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Californian Muslims brace for Ramadan celebrations

Like Millions of Muslims across the world, Muslims in the US are preparing to observe the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on Thursday, with a religious flavor. At southern California’s multi-cultural mosque, the Islamic Society of Orange County, preparations are going on to host thousands of Muslims on ...

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US signals first ever U-turn on Iran sanctions

Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged for the first time that a final nuclear deal would not require Iran to detail its past activities in order to lift sanctions on the country.  “We’re not fixated on Iran specifically accounting for what they did at one point in time or another,” ...

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American killed as rockets hit US base in Afghanistan

The Pentagon says an American civilian was killed and another injured when suspected Taliban militants lobbed a rocket at the largest US military base in Afghanistan. The United States Department of Defense, in a statement released on Wednesday, said 54-year-old Krissie K. Davis died Monday while working for a Defense Logistics ...

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US says no alternative to military base in Okinawa

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American officials have told the governor of Okinawa that a US military base on the Japanese island, which he opposes, is fundamental to Washington’s commitment to defend Japan against China. Officials from the US State and Defense Departments told Governor Takeshi Onaga in a meeting in Washington on Wednesday that ...

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Iran sanctions can’t go on forever, Obama tells Israeli media

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US President Barack Obama says anti-Iran sanctions cannot continue forever. In a Friday interview with Israel’s Channel 2 aired on Tuesday, Obama said Israel’s policies in the region are driven by “fear”. “I think Prime Minister Netanyahu is somebody who’s predisposed to think of security first; to think perhaps that peace ...

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Clashes between Colombian army, FARC rebels claim six lives

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At least six people have been killed in fresh violent clashes between army soldiers and members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group in the northeast of the country.   Colombian military authorities said on Thursday that the clashes took place in the oil-rich Arauca region near the ...

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