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Classmate of teenage gunman arrested on the way to high school in Western Sydney

Sydney police have arrested a student on the way to Arthur Phillip High School this morning. The student is in the same school with the 15-year-old student, Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who shot a NSW police employee dead at Parramatta’s police headquarters on Friday. Farhad Jabar was killed by police after he shot Mr Cheng dead. The student claimed that he was using his mobile phone to film officers who ...

Vladimir Putin Plunges Into a Caldron in Syria: Saving Assad

After two days of attacks directed exclusively against insurgents opposed to the Syrian government, there is little question that Russia is determined to re-establish President Bashar al-Assad as Syria’s leader. “Russia’s goal is to defend Assad; whoever is against him is a destabilizing factor,” said Aleksei Makarkin, the deputy head of the Center for Political Technologies, in Moscow. “Russia wants ...

Number of Iranians Killed in Hajj Stampede Grows to 464 people

The number of Iranian pilgrims who died last week in a human crush near Mecca in Saudi Arabia has nearly doubled to 464, Iran reported on Thursday, increasing tensions between the two countries and adding to doubts that the Saudi government had provided a full accounting of the disaster. The deaths occurred on Sept. 24, when large crowds of pilgrims ...

Palestinian Gunmen Kill Israeli Parents of 4 in West Bank

An Israeli couple was shot to death Thursday in the West Bank by Palestinians while driving in their car with their four young children, according to the Israeli military and emergency services. The children — ages 9, 7, 4 and 4 months — were in the back seat and were unharmed, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said. The victims ...

Obama Condemns Russia’s Role in Bombing Syria

President Obama forcefully denounced Russia on Friday for its new bombing campaign in Syria and said the United States would not cooperate, declaring that Moscow’s actions will lead it into a “quagmire” and make the crisis in the Middle East worse not better. Even as the Kremlin widened its bombings in Syria, striking Islamic State territory for the first time, ...

Pentagon is to open channel of communication with Russia on Syria, Obama said

A day after an Obama-Putin summit at which the White House said it had reached “clarity” on Russian intentions in Syria, Barack Obama’s defense chief instructed his staff to establish a communication channel with the Kremlin to ensure the safety of US and Russian military operations. Ashton Carter, the US defense secretary, seeks to “avoid conflict in the air” between ...

Australia launch another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

Australia is to launch another bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, just a year after its last term on the council expired. The spot Australia is seeking will be open in 2029. Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is expected to announce the bid in her address to the General Assembly in New York on Tuesday evening. In opposition ...

Human Rights activists roundly condemn Houthi militia’s atrocities against women in Yemen

Arab and Yemeni human rights defenders and activists have condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal atrocities, crimes and violations committed by the Houthi militia and group of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh against the women in Yemen. Speakers condemned these human rights abuses terming them as “bereft of human sense” and said the perpetrators had no regard for ...

Clashes over Israeli police and Palestinians at a holy site in Jerusalem

There have been clashes over Israeli riot police and young Palestinian protesters at a holy site in Jerusalem early Sunday. A small group of masked young Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at Israeli police at a main entrance, according to officials. Police responded with stun grenades and fired tear gas and then the crowd was quickly dispersed. Fortunately, no one ...

Russia and Iran talked up ties between two nations at the UN Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked up ties between their two nations on Monday at the 70th United Nations General Assembly. Putin called for the formation of a “broader, general” coalition to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “I would like to note that our relations are developing quite actively,” Putin told Rouhani at a ...

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