labor market brightened as the holidays began last month with the addition of 3,800 jobs, the strongest payroll growth in the state in months. The unemployment rate statewide fell     Add Comment

One Foot in Tehran, the other on 5th Street NW 
Washington Post - 13 Hours ago
By Amy Rogers Nazarov, I n 1986 , it was a five-hour drive between Tehran and Mahmudabad to the north, bu t R eza Akhavan ’s mother did not want him to miss his private English class. “Saddam     Add Comment

The Self-Published Stars of 2014 
PublishersWeekly.com - 10 Hours ago
Fiction 13:24: A Story of Faith and Obsession M. Dolon Hickmon. Rehoboam, $16.99 paper (376p) ISBN 978-0-9911066-0-8 Hickmon unleashes a shocking blitzkrieg of murder, conspiracy, and child abuse     Add Comment

Terror siege: Survivors speak 
New Zealand Herald - 10 Hours ago
It was 2am on Tuesday. They had been under his reign of terror for 16 hours and it was now, or never. The captor Haron Monis had told them he would kill them, "in the morning". They were not prepared     Add Comment

Analysis: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop 
Jerusalem Post - 10 Hours ago
AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest     Add Comment

Opinion: Tumbling Oil Prices and Assad’s Friends 
Asharq Al Awsat - 13 Hours ago
As oil prices continue to fall, it is evident that a state of paranoia has afflicted Iran and Russia—two allies of the government of Bashar Al-Assad. Tehran and Moscow have issued similar statements in     Add Comment

Maha race for IIM: Six cities turn on the charm 
Times of India - 13 Hours ago
Like lovelorn teenagers plucking rose petals nervously, at least three cities in Maharashtra are edgily awaiting the Centre's decision on the location of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) campus     Add Comment

Undercover statecraft at work 
Calcutta Telegraph - 14 Hours ago
A tourist takes pictures of an image of Che Guevara in Old Havana. (Reuters) Washington, Dec. 18: One aide slipped off a Hillary Rodham Clinton trip in Paris and flew to the Persian Gulf. Two others     Add Comment
>>   Pakistan
Pakistan executes 2 militants 
NHK - 11 Hours ago
Asia Dec. 20, 2014 - Updated 01:12 UTC The Pakistani government has executed 2 convicted extremists following the slaughter of students by an Islamist group at a school earlier this week. The     Add Comment

It's been a big news week 
CNN - 11 Hours ago
(CNN) -- There's always news. Some weeks, though, it seems like nothing big happens. Not this one. Not at all. Terrorists massacring schoolchildren. An international crisis over hacking -- and a Seth     Add Comment

The best way to honor slain school children 
CNN - 11 Hours ago
Editor's note: Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. A nationally syndicated columnist,
Opinion: Best way to honor slain school children CNN
Get off the sideline: The best way to honor slain schoolchildren 12 News Now
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IMF, ADB help lift Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves to $15 billion [Khaleej  
BusinessWeek - 12 Hours ago
Dec. 20--DUBAI -- As the Pakistani nation mourns the tragic Peshawar school incident, international donor agencies have come forward to provide financial cushion to its economy. The International Monetary     Add Comment

The best way to honor slain schoolchildren (Opinion) 
CNN - 12 Hours ago
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Isn't this usually a slow time for news? 
CNN - 12 Hours ago
(CNN) -- There's always news. Some weeks, though, it seems like nothing big happens. Not this one. Not at all. Terrorists massacring schoolchildren. An international crisis over hacking -- and a Seth     Add Comment

Kashmir: Widows of conflict 
BBC - 13 Hours ago
Thousands of people have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir since an armed rebellion against Indian rule erupted in 1989. Although the violence has declined overall since the early 2000s, the     Add Comment

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls: Jammu region begins voting in final phase 
The Hindu - 11 Hours ago
20 constituencies spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts of Jammu region are going to polls.    Add Comment

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