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6,000 cases of women raped during Syrian conflict, human rights group says

A report published by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network estimates 6,000 cases of Syrian women being sexually assaulted since the start of the war in March 2011.

Snowden could be holding on to 'doomsday' data, says spies

Spies are worried that internationally famous leaker Edward Snowden could be sitting on a "doomsday" cache of encrypted, classified material, which could reveal the identities of secret operatives.

Why Israel and Saudi Arabia really hate the Iran deal

Analysis: Israeli and Saudi condemnation of the current first steps on the agreement with Iran goes beyond cynicism.
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Saudi newspapers headlining an Iran agreement. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK — As the prospect of a long-term deal over Iran’s nuclear program has gone from remote to possible, Middle East leaders are demonstrating once again why their region remains a graveyard of diplomatic initiatives — and thus the most violent and hateful corner of our planet.

Syrian airstrikes kill at least 40 (VIDEO)

In one attack, warplanes reportedly targeting a rebel headquarters hit vegetable market stalls in the rebel-controlled Dawwar al-Hilwaniya neighborhood of Aleppo instead, killing 15 civilians and wounding tens of others.

Israel Air Force strikes Gaza after rocket fire

The Israel Air Force launched an air strike Tuesday near the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, likely in response to mortar fire earlier in the day.

7 incredible ways the Pentagon mismanages its massive budget

In November, Reuters published the second part of its series on the Pentagon’s management (or lack thereof) of its $565.8 billion budget. And it's a doozy. The problem, we now know, is not just that the Pentagon wastes vast amounts of money and resources — something we could all assume — it’s that the agency is incapable of even accounting for its money and resources, wasted or not. You should read the full Reuters report. It's a fabulous piece of journalism. Here are just some of the most troubling things you'll learn.

Kabul suicide blast kills 6 ahead of security talks

A suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul, killing at least six people Saturday ahead of security talks between Afghan elders and the United States.

Syrian rebel fighters sorry after cutting off head of wrong man

In a gruesome case of mistaken identity, anti-government fighters in Syria cut off the head of a fellow rebel after mistakenly assuming he was a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

South Korea's defense ministry mulling guidelines for psychological cyber warfare

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's defense ministry is making guidelines of psychological warfare operations for its Cyber Warfare Command as part of efforts to reform the scandal-ridden unit to stay politically neutral, a senior military official said Thursday.
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