Erdogan Rejects ‘Moderate Islam’ as a Western Tool to Weaken Muslims

The idea of ‘moderate Islam’ was invented by the West and is being used to weaken the ancient religion, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has said in reference to Saudi Arabia’s reforms, while also lashing out at the EU’s “discrimination” of Muslims. Last month, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, vowed to restore …

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A US military convoy drives on a highway from Kobane to Ain Issa on September 29, 2017. © Bulent Kilic / AFP

‘Faced with Russians & Iranians 24/7’: Israel Calls for US to be More Active in Syria

The Israeli defense minister has urged Washington to engage more in Syria, where President Bashar Assad "is winning." The official has asked for increased US involvement, saying Israel is struggling to deal with the "Russians, Iranians, and also the Turks and Hezbollah." "We hope that the United States will be more active in the Syrian …

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Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump Touts ‘Delusional Gold Rush’ in ‘Graveyard of Empires’

The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it is always going to be the elite in that country and the foreign corporations, said journalist and foreign policy strategist Michael Hughes. President Trump met with Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in New York on Thursday to discuss joint efforts …

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Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices in Yuan for First Time

In a move that is largely seen as Maduro giving Washington the middle finger, Venezuela has made good on its promise to layoff the U.S. dollar, publishing its oil prices in yuan on Friday. Last Friday, Maduro had announced the forthcoming change, but that threat came after 14 years of similar threats, made by former …

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News of Saudi Crown Prince’s “Secret” Visit to Israel Brings Embassy Scramble

Clearly the war in Syria and the international push for regime change against Assad has created strange alliances in the Middle East over the past few years. Among the strangest bedfellows are the Israelis and Saudis. It's no secret that common cause in Syria of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic …

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‘Illegal, Meaningless Clownery’: Russia Condemns US Searches of Diplomatic Property

The FBI has conducted searches at Russian diplomatic compounds in the US, which the Russian Foreign Ministry calls “meaningless clownery.” Russian diplomats have posted photo and video evidence of what they call a “travesty of justice.” https://cdn.rt.com/files/2017.09/59ab5c99dda4c8546a8b4567.mp4 “I am watching the footage of the FBI searches of Russian foreign missions and I think that this …

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China Says It Will Never Allow War or Chaos on Its Doorstep as Tensions Escalate on Korean Peninsula

Beijing has said it will not allow war or chaos on the Korean Peninsula, as two US B-1B bombers conducted a new flight in the area, joined by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets in a show of force amid mounting tensions. The statement was made by defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang at a monthly news briefing …

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China & India Play ‘Who Blinks First’ Over Tiny Strategic Area in Himalayas

Beijing and New Delhi are standing their ground, neither side yielding an inch in a dispute over a piece of Himalayan territory that flared up again a month ago. Could a war of words in an issue with former colonial fingerprints on it evolve into all-out war? In a statement on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry …

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#FontGate: Forged Documents from Pakistani PM’s Daughter’s Betrayed by Microsoft Word Font

A scandal is raging in Pakistan over a report claiming that the PM’s daughter, Maryam, forged documents for an investigation into illegal offshore properties using a Microsoft Word font introduced years after the documents were allegedly created. The papers she submitted were for a team looking into unlawful offshore properties mentioned in the leaked Panama …

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