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For Refugees From Syria, a Visit With No Expiration Date

BOYNUYOGUN, Turkey — The Turkish government describes the refugee camp here as a “temporary residence” for the country’s Syrian guests, but very little about it looks temporary. Erected only four months ago on agricultural land, Boynuyogun camp is lined with paved roads and sidewalks of neatly interlocking cobblestones. Young people play on three broad, pebble-strewn…

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Can the Arabs convince Russia not to block Syrian condemnation?

The Arab League’s decision to suspend Syria’s membership in the group and to threaten possible sanctions against one of its own has not only altered the political landscape in the Middle East. It has shaken up the Security Council and placed Syria’s most important ally, Russia, under increasing pressure to reconsider its implacable opposition to pressure in the U.N. Security ...

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Call for greater aid transparency

A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn). Publish What You Fund says taxpayers in rich donor countries and recipients in poorer nations need more information to know if aid is being spent wisely….

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As U.S. prepares to leave Iraq, Iran’s shadow looms large

Reporting from Tampa, Fla.— As the last U.S. troops pack up to leave Iraq by the end of next month, Pentagon officials and senior military commanders are warning that Iran will rush to fill a power vacuum created by the American exit unless Washington limits its pullback from the region. That broad assessment has taken on urgency in recent weeks ...

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Clinton, counter-insurgency and hegemony

When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the Philippines for the second time of her tenure at the head of the State Department on November 15 and 16, she will meet with President Benigno Aquino III, to belatedly celebrate the 60th anniversary of the US-Philippines Mutual Defence Treaty, and to discuss what press reports have called “bilateral and multilateral” ...

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Norway mass killer Breivik admits July massacre

OSLO, Norway — The anti-Muslim militant who killed 77 people in attacks in Norway in July acknowledged carrying out the massacre but refused to plead guilty in his first public court appearance since the attacks. Anders Behring Breivik, speaking Monday at a court just two blocks from where he detonated a huge home-made bomb before shooting 69 people at the ruling ...

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Iran says has detected Duqu computer virus

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday it had detected the Duqu computer virus that experts say is based on Stuxnet, the so-called “cyber-weapon” discovered last year and believed to be aimed at sabotaging the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites. The head of Iran’s civil defense organization told the official IRNA news agency that computers at all main sites at risk ...

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Guantanamo prison still operating 10 years on

It has been 10 years since the US military opened the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and despite President Barack Obama’s promise to close it – it is still home to 171 detainees. One of them is Canadian Omar Khadr, the only Western prisoner who has not yet been returned to his home country. Al Jazeera spoke to his sister, who ...

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