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2 HOURS AGO - New York Times

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Jordan Executes 11 After 8-Year Moratorium

The kingdom’s last execution took place in 2006, and the hangings of 11 convicted murderers on Sunday prompted criticism by human rights organizations.

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3 HOURS AGO - Eurasia Review

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Jordan Resumes Death Penalty, Executes 11

Jordanian authorities executed 11 Jordanian men by hanging on December 21, 2014, ending an eight-year de facto moratorium on the death penalty, reports Human Rights Watch. The official government news agency, Petra News, announced that authorities had executed the men inside Suwaqa prison, 70 kilometers south of Amman. Interior Ministry Spokesman Ziad al-Zu`bi told Petra […] The post Jordan Resumes ...

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5 HOURS AGO - Newsday

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Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

Pope Francis' role in US-Cuba thaw leaves some Cuban-American Catholics feeling abandoned

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DEC 20, 2014 - CBS News

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U.S.-Cuba thaw puts papal diplomacy on display

Pope Francis played a big role behind the scenes bringing the U.S. and Cuba together. This may well signal a revival of a more active brand of papal diplomacy. Allen Pizzey reports.

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2 HOURS AGO - The Guardian

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Tony Abbott says repealing carbon tax his biggest achievement as minister for women

‘Women are particularly focused on the household budget and the repeal of the carbon tax means a $550 a year benefit for the average family,’ the PM said Continue reading...

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20 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Australian PM Abbott reshuffles cabinet to focus on jobs, families

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in public support, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, promoting the overseer of a tough immigration program and throwing out his gaffe-prone defense minister. Abbott said the shake-up was for jobs and families and stressed a focus on financial issues as he deals with the fallout of ...

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DEC 20, 2014 - Arizona Republic

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Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said....

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DEC 20, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Kurds gaining ground on Islamic State in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar Mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, said Kurdish fighters advanced in ...

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10 HOURS AGO - Los Angeles Times

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Four months into truce, tensions remain along Gaza border

The border between Israel and the Gaza Strip remained tense Sunday following attacks over the weekend that underscored the fragile situation four months after the summer’s war between Israeli troops and Hamas.

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15 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Egypt opens border with Gaza after 2-month closure

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months, offering temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave.

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DEC 19, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel

The military said air raid sirens were sounded in the Eshkol region bordering the Palestinian coastal territory. [...] Friday, fierce clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces at a West Bank military checkpoint and near the village of Turmus Aya, though no injuries were reported. In other developments, the Israeli military on Friday began relaxing travel restrictions for Palestinian ...

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