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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) before a press conference in Geneva on September 14, 2013 after they met for talks on Syria's chemical weapons. Washington and Moscow have agreed a deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, Kerry said after talks with Lavrov. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
Sep29

Syria: US “on the verge” of calling off Russia talks

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is “on the verge” of suspending talks with Russia over Syria because of Moscow’s continued aerial bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Hours after Russia vowed to continue its air strikes in Aleppo, Kerry said Thursday that bilaterial engagement with Russia over Syria is “irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place.” “It is one of those moments where we are going to have to pursue other alternatives,” he said. Russia is backing the intensive campaign launched by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to capture Aleppo’s rebel-held...

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New York City firefighters stand near the site of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, U.S.  September 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi
Sep18

Manhattan neighborhood rocked by explosion 29 injured

By: Simon Webb Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage NEW YORK (Reuters) – An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people, authorities said, adding that they are investigating the blast as a criminal act not immediately linked to any terror organization. Mayor Bill de Blasio said early indications were that blast was intentional. He said the site of the explosion, outside on a major thoroughfare of a fashionable enclave in one of the most bustling areas of New York City, was being treated as a crime scene. But he said there was no evidence of a “credible and specific threat” to the city. “We do not see a link to...

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Sep08

“Flying while Muslim” in the skies of America

By: David Millward Source: The National BOSTON – Airlines in the United States are being accused of racial profiling and pandering to Islamophobia by ejecting a number of Muslim passengers from flights. In recent months, travellers have been turfed off because other passengers – or in some cases, cabin crew – have felt “uncomfortable” with the presence of Muslims on board. The incidents have taken place against a backdrop of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump saying he would impose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Some believe his rhetoric has fuelled the anxiety among airline passengers and crew. Last month, Niala Khalil, a...

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