ISIS shifting focus to Afghanistan, threatens Central Asia – CIS anti-terrorism chief

Islamic State terrorists are seeking to shift the main focus of their activity from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan and neighboring states, Col. Gen. Andrey Novikov, the head of the Anti-Terrorist Center (ATC) of the Commonwealth of Indepen…

Preview Islamic State terrorists are seeking to shift the main focus of their activity from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan and neighboring states, Col. Gen. Andrey Novikov, the head of the Anti-Terrorist Center (ATC) of the Commonwealth of Independent States has said.
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Ruins of Great al-Nuri Mosque captured by drone in devastated Old Mosul (VIDEO)

Preview New drone footage from ravaged Old Mosul has depicted the extent of air and artillery strike damage that has been inflicted on Iraqi’s second largest city. Amid the rubble and the ruin, the video captured the site where the Great Mosque of al-Nuri once stood.
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Preview New drone footage from ravaged Old Mosul has depicted the extent of air and artillery strike damage that has been inflicted on Iraqi’s second largest city. Amid the rubble and the ruin, the video captured the site where the Great Mosque of al-Nuri once stood.
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Hezbollah warns ‘100s of thousands’ would retaliate if conflict with Israel erupts

Preview The next war with Israel would draw hundreds of thousands of fighters from across the entire Middle East, Hezbollah’s leader has warned after the Israeli Air Force chief promised to drop a month’s bombs in a matter of days if a new conflict breaks out.
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Preview The next war with Israel would draw hundreds of thousands of fighters from across the entire Middle East, Hezbollah’s leader has warned after the Israeli Air Force chief promised to drop a month’s bombs in a matter of days if a new conflict breaks out.
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White Helmets member caught on camera disposing of Syrian soldiers’ mutilated bodies (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Preview A member of the so-called White Helmets which has been hailed by the western media as ‘peace-bearing heroes’ has been caught on camera helping a group of unidentified militants disposing the bodies of beheaded Syrian Army soldiers.
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Preview A member of the so-called White Helmets which has been hailed by the western media as ‘peace-bearing heroes’ has been caught on camera helping a group of unidentified militants disposing the bodies of beheaded Syrian Army soldiers.
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‘Interpreter asked: What is Facebook?’ RT crew shares experiences filming in N. Korea

Preview In a behind-the-scenes interview about RT’s new documentary on North Korea, director Natalya Kadyrova describes the challenges of filming in the world’s most restrictive nation, including trying to tell if the family they shot were real, or actors pretending to be husband and wife.
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Preview In a behind-the-scenes interview about RT’s new documentary on North Korea, director Natalya Kadyrova describes the challenges of filming in the world’s most restrictive nation, including trying to tell if the family they shot were real, or actors pretending to be husband and wife.
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Indian state local authorities in hot water after ‘poor’ stamps on houses

Preview The decision to place ‘I’m poor’ signs on the houses of people eligible for government support by the Indian state of Rajasthan has offended residents who accuse the the local government of mocking them while prompting condemnation from the opposition.
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Preview The decision to place ‘I’m poor’ signs on the houses of people eligible for government support by the Indian state of Rajasthan has offended residents who accuse the the local government of mocking them while prompting condemnation from the opposition.
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‘No matter for state’: Germany rejects Turkish criticism of liberal mosque in Berlin

The German government has hit back at the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) for its criticism of a recently opened liberal mosque which allows men, women and the lGBT community to pray together in Berlin. Read Full Article…

Preview The German government has hit back at the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) for its criticism of a recently opened liberal mosque which allows men, women and the lGBT community to pray together in Berlin.
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Terror plot targeting Grand Mosque in Mecca foiled – Saudi security forces

A terror plot to attack the Grand Mosque in Mecca has been foiled by security forces, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry announced on Friday, Al Arabiya TV and state television Al-Ekhbariya report. Read Full Article at RT.com

Preview A terror plot to attack the Grand Mosque in Mecca has been foiled by security forces, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry announced on Friday, Al Arabiya TV and state television Al-Ekhbariya report.
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‘Something’s pulling them here’: Thousands of seals surround Arctic drilling rig (VIDEO)

Preview An enormous herd of harp seals has occupied every free ice floe as far as the eye can see around Russia’s Prirazlomnaya offshore oil drilling rig located in the Pechora Sea, inside the Arctic Circle.
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Preview An enormous herd of harp seals has occupied every free ice floe as far as the eye can see around Russia’s Prirazlomnaya offshore oil drilling rig located in the Pechora Sea, inside the Arctic Circle.
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3 kids, 2 adults electrocuted at Turkey water park – reports

Three children, and two adults who tried to rescue them, have died after being electrocuted at a waterpark in Akyazi, north-western Turkey, local media reported. Read Full Article at RT.com

Preview Three children, and two adults who tried to rescue them, have died after being electrocuted at a waterpark in Akyazi, north-western Turkey, local media reported.
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8 UAE princesses convicted of servant abuse in Belgium

Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates were given suspended jail terms and fined in a trafficking case in Belgium, escaping the harsher charges of inhumane treatment. Read Full Article at RT.com

Preview Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates were given suspended jail terms and fined in a trafficking case in Belgium, escaping the harsher charges of inhumane treatment.
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Kashmir mob beats Indian officer to death outside mosque

An Indian police officer was stripped and beaten to death by a mob outside a large mosque in the region of Kashmir. The officer had reportedly been taking photos of people leaving the mosque and had injured several people who wanted him t…

Preview An Indian police officer was stripped and beaten to death by a mob outside a large mosque in the region of Kashmir. The officer had reportedly been taking photos of people leaving the mosque and had injured several people who wanted him to stop.
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Iranians chant ‘Death to Israel & America!’ on Quds Day as Rouhani joins rally (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Iran is hosting anti-Israel rallies across the country, with demonstrators taking to the streets to shout slogans against the Jewish state and to condemn the occupation of Palestinian land. The protests are part of the annual Quds Day hol…

Preview Iran is hosting anti-Israel rallies across the country, with demonstrators taking to the streets to shout slogans against the Jewish state and to condemn the occupation of Palestinian land. The protests are part of the annual Quds Day holiday.
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World record: Canadian sniper shoots ISIS fighter dead from over 2 miles away

A sniper for Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has broken the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot, the country’s military has confirmed to several media. The fatal shot targeted a member of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISI…

Preview A sniper for Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has broken the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot, the country's military has confirmed to several media. The fatal shot targeted a member of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
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Taliban says foreign troops must go before peace talks as US plans 4,000-strong surge

Preview In an annual address to followers, the Taliban’s leader warned against sending additional foreign troops to Afghanistan, saying that only after all foreign soldiers leave can peace be negotiated.
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Preview In an annual address to followers, the Taliban’s leader warned against sending additional foreign troops to Afghanistan, saying that only after all foreign soldiers leave can peace be negotiated.
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Kazakhstan denies reports of talks on troop deployments to Syria

Preview Kazakhstan, Russia’s close military ally and economic partner, did not engage in talks on sending troops to secure the so-called de-escalation zones in Syria, the country’s foreign minister said, denying previous reports on the issue.

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Preview Kazakhstan, Russia’s close military ally and economic partner, did not engage in talks on sending troops to secure the so-called de-escalation zones in Syria, the country’s foreign minister said, denying previous reports on the issue.
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‘We made history’: NASA launches lightest & first 3D-printed satellite, designed by Indian teen

Preview NASA has launched the world’s lightest satellite into space, designed by an 18-year-old Indian student. The instrument, which weighs just 64 grams, is also the first satellite to be 3D printed.
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Preview NASA has launched the world’s lightest satellite into space, designed by an 18-year-old Indian student. The instrument, which weighs just 64 grams, is also the first satellite to be 3D printed.
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N. Korea blames US student’s death on Obama policy, calls itself ‘biggest victim’

Preview A US student released by North Korea to the US in a coma was a victim of the “strategic patience” policy of former President Barack Obama, who never requested his release, says Pyongyang. It labels itself the “biggest victim” after the student’s death.
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Preview A US student released by North Korea to the US in a coma was a victim of the “strategic patience” policy of former President Barack Obama, who never requested his release, says Pyongyang. It labels itself the “biggest victim” after the student’s death.
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‘State trojans’: New German law enables police to hack into encrypted messengers

Preview German police may now hack into messengers like WhatsApp using “state trojans” to intercept user communications before they are encrypted on their devices, according to a new law swiftly passed by the parliament.

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Preview German police may now hack into messengers like WhatsApp using “state trojans” to intercept user communications before they are encrypted on their devices, according to a new law swiftly passed by the parliament.
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Turkey has no intention of closing Qatar base despite Saudi ultimatum

Turkey has no intention of shutting down its brand new military base in Qatar, it said in a rejection of a demand about the small Gulf kingdom voiced by other Arab nations. Ankara says the base benefits the entire Gulf region. Read Full A…

Preview Turkey has no intention of shutting down its brand new military base in Qatar, it said in a rejection of a demand about the small Gulf kingdom voiced by other Arab nations. Ankara says the base benefits the entire Gulf region.
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Get the message? Telegram threatened with blocking by Russian media watchdog over non-compliance

Preview Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has threatened to block popular messaging app Telegram if its managing company doesn’t comply with Russian law and provide the necessary data for official registration.
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Preview Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has threatened to block popular messaging app Telegram if its managing company doesn’t comply with Russian law and provide the necessary data for official registration.
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‘World fails miserably to stop opium threat’: RT reports from drug factory Afghanistan

Preview Opiate production in Afghanistan has shot up since the US-led invasion in 2001, leading addiction rates there to skyrocket. Meanwhile, the UN said this week that opioids are the world’s “most harmful drug type.” RT investigated the problem in Kabul.
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Preview Opiate production in Afghanistan has shot up since the US-led invasion in 2001, leading addiction rates there to skyrocket. Meanwhile, the UN said this week that opioids are the world’s “most harmful drug type.” RT investigated the problem in Kabul.
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Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a T…

Preview The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and paying a fine.
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‘US coalition bombs randomly, hitting civilians rather than ISIS’ – Raqqa refugees to RT

Preview Civilian casualties from the US-supported operation to retake Raqqa are mounting daily, while those fortunate enough to survive and flee the ISIS-held city have accused the American-led coalition of “haphazard” bombardment allied to the indiscriminate use of white phosphorus.
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Preview Civilian casualties from the US-supported operation to retake Raqqa are mounting daily, while those fortunate enough to survive and flee the ISIS-held city have accused the American-led coalition of “haphazard” bombardment allied to the indiscriminate use of white phosphorus.
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Germany to restart deportations to Afghanistan next week – reports

Failed Afghan asylum seekers in Germany could be ferried back to Afghanistan beginning next week, according to reports in the German media. Deportations to the country were paused following a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul last month. Re…

Preview Failed Afghan asylum seekers in Germany could be ferried back to Afghanistan beginning next week, according to reports in the German media. Deportations to the country were paused following a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul last month.
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North Korea tests suspected ICBM rocket engine – US officials

North Korea has reportedly carried out another test of a space rocket engine, which could be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially be capable of reaching the US mainland, American officials have told…

Preview North Korea has reportedly carried out another test of a space rocket engine, which could be used for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially be capable of reaching the US mainland, American officials have told media outlets.
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Orban & ‘new boy’ Macron engaged in verbal slugfest over EU policies

Preview Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has slammed the French president over what he terms inappropriate conduct after Emmanuel Macron criticized Eastern Europe for a ‘lack of solidarity’ and ‘cynicism’ in dealing with the refugee crisis.
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Preview Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has slammed the French president over what he terms inappropriate conduct after Emmanuel Macron criticized Eastern Europe for a ‘lack of solidarity’ and ‘cynicism’ in dealing with the refugee crisis.
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Islamabad decries US drone strikes amid reports Trump mulls more such ops in Pakistan

Pakistan has slammed US drone strikes on its territory amid reports that the Trump administration may widen such operations in a bid to pin down the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.
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Preview Pakistan has slammed US drone strikes on its territory amid reports that the Trump administration may widen such operations in a bid to pin down the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.
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EU leaders agree to extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine

EU leaders have officially confirmed a decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Crimea and Eastern Ukraine for another six months, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced during a European leaders summit in Bru…

Preview EU leaders have officially confirmed a decision to extend sanctions against Russia over Crimea and Eastern Ukraine for another six months, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced during a European leaders summit in Brussels.
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Asking women to swap seats for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men ruled illegal for Israeli airline

Israeli airline El Al can no longer ask women to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox men object to sitting next to them, a court has ruled, after a case was brought by a Holocaust survivor who said she was humiliated after being asked to move….

Preview Israeli airline El Al can no longer ask women to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox men object to sitting next to them, a court has ruled, after a case was brought by a Holocaust survivor who said she was humiliated after being asked to move.
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No more ‘roasted husband’ and ‘deformed man toilet’: China clamps down on poor translations

Inventively mangled foreign-language versions of signs and menus have become an iconic feature of China, but the government is imposing a compulsory list of 3,500 common translated phrases for public use in a bid to rid the country of Chi…

Preview Inventively mangled foreign-language versions of signs and menus have become an iconic feature of China, but the government is imposing a compulsory list of 3,500 common translated phrases for public use in a bid to rid the country of Chinglish.
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Police in major Belgian city monitor 557 potential Islamists, 189 ‘really dangerous’ – mayor

Preview Law enforcement in Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, lists almost 560 people it considers radicalized or at risk of radicalization, its mayor said in the wake of a foiled terrorist attack in Brussels.
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Preview Law enforcement in Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, lists almost 560 people it considers radicalized or at risk of radicalization, its mayor said in the wake of a foiled terrorist attack in Brussels.
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‘US-led coalition protects ISIS by targeting Syrian forces’ – family of downed plane pilot

Preview The US-led coalition’s downing of a Syrian Army plane near Raqqa province shows that the group is not fighting Islamic State terrorists but is instead protecting them, the family of the pilot told Ruptly.
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Preview The US-led coalition’s downing of a Syrian Army plane near Raqqa province shows that the group is not fighting Islamic State terrorists but is instead protecting them, the family of the pilot told Ruptly.
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Putin ignores pouring rain to lay wreath on Day of Memory and Sorrow (VIDEO)

Pouring rain did not prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, which marks the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against the Nazis. Read Full Article at RT.c…

Preview Pouring rain did not prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, which marks the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against the Nazis.
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German intel agency spied on White House, State Dept & US military for years – report

Preview Germany’s intelligence agency spied on high-profile US targets, including the White House, the State Department and the military for almost a decade, Spiegel has reported. Even US-based international organizations such as the IMF and HRW were on the watchlist.

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Preview Germany’s intelligence agency spied on high-profile US targets, including the White House, the State Department and the military for almost a decade, Spiegel has reported. Even US-based international organizations such as the IMF and HRW were on the watchlist.
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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi ‘highly likely’ eliminated – Russian Foreign Ministry

Preview The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it is “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL), was eliminated in an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force in Syria earlier in May.
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Preview The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it is “highly likely” that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL), was eliminated in an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force in Syria earlier in May.
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3 killed every hour: Mexico’s murder rate reaches 20-year high

Preview Mexico recorded more than 2,000 murders in May, the highest monthly homicide rate in 20 years and a bloody milestone in the country’s continuing war on drugs.
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Preview Mexico recorded more than 2,000 murders in May, the highest monthly homicide rate in 20 years and a bloody milestone in the country’s continuing war on drugs.
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UAE has secret torture prisons in Yemen, US involved in interrogations – AP

Preview The UAE operates a network of ‘black sites’ in war-torn Yemen, where terrorist suspects are abused and tortured, an AP investigation has found. US personnel have been involved in at least some interrogations, agency sources said.
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Preview The UAE operates a network of ‘black sites’ in war-torn Yemen, where terrorist suspects are abused and tortured, an AP investigation has found. US personnel have been involved in at least some interrogations, agency sources said.
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India set to overtake China as world population hits 9.8bn by 2050 – UN

The world population is set to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 despite a “nearly universal” drop in fertility rates, the UN estimates. India is expected to surpass China as the most populous country by 2024, and Nigeria is set to overtake the U…

Preview The world population is set to reach 9.8 billion by 2050 despite a "nearly universal" drop in fertility rates, the UN estimates. India is expected to surpass China as the most populous country by 2024, and Nigeria is set to overtake the US for third place.
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Almost half of Australians wary of China military threat – poll

Preview Almost half of all Australians believe China will become a military threat for their country in the next 20 years, a new poll shows. It reveals Aussie concerns over China’s activities in the South China Sea.
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Preview Almost half of all Australians believe China will become a military threat for their country in the next 20 years, a new poll shows. It reveals Aussie concerns over China’s activities in the South China Sea.
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‘We don’t need them’: Austrian FM wants to end Islamic kindergartens to boost integration

Shutting down Islamic kindergartens where children have little or no command of German would be an efficient way to ensure the integration of migrants, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

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Preview Shutting down Islamic kindergartens where children have little or no command of German would be an efficient way to ensure the integration of migrants, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.
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Russian MoD declassifies docs on Soviet Union’s preparedness for 1941 Nazi invasion

Preview The Russian Defense Ministry has declassified and published documents detailing how victorious USSR reflected on the disastrous early days of Nazi Germany’s invasion. Military strategists wanted to know if the Soviet Union was unprepared for war.
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Preview The Russian Defense Ministry has declassified and published documents detailing how victorious USSR reflected on the disastrous early days of Nazi Germany’s invasion. Military strategists wanted to know if the Soviet Union was unprepared for war.
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Jerusalem synagogue vandalized with swastikas, holy books burned

A Jerusalem synagogue was vandalized with Nazi swastikas spray-painted on the walls, police say, adding that the perpetrators also tried to burn holy books. A mentally unstable Ultra-Orthodox Haredi man was reportedly arrested in connecti…

Preview A Jerusalem synagogue was vandalized with Nazi swastikas spray-painted on the walls, police say, adding that the perpetrators also tried to burn holy books. A mentally unstable Ultra-Orthodox Haredi man was reportedly arrested in connection with the incident.
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US seeks to ‘milk’ terrorism sponsor Saudi Arabia – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard media adviser to RT

Preview As the US influence in the Middle East wanes, it increasingly associates itself with dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, whose “dark face” and “role in supporting terrorism is known to everyone in the region,” a high ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard official told RT.
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Preview As the US influence in the Middle East wanes, it increasingly associates itself with dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, whose “dark face” and “role in supporting terrorism is known to everyone in the region,” a high ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard official told RT.
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Israel has ‘unimaginable’ power to strike Hezbollah, Air Force chief tells security conference

Preview Israel has significantly increased its air superiority in the last decade following Israeli–Lebanese conflict of 2006, its Air Force chief has stated, warning Hezbollah and its allies of dire consequences should another war break out in the future.
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Preview Israel has significantly increased its air superiority in the last decade following Israeli–Lebanese conflict of 2006, its Air Force chief has stated, warning Hezbollah and its allies of dire consequences should another war break out in the future.
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Erdogan struggles to find venue to address supporters in Germany on G20 sidelines – reports

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is reportedly finding it difficult to secure booking for a suitable venue to address thousands of his supporters on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, according to local media…

Preview The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is reportedly finding it difficult to secure booking for a suitable venue to address thousands of his supporters on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, according to local media.
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France’s Macron sees no ‘legitimate successor’ to Assad, declares terrorism a common enemy in Syria

Preview There is currently no viable alternative to Bashar Assad to prevent Syria from turning into a failed state, the new French president has said, departing from his predecessor’s position that the Syrian leader must be toppled to stabilize the war-torn country.
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Preview There is currently no viable alternative to Bashar Assad to prevent Syria from turning into a failed state, the new French president has said, departing from his predecessor’s position that the Syrian leader must be toppled to stabilize the war-torn country.
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‘Germany for Germans’: European politician defends leaked WhatsApp statement

Preview A regional leader of Germany’s right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) party remains unmoved and has reiterated his ‘Germany for Germans’ call, previously leaked from a party chat, local media report.
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Preview A regional leader of Germany’s right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) party remains unmoved and has reiterated his ‘Germany for Germans’ call, previously leaked from a party chat, local media report.
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