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French journalists arrive home after Syria hostage ordeal

A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video released by Dogan News Agency shows shows (from left to right) Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Pierre Torres and Nicolas Henin arriving at the Mehmet Akif Inan hospital in TurkeyFour 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.

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 6:20 pm

Attacks kill at least 18 people in Iraq

Iraqi security forces guard the main gate of a Shiite private college following a deadly suicide attack, in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Ur, Iraq, Sunday, April 20, 2014. A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed over a dozen people and wounded scores of others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed soaring to levels not seen since the country balanced on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50 in Iraq on Sunday, officials said.

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 6:07 pm

Iraq attacks kill 14 as bomber hits university

A policeman inspects the site of a suicide bombing at the university of Imam Kadhim University in the north of Iraq's capital Baghdad on April 20, 2014Attacks 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

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

French President Francois Hollande, third from left, speaks with released French hostages, from left, Didier Francois, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, at the Villacoublay military airbase, outside Paris, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home on Sunday to joyful families awaiting them. The four were freed by their captives a day earlier at the Turkish border. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)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.

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 2:44 pm

Attacks kill at least 15 people in Iraq

Iraqi security forces guard the main gate of a Shiite private college following a deadly suicide attack, in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Ur, Iraq, Sunday, April 20, 2014. A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed over a dozen people and wounded scores of others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed soaring to levels not seen since the country balanced on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)BAGHDAD (AP) — 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.

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 2:23 pm

Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian village

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, tours the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday April, 20, 2014. Assad visited 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. The rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, took Maaloula several times late last year. (AP Photo/SANA)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

Syria media reports Assad visits Christian village

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

Pope’s Easter Message ‘Urbi et Orbi’

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.

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 11:45 am

On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to deliver the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy 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

When Congress is on Break, Crises Can Wait

When Congress is on Break, Crises Can WaitSecretary 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 – The Independent


The Independent

Foreign suicide bombers kill thousands and bring Iraq to the brink of civil war
The Independent
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 – TIME


Testament: Remembering Chris Hondros' Iconic Photograph From Iraq
TIME
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 – Reuters


Kuwait's Zain says sued for $4.5 billion over Iraq telco buy
Reuters
"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 – Yahoo News


Yahoo News

Iraq attacks kill 10 as bomber hits university
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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

Many dead in Iraq violence ahead of vote – Aljazeera.com


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Many dead in Iraq violence ahead of vote
Aljazeera.com
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 – Modesto Bee


Attacks kill at least 15 people in Iraq
Modesto Bee
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

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 12:29 pm

Female candidates fight for rights in Iraq campaign – Yahoo News


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Female candidates fight for rights in Iraq campaign
Yahoo News
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 – Aljazeera.com


Aljazeera.com

Dozens killed in series of blasts in Iraq
Aljazeera.com
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

Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:38 pm

Iraq: Fatwa stirs controversy ahead of elections – Asharq Alawsat English


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

The closing of Abu Ghraib and the US failure in Iraq – Los Angeles Times


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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Posted on 19 April 2014 | 12:01 pm