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January 12, 2019 3:27 PM Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

A Saudi teenager who fled her family alleging abuse and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport 132

December 19, 2018 3:41 PM Republican Senator Graham says Syria withdrawal would be 'a mistake'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a frequent defender of the president, said a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Syria would be “a mistake”. “An American withdrawal at this time would be a big win for ISIS, Iran, Bashar al Assad of Syria, and Russia. I fear it will lead to devastating consequences for our nation 138

December 2, 2018 9:38 PM Senior ISIS leader involved in killing of former US Army Ranger killed in drone strike, coalition says

Former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig, pictured here, was captured in Syria in 2013. The U.S.-led coalition said that Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in Kassig's death, was killed in a drone strike on Sunday. (Ropi/ZUMA Wire) Abu al Umarayn, a senior ISIS leader who was involved in the brutal murder of former U.S. Army Ranger Peter 161

November 22, 2018 6:57 AM Australia wants it easier to strip extremists of citizenship

CANBERRA, Australia – Australia revealed plans on Thursday to increase government powers to strip citizenship from extremists and to control the movements of Australian fighters who return home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined the contentious bills, some of which he wants passed in the final two-week parliamentary 98

November 12, 2018 2:49 PM Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief halt

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Netherlands resumed visa and passport services in Pakistan on Monday following a brief suspension, denying that its embassy had closed over security concerns after the country gave shelter to the lawyer of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case. Hard-line Islamists in Pakistan have blocked streets and called for the killing of judges 75

November 11, 2018 9:46 PM Debra Messing supports Alyssa Milano's decision to distance herself from Women's March leaders

“Will & Grace” star Debra Messing has issued public support to fellow actress and advocate, Alyssa Milano, for her decision to distance herself from the Women’s March organizers over their indirect support of anti-semitism. Last week, Messing tweeted a simple message, “I stand with you @Alyssa_Milano.” The tweet was accompanied by an article from Advocate 103

November 10, 2018 9:54 AM Melbourne police see Islamic State 'inspiration' behind stabbings

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in the center of Melbourne and stabbed one person to death was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, police said on Saturday. Police identified the man responsible for Friday’s attack as Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, and said he was radicalized 97

November 7, 2018 9:09 PM Pakistani Christian woman freed from prison after blasphemy death sentence reversed

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam was reversed last week by the Supreme Court has been released from prison and is at a secure location for fear of attacks on her, officials said. Three security officials told Reuters that Asia Bibi, a mother of five, had been released from a prison 69

November 4, 2018 10:57 AM Husband of freed Pakistani Christian woman appeals to Trump for refuge

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted after spending eight years on death row on charges of blasphemy has appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for refuge, citing danger to family members’ lives. Ashiq Masih, the husband of Asia Bibi, whose case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within 99

November 1, 2018 8:10 PM Ex-California student admits to aiding Syrian terror group

CHICAGO – A former California college student has pleaded guilty to charges of aiding a terrorist organization after earlier arguing he was entitled to immunity because he hooked up with the kind of Syrian rebels the U.S. has backed. Twenty-five-year-old Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab admitted in a plea agreement Wednesday to flying from Chicago to Turkey 62