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High school teacher in Istanbul laid to rest

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG 28-year-old high school teacher Hüseyin Tunç is one of the victims of the Istanbul Ataturk Airport massacre. He was laid to rest where many of his students attended the service. Istanbul attackers connected to Central Asia Investigators say three of the men involved in the Istanbul airport terror attack came from Central Asia, and analysts say ...

Obama had some pretty nice things to say about Canada during his speech to Parliament

  EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG The “bromance” that’s blossomed between Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama officially hit its honeymoon phase yesterday. The American president arrived at Parliament Hill to deliver a closing address to Canada following the end of an event known as the “Three Amigos” summit— where the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico came together to talk politics. ...

WHAT BLACK AMERICA WON’T MISS ABOUT OBAMA?

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Photos: Dissing Obama A Republican staffer at the House of Representatives resigned in 2014 after she wrote that the Obama girls wore skirts at a White House Thanksgiving event that made it appear like they were headed to a bar. She admonished them to show more class.  A Republican congressman called Obama a “tar baby” during ...

ISIS leadership involved in Istanbul attack planning, Turkish source says

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Turkish officials have strong evidence that ISIS leadership was involved in the planning of the Istanbul airport terrorist attack, a senior government source told CNN on Thursday. Officials believe the men — identified by state media as being from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan — entered Turkey about a month ago from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa ...

Big haul of smuggled ivory seized in South Sudan

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG   South Sudanese authorities have seized more than a ton of smuggled ivory in crates at the Juba International Airport. Elephant tusks and ivory pieces wrapped in sponge, weighing 2,829 pounds, were found Wednesday in 25 crates off of a flight from Entebbe, Uganda. The Ethiopian Airlines shipment was scheduled to go on to Cairo via ...

Istanbul terror attack: These are the victims

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Their voices rose in the vast terminal of one of the world’s busiest airports. They were ordinary people — children reuniting with relatives, a father looking for his son, weary business travelers, airport cafeteria workers and uniformed security guards. Their distinct accents, faces and attire reflected the diversity of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, a bustling crossroads bridging ...

Russian jets keep buzzing U.S. ships and planes. What can the U.S. do?

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Two separate close encounters between the Russian and U.S. militaries in recent days have left many wondering if future incidents could result in an armed clash. Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Monday, “There have been repeated incidents over the past year where Russian aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic ...

Obama seeks to reassure Canada, Mexico on Trump, trade

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG President Barack Obama sought to reassure his counterparts in Canada and Mexico Wednesday that a potential Donald Trump presidency wouldn’t throw cross-border ties into turmoil, even as he pushed back on the GOP candidate’s platform. Expressing confidence that immigration wouldn’t be shut off and trade deals would persist, Obama argued against the type of protectionist policies ...

Lebanon claims it stopped two IS attacks

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Thursday came with an announcement from Lebanon’s army claiming that they had thwarted planned terrorist attacks by Islamic State on a tourist site and a crowded area, days after suicide bombers killed five people in a Christian village. The arrests were carried out on Thursday, where five people involved in ...

American destroyer gets dangerously close to Russian frigate, Mediterranean Sea

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Russia’s Defence Ministry has accused an American destroyer of coming dangerously close to a Russian frigate in the Mediterranean Sea, calling the incident a “gross violation” of international agreements. “On June 17, in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, the American destroyer USS Gravely came dangerously close to a Russian ...