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Egypt Military Winds Down Sinai Campaign Against IS

Egypt’s military announced Wednesday it was winding down its largest campaign in the Sinai against Islamists, following a 16-day operation in which it said scores of Islamic State group jihadists were killed. The army said the campaign in the Sinai Peninsula had “achieved its goals” in destroying militant hideouts and equipment, in joint operations by special forces, armored divisions and ...

Putin warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas were the guests of honour at the unveiling of the 20,000-square metre mosque in the ...

Malcolm Turnbull calls all Australians to make a “cultural shift” and stop disrespecting women

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on all Australians to make a “cultural shift” and stop disrespecting women, declaring that gender inequality lies at the heart of domestic violence. In comments that have been labelled a “gamechanger” for the fight against domestic violence, Mr Turnbull called on parents, teachers and employers to get on board the culture change, saying he wanted Australia to ...

Taunts to trigger race-hate law overhaul

THE AUSTRALIAN SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 By: Anthony Klan The NSW government is in ­advanced stages of implementing new anti-hate laws after autho­rities were unable to prosecute the local head of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir over anti-Semitic racial taunts. The NSW Attorney-General has been in close talks with Jewish umbrella group the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, which lodged a complaint ...

Russian aircraft in Syria appear defensive: Kerry

The U.S. military has assessed that the type of Russian aircraft in Syria is consistent with protecting their own forces, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday and called on Russia and Iran to be helpful in ending the 4-year-old conflict. “For the moment it is the judgment of our military and experts that the level and type represents ...

Chehayeb: Plan on right track to implementation

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb said Tuesday that his environment plan seemed to be on the right track to implementation.

Abbas warns of intifada risk after clashes

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday of the risk of a new intifada after clashes last week at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and with tensions rising as Jews and Muslims celebrate major religious holidays. Abbas’ comments after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris came with peace efforts at a standstill for more than a year and a recent poll ...

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 21, 2015, on page 1.

Yemen’s Houthis flew two U.S. citizens and one Briton they held for several months to Oman Sunday, sources in the group said, in what appears as a goodwill gesture ahead of talks with the United Nations on efforts to end nearly six months of fighting. The three Westerners had been held by the Houthis since the early days of a ...

Beirut trash rally sees relatively low turnout

A few thousand people rallied in Downtown Beirut Sunday to denounce the country’s political elite and call for an end to the garbage crisis.

Syrian Kurds seize Tal Abyad from ISIS

Syrian Kurdish fighters and their rebel allies seized the border town of Tal Abyad from ISIS militants Monday in a development with potentially huge ramifications for both Turkey and the jihadis’ self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The Kurdish YPG said that its fighters had entered most of Tal Abyad as well as the nearby border crossing leading to Turkish territory, while ...