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Woman at heart of niqab debate granted citizenship in private ceremony

MISSISSAUGA, Ont,Canada.€” The woman who won the legal right to wear a niqab during her citizenship oath has officially become Canadian. Zunera Ishaq’s lawyer Lorne Waldman says the 29-year-old was granted citizenship today in a private ceremony in Mississauga, west of Toronto. Media photos show her taking the oath wearing a floral-patterned niqab. She had previously said she wished to ...

U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration’s urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups. Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because ...

Putin: Russian airstrikes in Syria aimed at helping al-Assad regime

Vladimir Putin just confirmed what many suspected — that Russian airstrikes in Syria are meant to bolster President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But exactly how they’re doing that remains a point of contention: Are Russians really focused on pummeling ISIS, or are they targeting Syrian rebels demanding an end to the Assad dynasty? “Our task is to stabilize the legitimate government ...

Toll of Syria’s war: Baby born with shrapnel on forehead

In war-torn Syria, a baby girl was a victim of thecountry’s civil war before she was even born. The newborn is named Amel, or “Hope,” because of what she has survived in her first days of life in Aleppo. She came into this world bearing a scar of war on her forehead. Her story is a tragic illustration of a ...

At least 95 killed in twin bombings near train station in Turkey’s capital

Two powerful bombs exploded at a peace rally near the main train station in Ankara on Saturday morning, killing at least 95 people and wounding 246 others in the deadliest attack in the Turkish capital in recent memory. The number of casualties announced late Saturday by the prime minster’s officer was lower than the figures given earlier by the Turkish ...

Woman, 99, denied citizenship despite living in Canada since 1933

A 99-year-old woman is going public after she was denied Canadian citizenship and a health card despite living in Canada for more than 80 years. Joan Stirling’s application was rejected by Citizenship and Immigration Canada because she  couldn’t produce a specific piece of identification — her birth certificate from almost a century ago. Her friend, Diana Watson, has been fighting since ...

2 detained after freshman shot dead near Texas Southern University

A student was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained two men for questioning, authorities said. Northern Arizona University campus shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded Oregon college gunman killed himself after police shot him The university quickly went on lockdown after the shooting was reported around ...

U.S. abandoning goal of building new Syrian rebel force

U.S. will give weapons, support to some rebel leaders The U.S. is abandoning its goal of training a new force of moderate Syrian rebels and will focus on equipping and supporting established rebels groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria, officials said Friday. The change, which has not yet been officially announced, reflects the failure of the ...

Guatemala mudslide death toll rises to 253

Nearly 400 missing as search for victims enters 2nd week Relatives participate in the burial of Santos Etelvina Sontay, a victim of a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City. (Jose Cabezas/Reuters) The death toll from the mammoth landslide that buried a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital has risen to 253 as the search ...

12 Things Not to Do in Dubai

WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG Dubai is a fun and frivolous playground on the Persian Gulf, but don’t consider it the Vegas of the Middle East. While this eclectic city is one of the most permissive, relaxed, cosmopolitan destinations in the region, you do have to watch your behavior to some degree. What’s considered appropriate in your home country may ...