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After defending Harvey Weinstein, director Oliver Stone accused of sexual assault by Playboy model

Another media mogul, director Oliver Stone, is facing allegations of sexual assault following the New York Times investigation of decades of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens came forward after Stone, unlike other high-profile industry members, defended Weinstein at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, according …

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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters. A military statement said units had taken control of the K1 military base, the Baba Gurgur oil and gas field, and a state-owned oil company’s offices. Baghdad said the Peshmerga had withdrawn “without fighting”, …

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Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

Venezuela’s opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in a weekend regional election, potentially rekindling protests and fresh foreign sanctions on the oil-rich country’s moribund economy. Venezuela’s pro-government electoral board said President Nicolas Maduro’s candidates took 17 governorships, versus six for the opposition, in …

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Drone hits commercial aircraft over Canada

It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City. “I am extremely relieved that …

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4 Moldovans dead in cargo plane crash off Ivory Coast

A cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on its approach to the international airport in Abidjan, killing four crew members from Moldova and injuring six others from Moldova and France, officials said Saturday. Ten people were aboard the plane arriving from the capital of …

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ISIS facing imminent collapse in Syria’s Raqqa

Syrian government forces and their allies on Saturday said they seized the town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold in the country’s east, in a major gain in the race for territories previously held by the militant group. The announcement came as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they were in …

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Iraqi forces demand Kurdish troops’ withdrawal from Kirkuk area

Iraqi forces have demanded that Kurdish troops withdraw from oil fields and military bases around the contested city of Kirkuk, Kurdish officials and a senior militia leader said Friday, leading to a tense standoff around the city. Kurdish peshmerga soldiers rallied to protect Kirkuk on Thursday night, as Interior Ministry …

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UAE the best managed economy in the region: IIF

The UAE is the best managed economy in the region, according to the latest regional economic outlook report from the Institute of International Finance (IIF), a Washington based association of world’s leading banks and financial institutions. “The UAE with large financial buffers (estimated at around $670 billion), safe-haven status, perfect …

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WTF: So What The Fatwa Is Going On?

By Farhana Qazi Who has the right to issue a fatwa, an Islamic ruling, is an important question that is confused by born-again scholars and unlearned authority figures. Today, there are thousands, if not millions, of Muslim scholars issuing legal edicts on wide-ranging subjects. What’s troubling is that hardliners as well …

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Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan’s Account

The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, revealed that Twitter had locked her account on Wednesday night. Rose McGowan had a hold placed on her Twitter account Wednesday night, an act that quickly sparked outrage among the many users who have …

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Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report

He repeated his complaint later in the day when reporters arrived to cover his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” Mr. Trump said. President Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power …

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The Israel Lobby

By John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has …

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