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{FD} NBA star Kanter gets ‘three or four death threats every week’

He just opted in to his final year of a $18.6 million contract to stay with the New York Knicks for the 2018-19 season, lives the high-life as a NBA star – but life is far from plum for 26-year-old Enes Kanter who has been cauterized a “terrorist” in h… Continue reading

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{FD} Family of Kurdish female fighter seen *****, mutilated in graphic viral video speaks out

A fighter with the all-female Kurdish unit known as the YPJ lay dead and half-***** in the dirt, her body mutilated with deep cuts lacerating her exposed breasts. Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters in military fatigues can be seen swarming the corpse,… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s wrath forces Pakistan to double down on push to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries

President Trump’s tough stance against Pakistan, along with the sudden suspension of more than $1 billion in military aid earlier this year, has officials in the once closely allied country hastening to demonstrate that they have been annihilating terr… Continue reading

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{FD} New Sacha Baron Cohen series a Hollywood hit job on GOP, source says

A source familiar with the project – who saw some of the series in its early, rough-cut stage during a private screening at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on the 22nd of March – told Fox News that, at least then, it was nothing more than a Hollywood hit j… Continue reading

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{FD} New Sacha Baron Cohen series a ‘right-wing hit job,’ source says

A source familiar with the project – who saw some of the series in its early, rough-cut stage during a private screening at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on the 22nd of March – told Fox News that, at least then, it was nothing more than a Hollywood hit j… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel

Over the course of the seven-year plus Syrian Civil War, more than 500,000 have lost their lives, more than 12 million have been displaced from their homes and the number of those who have lost limbs is so high it has been lost in the fog of war. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S Embassy in Haiti warns Americans to ‘shelter in place’ as violent protests escalate

The U.S. embassy in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince told American citizens to remain inside until further notice Sunday as the city continues to be gripped by violent protests. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida homes destroyed in ‘controlled burn’

It was a planned “controlled burn” – a fire deliberately started as a means to manage forest growth and avert future wildfires – but it ended up burning down 36 homes across 800 in acres in Eastpoint, Fla., last month. Continue reading

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{FD} American hunter’s images of her black giraffe ‘trophy kill’ spark outrage

Photos of a female hunter from Kentucky proudly showing off the results of her “dream hunt” – a dead black giraffe in South Africa – have ignited a firestorm across social media after being picked up by a local media outlet. Continue reading

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{FD} Almost 16,000 US service members have died since 2006, mostly in the United States

Some 15,851 U.S. active-duty personnel and mobilized reservists have died while serving in America’s military since 2006 – but according to a new report, the biggest adversaries are not directly related to America’s involvement in global wars or deploy… Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon quietly bans Marines from using drones, citing cybersecurity concerns

In a policy memo issued quietly in late May, the Department of Defense prohibited the U.S Marine Corps from continuing to purchase and use commercial off-the-shelf drones, known at COTS, after cybersecurity vulnerabilities were exposed. Continue reading

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{FD} Gruesome rape, murder of Kashmir girl raises tensions

The recent gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir has cast an uneasy spotlight on the horrific and often underreported abuses taking place inside the long-running territorial battle between Hindu-dominant In… Continue reading

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{FD} Rescue groups go into overdrive in the days ahead of China’s Yulin dog meat festival

The ninth annual ten-day Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat festival in China’s Yulin, Guangxi, is slated to begin on June 21, sending animal rights advocates and rescue workers in both China and abroad into overdrive to save as many helpless canines as possibl… Continue reading

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{FD} Travel industry fights back following ‘explosion’ in fraudulent food poisoning insurance claims

The number of bogus food-poisoning and gastric illness claims filed by Britons traveling abroad is reported to have reached epidemic proportions in the UK in recent years – igniting a fierce fight back from the travel industry and the government. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman accused of spitting on Chicago police officer turns herself in

A 20-year-old woman accused of spitting on an off-duty police officer turned herself into Chicago Police Saturday, more than three weeks after an incident during a protest at City Hall. Continue reading

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{FD} Taliban prisoners exploit release loophole with fake medical claims

The Taliban in Afghanistan used to dig underground tunnels or stage suicide bombings to spring their imprisoned members from jail. But now they can just walk out the front door – with the help of a fake medical claim. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan works to clean up Karachi, once world’s ‘most dangerous city’

In the once terror-teeming city of Karachi on the coast of Pakistan’s Sindh province, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a name held in esteem. Continue reading

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{FD} Inside Raqqa: From ISIS ‘caliphate’ to crumpled city of landmines, and loss

More than seven months since ISIS operatives were defeated in their once “caliphate” capital of Raqqa, Syria and the city remains something of an apocalyptic wasteland, of which the ramifications of four years of ISIS occupation followed by four months… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian opposition, out of jail space, fears threat of released ISIS prisoners

ISIS may be on the verge of defeat in Syria, but locals in northern opposition-held areas fear a resurgence, claiming that they have received little in the way of necessary support to keep the terrorists behind bars. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon ordered by Senate to investigate child-on-child sexual abuse on US bases

U.S. senators have demanded an independent investigation into how the Defense Department deals with reports of sexual violence among children who live and attend school on U.S. military bases across the globe. Continue reading

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{FD} Sex cult members detail leader’s forced kisses, branding

In the lead-up to A&E’s premiere of its “Cults and Extreme Belief” series, exclusive clips released online feature former members of NXIVM details how she and others – including “Smallville” actress Allison Mack – into the sadistic sex cult by “charism… Continue reading

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{FD} Afghan Taliban claim to have captured another district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province

Locals have been warning for weeks that further pockets of Ghazni province were on the brink of falling to the Taliban, and alas, over the weekend the brutal insurgent group reportedly ascertained further control of the area around a hundred miles sout… Continue reading

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{FD} German cartoonist fired over Netanyahu caricature

A prominent German daily newspaper has severed ties with its longtime cartoonist following an uproar that his depiction of Benjamin Netanyahu used “anti-Semitic” clichés. Continue reading

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{FD} Iranian general’s visit draws protest in Baghdad

If last weekend’s federal elections demonstrated anything, it was that much of the Iraqi population is done with foreign intervention. Continue reading

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{FD} Under threat and homeless, displaced Iraqis return to the camps

Just when those displaced by the onslaught of ISIS in Iraq almost four years ago thought the worst was behind them, many are leaving camps – only to learn their homes have been flattened, there are scant resources to survive and little in the way of sa… Continue reading

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{FD} ‘I gave the US trucks and ammunition to Al Qaeda’: The chaotic US effort to arm Syrian rebels

Under the Obama administration, the U.S devised two programs to provide assistance to various Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition factions in Syria – both fraught with chaos and blunders — that ultimately put weapons in the hands of terrorists. Continue reading

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{FD} Exiled Afghan leader, and one-time U.S. ally, warns against “peace” with Taliban from position of weakness

General Abdul Rashid Dostum, 63, was a potent US ally in the early days of the Afghanistan War – as depicted in the recent Hollywood blockbuster “12 Strong.” Continue reading

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{FD} Sarah Sanders says whining kids best practice for dealing with CNN’s Jim Acosta

While White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cherishes her role as a mother to three children 6 years and under, she doesn’t shy away from the fact that there are difficult motherhood days – similar to dealing with CNN’s Jim Acosta. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran’s President Rouhani seeks to preserve nuclear agreement with Europe

While President Trump last week pulled the United States out of the Iran deal, the country’s embattled President Hassan Rouhani announced Sunday that Tehran may remain in the 2015 agreement providing European partners commit to protecting their financi… Continue reading

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{FD} Elusive ISIS leader al-Baghdadi believed hiding out in Syrian frontier

MOSUL, Iraq – He is the most wanted man in the world – with a $25 million bounty on his head – and while ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains at-large, intelligence assessments across the board are pegging him as very much alive. Continue reading

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{FD} From jail, remorseful ex-ISIS fighter warns: Group will retool and return

Belgium native Hamza Nmeie, 27, claims to be one of few foreign fighters to have seen the barbaric and bloody rise of ISIS in Syria, long before the group was known to the world. Continue reading

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{FD} Roman Empire Christian ruins discovered after ISIS pushed out of Syrian city

An ancient Christian site has been discovered in northern Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient Christian ruins discovered under former ISIS-held territory

For more than two years, ISIS forces who occupied this northern Syrian city paid little attention to the tip of an old gate on an empty mound of land where they dumped trash. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistani doctor jailed for helping find Bin Laden faces more trouble, moved to higher-security prison

The doctor who Americans regard as a hero for helping the U.S. find Osama Bin Laden may be transferred to a higher-security prison. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S. forces in Syria aim for low profile, and high-powered results

The quiet, low-profile U.S. military presence in Syria isn’t quite so low-profile up close. Continue reading

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{FD} The lives of ISIS wives held in Syria: infighting, jealousy – and regrets

One may assume they have a lot to “bond” over given their special status as foreign wives of ISIS fighters, but now many of these widowed women – dumped by their home countries – are left to lead a life confined to a displacement camp, marred by in-fig… Continue reading

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{FD} The life of ISIS wives held in Syria: infighting, jealousy – and regrets

One may assume they have a lot to “bond” over given their special status as foreign wives of ISIS fighters, but now many of these widowed women – dumped by their home countries – are left to lead a life confined to a displacement camp, marred by in-fig… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian Kurd renames son ‘Trump,’ plans ‘Nikki Haley’ for girl

Imitation may indeed be the highest form of flattery, but one Syrian-Kurdish father here has taken that concept to a whole new level. Continue reading

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{FD} US pastor in Turkey tops list of Americans jailed, sentenced on dubious charges

The trial of a North Carolina pastor on terrorism charges in Turkey this week is just one of several cases involving Americans being arrested or harassed in the once-close U.S. ally. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S. pastor in Turkey tops list of Americans jailed, sentenced on dubious charges

The trial of a North Carolina pastor on terrorism charges in Turkey this week is just one of several cases involving Americans being arrested or harassed in the once-close U.S. ally. Continue reading

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{FD} US, Syrian opposition force target remaining ISIS stronghold

The young soldiers of the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are scattered around the makeshift checkpoint, often sitting alone, veiled only by a ripped sheet. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S., Syrian opposition force target remaining ISIS stronghold

The young soldiers of the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are scattered around the makeshift checkpoint, often sitting alone, veiled only by a ripped sheet. Continue reading

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{FD} Deadly Syria attack shines spotlight on chemical weapons linked to Assad regime, ISIS-inspired terror groups

The Syrian government and its Iran and Russian backers continue to rebuff staunchly any responsibility for chemical attacks in the war-ravaged country — of which there allegedly have been more than 50 since the war began — including last weekend in the… Continue reading

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{FD} Strikes against Syrian regime bolster locals’ hopes that U.S. will stay for long haul

A convoy of tanks rolled down a rubbled road outside the northern Syrian city of Manjib Saturday afternoon, just hours after news that the U.S and allied forces had struck a number of Syrian regime facilities in and around the capital of Damascus. Continue reading

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{FD} Inside Syria, reactions to US strikes range from excitement to fear

Obada Alsatof, a 21-year-old opposition activist from the northern countryside of Homs, was woken up with a loud jolt and tremor in the early hours of Saturday morning. It came as a welcome surprise. Continue reading

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{FD} Jailed American pastor in Turkey finally getting his day in court

ANKARA, Turkey – A pastor from North Carolina imprisoned in Turkey on what many view as trumped-up terrorism charges finally gets his day in court on Monday, in the most high-profile of several cases involving American citizens swept up by Turkish poli… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrians circulate “we love you” Trump memes, hope for U.S. intervention

As President Donald Trump tweets his intentions to strike in Syria following Saturday’s suspected chemical weapons attacks, supporters of the Syrian opposition are waiting with baited breath, enthusiastically circulating pro-Trump memes in a bid to whi… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian chemical attacks spark horrific memories for Iraqi Kurds, gassed by Saddam

Images of tiny bodies foaming at the mouth and gasping for air following the suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria, has brought back haunting memories for many across the border in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian medical student recounts horror of treating chemical attack victims

Mohammed Samer last week was like any other third-year medical student at Aleppo University, struggling to complete his studies as his country was ripped apart by war. Continue reading

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{FD} Survivors of Syria chemical attack ‘forced to leave or die’

Those in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Douma say they immediately knew their region had again been assaulted by chemical weapons — and something stronger than just chlorine. Continue reading

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