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1 hour ago Here's what a Hamas training camp for teens looks like
Judging by the orderly rows of hundreds of young wanna­bes lined up in crisp military fashion at their graduation ceremony here Thursday, the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas will have plenty of eager recruits this year.Read full article >>






4 hours ago Lebanon-Israel border area quiet after concerns of another war breaking out
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and Israel appeared Thursday to be seeking calm a day after clashes between the two raised concerns about another war erupting in the Middle East.The volatile border zone was quiet, but both sides were on high alert after the fighting Wednesday that claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper from Spain.Clashes in 2006 in the area led to a brief war that killed more than 1,000 people in Lebanon and 165 in Israel.Read full article >>






4 hours ago Anger attends wake and funeral for Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman
BUENOS AIRES — There were candles, roses and black banners that read “We are all Nisman,” but the crowd that assembled for the prosecutor’s wake, on the night before he was to be buried, was too angry to be solemn.Read full article >>






4 hours ago Afghans want U.S. to play greater role in their country than planned, poll shows
KABUL — Many Afghans would like to see a greater American role after this year than is planned, while a majority believe that last year’s runoff election that led to a U.S.-brokered power-sharing government was “mostly fraudulent,” according to a national poll released Thursday.Read full article >>






7 hours ago Lebanon-Israel border area quiet after concerns of another war breaking out
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and Israel appeared Thursday to be seeking calm a day after they traded fire, raising concerns about another war erupting in the Middle East. The volatile border zone was quiet, but both sides were on high alert after the fighting on Wednesday that claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper from Spain. Clashes in 2006 in the area led to a brief war that killed more than 1,000 people in Lebanon and 165 in Israel.Read full article >>






7 hours ago Jordan demands proof captured pilot is alive as Islamic State deadline passes
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan demanded proof Thursday from the Islamic State that a captured Jordanian pilot is still alive, as a deadline reportedly set by the militant group for the kingdom to release a convicted terrorist passed without word on the fate of either prisoner.Read full article >>






7 hours ago 3 Americans killed in shooting at Kabul military hub
KABUL — Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack.Read full article >>






7 hours ago Greece’s leftist government sparks fears of a Russian beachhead in Europe
LONDON — Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent’s foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia.Read full article >>






10 hours ago Here's what a Hamas training camp for teens looks like
GAZA CITY — Judging by the orderly rows of hundreds of young wanna-bes lined up in crisp military fashion at their graduation ceremony here Thursday, the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas will have plenty of eager recruits this year.Read full article >>






10 hours ago WorldViews: Crossword: What in the world, this week
Are you into eating exotic animals? Well, the Chinese city of Shenzen has suspended 14 police officers and put a police chief under investigation after reports that they were feasting on a giant endangered creature.Read full article >>






10 hours ago 3 American contractors, Afghan national killed in shooting at Kabul airport
KABUL — A gunman opened fire on a group of Americans on a military base at the Kabul airport Thursday, killing three U.S. civilian contractors and wounding a fourth, U.S. and Afghan officials said.An Afghan air force official said the shooter was an Afghan soldier, Reuters news agency reported. An Afghan national was also reported killed in the shooting.Read full article >>






13 hours ago Afghans want greater U.S. role than planned, poll shows
KABUL – Many Afghans would like to see a greater American role after this year than is currently planned, while a majority believe that last year’s runoff election that led to a U.S.-brokered power-sharing government was “mostly fraudulent,” according to a national poll released Thursday.Read full article >>






13 hours ago WorldViews: Watch: What’s missing from India’s glitzy video of Obama’s visit
On Wednesday, India's Ministry of External Affairs released a video showing President Barack Obama's official visit to the country. The glitzy, eight-minute long video showcased a lot of the political achievements as well as the personal ones (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made Obama tea and the U.S. president joked about how little sleep they got).Read full article >>






13 hours ago Jordan demands proof captured pilot is alive as Islamic State deadline passes
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan demanded proof Thursday from the Islamic State that a captured Jordanian pilot is still alive, as a deadline set by the militant group for the kingdom to release a convicted terrorist passed without word on the fate of both sides’ prisoners or any sign of an imminent exchange.Read full article >>






13 hours ago WorldViews: Chart: Are you a jihadist? The French government made this checklist
On Wednesday, the most sensational story to emerge from France was that of police questioning an 8-year-old boy in the southern city of Nice for allegedly making statements sympathetic to extremist militancy. The child is said to have declared, "I am with the terrorists" at school after not taking a part in a moment of silence to mark the Jan. 7 terror attack on the Paris offices of satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo. He reportedly told police when questioned that he didn't know what terrorism was.Read full article >>






13 hours ago Here's what a Hamas training camp for teens looks like
GAZA CITY — Judging by the orderly rows of hundreds of young wannabes lined up in crisp military fashion at their graduation ceremony here Thursday, the armed wing of the Islamist movement Hamas will have plenty of eager recruits this year.Read full article >>






16 hours ago Anger attends wake and funeral for Argentine prosecutor
BUENOS AIRES — There were candles, roses and black banners that read, “We are all Nisman,” but the crowd that assembled for the prosecutor’s wake was too angry to be solemn.“Assassin! Assassin!” people chanted as government drivers tried to wedge their tinted sedans through the throng.Read full article >>






19 hours ago Lebanese-Israeli border area quiet after concerns of another war erupting
JERUSALEM — Israel and Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah militia appeared Thursday to be seeking calm a day after exchanging lethal fire across a fractious frontier that raised concern of another war erupting between the arch-enemies. Read full article >>






22 hours ago Is this North Korea? Chinese netizens squirm as party tightens grip on Internet.
BEIJING — Google has been steadily strangled, and Gmail finally blocked more effectively than ever. Instagram and Flickr recently went black, while Microsoft Outlook was hacked. In the past few days, virtual private network (VPN) services, the tools that many people use here to evade online censorship, came under renewed attack. Read full article >>






Yesterday Jordan prepared to swap terrorist convict for pilot captured by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan said Wednesday that it was prepared to swap a prisoner sentenced to death for her role in a string of 2005 Amman hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot who was captured by Islamic State fighters.Read full article >>






Yesterday WorldViews: Hundreds of civilians died the last time Israel and Hezbollah fought a war
The latest clashes between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia mark the worst flare-up in tensions since a month-long war fought in 2006, as my colleagues report. On Wednesday, anti-tank missiles fired from Hezbollah positions struck a convoy of Israeli military vehicles patrolling the Israel-Lebanon frontier. Two soldiers were reported killed, while seven were injured.Read full article >>






Yesterday Deadly border clashes stoke fears of war in Israel, Lebanon
JERUSALEM — Residents of Israel and Lebanon feared Wednesday that their countries were edging toward war after Israeli troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia exchanged deadly barrages across a fractious border earlier in the day.Read full article >>






Yesterday Arrest in Lebanon lifts veil on life of Islamic State leader’s ex-wife, Saja al-Dulaimi
BEIRUT — For months, the ex-wife of perhaps the most wanted man in the world used Lebanon as a base to secretly transfer cash to Islamist militants, according to Lebanese military officials. She concealed her identity with fake documents, which listed her as a Syrian citizen named Mallak Abdullah, the officials said. Eventually, they said, they discovered that she was Saja al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi who had been briefly married six years ago to the man who now heads the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In November, the army detained Dulaimi with a girl who is Baghdadi’s biological daughter, the officials said.Read full article >>






Yesterday Report: Post reporter held in Iran to face trial ‘soon,’ but charges are still unknown
A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for more than six months will stand trial “soon,” Iran’s official news agency reported Wednesday, but the charges against him remain unknown.The report by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency gave no additional information about Iran’s allegations against Jason Rezaian, The Post’s bureau chief in Tehran.Read full article >>






Yesterday WorldViews: Russia’s bizarre proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1989 ‘annexation’ of East Germany
Russian lawmakers will consider a new statement that would condemn an event that happened 25 years ago — the reunification of Germany.According to Russian news agency Tass, State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin has asked the Duma's Committee on Foreign Affairs to look into condemning the "annexation" of East Germany by West Germany in 1989.Read full article >>






Yesterday Israelis, Lebanese fear countries are on brink of war after deadly border clashes
JERUSALEM — Residents of Israel and Lebanon feared Wednesday that their countries were edging toward war after Israeli troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia exchanged deadly barrages across a fractious border earlier in the day.Read full article >>






Yesterday French prisons, long hotbeds of radical Islam, get new scrutiny after Paris attacks
FLEURY-MEROGIS, France — The man was sent to France’s largest prison for armed robbery. He emerged a toughened radical who would go on to take part in the bloodiest terrorist attacks on French soil in decades.Read full article >>






Yesterday Jordan prepared to swap suicide bomber for pilot captured by Islamic State
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan said Wednesday that it was prepared to swap a prisoner sentenced to death for her role in a string of 2005 Amman hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot who was captured by Islamic State fighters.Read full article >>






Yesterday WorldViews: Michelle Obama isn’t the only high-profile guest to not wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia
Michelle Obama's decision not to wear a headscarf during an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday prompted some social media backlash in the country, as well as debate in the United States about whether the first lady was standing up for woman's rights or disrespecting a local culture on an important day.Read full article >>






Yesterday As Obama visits India, Pakistan looks to Russia for military, economic assistance
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — As the United States forges closer ties to India, neighboring Pakistan is looking for some new friends. Officials hope they have found one in Russia — a budding partnership that could eventually shift historic alliances in South Asia. Read full article >>