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Airline issues apology after mistreating vet, service dog 
USA Today - 12/24/2014
WILLIAMSTON, Mich. — US Airways for the way some of its flight attendants treated his service dog on a recent trip from Florida to Detroit. Eric Calley is a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq
Airline issues apology after mistreating vet, service dog 60 minutes ago Hometown Life
Airline issues apology after mistreating vet, service dog 50 minutes ago Hometown Life
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Sex slavery pushes IS victims to suicide 
Arab News - 12/24/2014
BAGHDAD: The Islamic State group has abducted women and children from Iraq’s Yazidi minority, distributed them as spoils of war and forced them into sexual slavery, driving some to suicide. The group
Sex slavery driving girls held by ISIS to suicide Times of India
Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide The Gulf Today
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US government announces possible USD3 billion Abrams and Humvee sale to Iraq 
Jane's - 12/24/2014
The Pentagon has announced a potential sale of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and M1151A1 Up-Armored Humvees to Iraq that would, if approved by the US Congress, be worth nearly USD3 billion. The Defense     Add Comment

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 35 people in Nigeria's Borno 
Jane's - 12/24/2014
Synomosia Pyrinon tis Fotias (SPF) Key Facts Name: Synomosia Pyrinon tis Fotias (SPF) or Fire Conspiracy Cells. Aliases: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire; CCF; Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei; Nuclei
Security forces foil would-be suicide attack in Iraq's Baghdad Jane's
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Islamic State’s Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq driven to suicide 
Japan Times - 12/24/2014
Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority have told rights activists they were beaten and forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group, driving some to suicide. Islamic State     Add Comment

National Guard project cannot easily be disavowed: Iraqi Deputy PM 
Asharq Al Awsat - 12/24/2014
Saleh Al-Mutlaq says international coalition not doing enough to fight ISIS Saleh Al-Mutlaq, an Iraqi Sunni lawmaker who was disqualified from running in March’s parliamentary elections by the Justice     Add Comment

Jordan keeping extremism at bay 
Arab News - 12/24/2014
Jordan has been successful, so far, in confronting the threat of militancy both domestically and along its wide borders with Iraq and Syria. This is partly due to its political stability and to the vigilance
The war against extremism Jordan Times
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Islamic State's Yazidi sex slaves in Iraq driven to suicide 
Japan Times - 12/24/2014
BAGHDAD – Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority have told rights activists they were beaten and forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group, driving some to suicide.
IS sex slavery sparks suicides Arab Times
IS sex slavery pushes Iraqi victims to suicide Jordan Times
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>>   Afghanistan
Western aid poorly spent in Afghanistan 
Reuters - 12/24/2014
(Reuters) - Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use. It has a turbine to fill electricity needs that remains in pieces. Sixteen transport planes given to the Air Force     Add Comment

Reuniting soldiers with their dogs 
CNN - 12/24/2014
(CNN) -- Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba served in Afghanistan for nearly three years. Like his fellow soldiers, he longed for a sense of normalcy during his tours. "We'd spend hours not sleeping, and rushing
He reunites soldiers, dogs left behind CNN
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China to continue supporting Afghanistan: ambassador 
CHINAdaily USA - 12/24/2014
KABUL - Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Deng Xijun said Tuesday China would continue to support the post- war country in every field. "We sincerely expect to join hand with Afghanistan to continuously     Add Comment

A decade of Western aid in Afghanistan - mission unsustainable? 
Reuters Canada - 12/24/2014
By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use. It has a turbine to fill electricity needs that remains in pieces. Sixteen transport     Add Comment

A decade of Western aid in Afghanistan - mission unsustainable? 
Reuters - 12/24/2014
(Reuters) - Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use. It has a turbine to fill electricity needs that remains in pieces. Sixteen transport planes given to the Air Force     Add Comment

Former Radio Preacher Now Leads Violent Pakistani Taliban 
Africa News Wire - 12/24/2014
Mining Industry News and Mining press releases from public and private companies. Mining Newswire accepts press releases and headline news. Unlimited Press Release Distribution Services Unlimited     Add Comment

Global Arms Trade Treaty Takes Effect 
Radio Free Europe - 12/24/2014
A landmark treaty regulating the global arms trade has come into force. The new Arms Trade Treaty is the first agreement to outline global guidelines for the sales of weapons, which is estimated to generate
Global Arms Trade Treaty Comes Into Force Radio Free Europe
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Malala Yousafzai: The Taliban 'Are Afraid of Women' 
AsiaSource - 12/24/2014
Yusra Sami Askari, in green, prepares Malala Yousafzai for an on-camera interview in Oslo. (Yusra Sami Askari) Yusra Sami Askari, an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader and Pakistan correspondent for     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
Maryland sees population growth, spurred by immigration [The Baltimore Sun] 
BusinessWeek - 12/24/2014
Dec. 24--Immigration helped swell Maryland's population by nearly 40,000 residents during the 12 months that ended June 30, offsetting a larger-than-normal loss in the state's domestic population and
Maryland sees population growth, spurred by immigration Howard County Times
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Iranian asylum seeker ends Wickham Point detention centre hunger strike 
Sydney Morning Herald - 12/24/2014
An Iranian asylum seeker in Darwin has ended his hunger strike after not eating for 53 days in protest against the Immigration Department trying to force him back to Tehran. Fairfax Media understands     Add Comment

Cuba and Iran 
Inter Press Service - 12/24/2014
by Since Obama’s announcement last week that he will normalize relations with Cuba, a number of commentators have analyzed what impact this might have on US-Iranian ties, particularly with respect to     Add Comment

Global economic developments make full reinstatement of sanctions against Iran problematic  
Jane's - 12/24/2014
EVENT Eurostat data showed that Iranian trade with the European Union had increased by 37% in October 2014 compared with the previous year. On 20 December, an Iranian official said that China had     Add Comment

JED BABBIN: How to respond to the Sony cyber attack 
Washington Times - 12/24/2014
Whatever happens to the movie “The Interview” – a Sony Pictures flick that parodies an assassination of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – is not quite as important as our nation’s response to the North Korean     Add Comment

CLIFFORD MAY: Korea cyberattack follows Islam wars on U.S. free speech rights 
Washington Times - 12/24/2014
Last Friday, in his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama scolded Sony Pictures. Canceling the theatrical release of “The Interview” following cyberattacks from North Korea, he said, was “a     Add Comment

Iran rules out friendship with Washington, nuclear deal or not 
Jerusalem Post - 12/24/2014
WASHINGTON – Congress will be so disappointed: A comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the West will not lead to a larger rapprochement between Tehran and Washington, a senior Iranian official     Add Comment

The fluctuating price of oil 
ABC Online - 12/24/2014
Image: New oil supplies are threatening OPEC's market share. (Roger Milley/) After four years of record highs, the price of oil has fallen by around 50 per cent since June. Although the reasons for     Add Comment
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>>   Pakistan
With moratorium lifted, Pakistan plans to execute 500 terrorism convicts 
Kicker Daily News - 12/24/2014
Like and/or Share This Article: [embedded content] ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The recent terrorism act that led to the death of 149 individuals, 133 of which are children, also known as the deadliest     Add Comment

The Problem With ‘Moderate Islam’ and Why We Need to Redefine Radical 
Time - 12/24/2014
Activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party shout anti-Taliban slogans in a protest rally in Karachi on December 19, 2014, against an attack by Taliban militants on an army-run school in Peshawar.     Add Comment

Can Kashmir move forward after pivotal elections nod to Hindus and Muslims? (+video) 
Christian Science Monitor - 12/24/2014
Part 1: Kashmir at a crossroads. Will the valley inch closer to India? Part 2: Kashmiris can't forget their freedom struggle with India, but want a better life. People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader
Can Kashmir move forward after pivotal elections nod to Hindus and Muslims? Yahoo! News
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Peshawar: So much blood, pain 
CNN - 12/24/2014
Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN) -- It was the computer classroom where I cracked. I'd managed to remain detached until then. I wanted to tell the story. Look, but don't internalize, was the mantra I was repeating     Add Comment

Pakistan Troops Violate Ceasefire at Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District 
NDTV - 12/24/2014
Jammu :  Pakistani Rangers today indulged in mortar shelling along the border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from the Border Security Force (BSF). Pakistani Rangers violated
Pak troops violate ceasefire in Kathua district Economic Times
Pakistan Troops Violate Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District NDTV
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Former Radio Preacher Now Leads Violent Pakistani Taliban 
Africa News Wire - 12/24/2014
Mining Industry News and Mining press releases from public and private companies. Mining Newswire accepts press releases and headline news. Unlimited Press Release Distribution Services Unlimited     Add Comment

PDP or National Conference? After Hung Verdict in J&K, BJP Does the Math 
NDTV - 12/24/2014
New Delhi :  After a nail-biting results day that threw up a hung house, the process of government formation begins in Jammu and Kashmir today. The BJP, which posted its most impressive performance yet     Add Comment

Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez to visit Chennai for informal tests 
Economic Times - 12/24/2014
KARACHI: Pakistan's suspended off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez have decided to go for informal tests to the ICC accredited bowling centre in Chennai. According to a senior official of the
Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez to visit Chennai for informal tests India TV
Ajmal, Hafeez to visit Chennai for informal tests Press Trust of India
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