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Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria were reunited with family and colleagues on Sunday in an emotional homecoming after 10 months in captivity during which they were chained together and held in dingy basements. "It was a long haul, but we never lost hope," said radio reporter Didier Francois, who, like the rest of the group, had shaved the long beard he grew in captivity before the reunion at the Villacoublay base. President Francois Hollande said it was "a day of joy for France" as he met the four men at Villacoublay, where they were due to undergo medical checks. Nicolas Henin, a 37-year-old reporter for Le Point magazine, and freelance photographer Pierre Torres, 29, were seized two weeks later, also in the north of the country, at Raqqa.
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Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 14 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. The attacks, which come as Iraq suffers a prolonged surge in bloodshed, took place less than two weeks before a parliamentary election that will be a major test for security forces. Officials gave varying accounts of the bombing of Baghdad's Imam Kadhim University. A police colonel said a suicide attacker entered the university before setting off explosives, while another bomber and a gunman were killed by security forces.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 4:38 pm
PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 1:31 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country “will not submit and yield” to extremists.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 12:44 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The following is the text of the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for ‘to the city and to the world’) read by him in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent," he said in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message. Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 10:35 am
Secretary of State John Kerry was slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said “You just don’t, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion,” but he could have just as well been talking about the U.S. Congress, which is still operating at a leisurely pace better suited to a bygone era. With international crises crashing around President Obama’s head and a legislative hopper groaning from stacks of unfinished business, members of Congress are rarely on hand to respond to crises in real time, offer reassuring words from the floor of the House or Senate, or publicly signal a sense of engagement to unfolding events at home or abroad. Although Congress and the president share authority over foreign policy under the Constitution, as columnist George Will has noted, President Obama has exerted inordinate power over foreign policy “only because Congress, over many years, has become too supine to wield its constitutional powers.” But another reason is lawmakers’ slavish devotion to a legislative calendar that keeps them in Washington for less than half the year.
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 10:15 am
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Foreign suicide bombers kill thousands and bring Iraq to the brink of civil war
A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back to the brink of civil war. Many of the bombers are likely to have entered Syria across the 500-mile …
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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 6:58 pm
Testament: Remembering Chris Hondros' Iconic Photograph From Iraq
It has been three years since photographer Chris Hondros was killed, along with fellow photojournalist Tim Hetherington, during a firefight in Misrata, Libya, on April 20th 2011. With the recent release of Testament — a moving collection of Hondros' …
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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 6:14 pm
Kuwait's Zain says sued for $4.5 billion over Iraq telco buy
"Zain Iraq believes its position in the case is strong as the claimant company has failed until now to produce any evidence to back its claim," Zain said in the statement, adding it has now revealed some details of the court case after seeking legal …
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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 3:00 pm
Iraq attacks kill 10 as bomber hits university
The attacks, which come as Iraq suffers a prolonged surge in bloodshed, took place less than two weeks before a parliamentary election that will be a major test for security forces. Officials gave varying accounts of the bombing of Baghdad's Imam …
Posted on 20 April 2014 | 1:44 pm
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Many dead in Iraq violence ahead of vote
Bombings across Iraq, including a suicide blast at a college in north Baghdad, have killed at least 18 people, while clashes in the country's restive city of Fallujah left 15 people dead. Sunday's violence came less than two weeks before a …
Attacks Kill at Least 18 People in IraqABC News
Iraq attacks kills nine as bomber hits universityThe Daily Star
Iraqi officials say separate attacks in Iraq kill at least 12 people, wound 35 …Fox News
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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 1:17 pm
Attacks kill at least 15 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD — A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly 50 others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq …
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Female candidates fight for rights in Iraq campaign
Baghdad (AFP) – With fears that women's rights are being eroded in Iraq, prospective female lawmakers are determined to push women's issues to the fore of campaigning for this month's elections. Despite a constitutional requirement that a quarter of …
In Iraq, women fight to keep rights on campaign trailThe National
Iraqi women push for rights ahead of presidential electionDigitalJournal.com
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Posted on 20 April 2014 | 7:58 am
Dozens killed in series of blasts in Iraq
At least 25 people were killed in the latest wave of attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighbourhood in Baghdad, authorities have said. Four people were killed in a twin bomb attack on busy commerical …
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Asharq Alawsat English
Iraq: Fatwa stirs controversy ahead of elections
Asharq Alawsat English
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraq's Shi'ite community remained divided this week ahead of nationwide elections on April 30 after Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ismail Al-Sadr criticized a controversial fatwa banning the election of secular candidates.
Fatwa banning election of secular candidates in Iraq criticizedDigitalJournal.com
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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 12:43 pm
Asharq Alawsat English
The closing of Abu Ghraib and the US failure in Iraq
Los Angeles Times
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed, the inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary — Iraqi officials suggest the latter — this ought to qualify as …
Iraqi Justice Minister reveals that 70 Saudi nationals are being detained in …Asharq Alawsat English
Inmates To Be Moved Temporarily Out Of Iraq's Abu Ghraib PrisonKGOU
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