US pushes Russia on 'true' Syria peace deal


Geneva (AFP) – The US pressed Russia on Thursday for a “true cessation of hostilities” in Syria ahead of expected high-level peace talks in Geneva, warning that its patience is running thin. Foreign ministers from the two powers, which support opposite sides in the five-year conflict, were poised to hold a “personal meeting” in the Swiss city to push for ...

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Healthy Lunches For Dellwood Middle School


September has been declared National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center [LHMC] will sponsor the creation and delivery of 280 healthy lunches for the students at Dellwood Middle School on Tuesday, September 13th. Lahey said, “In July of 2015, Jeanne Atherden, Minister of Health, Seniors, and Environment, advised the House of Assembly that nearly 75 percent ...

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Masjid Muhammad Remembers Muhammad Ali


Following the passing of Muhummad Ali on June 3, Imam Basim Muwwakkill and the members of Bermuda’s Masjid Muhammad have paid tribute to a man they said was “more than a legendary boxer, he was a man who was committed to fighting injustice.” A spokesperson said, “While it is with great sadness to hear the passing of our dearly beloved ...

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'Mole?': Abbas dismisses claim he was Soviet agent


Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli researchers say they have uncovered a document showing Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was a Soviet agent in the 1980s, but his office called it a smear campaign and pointed to suspicious timing. The claim first emerged in a report by Israeli public television on Wednesday night citing two researchers studying documents from the so-called Mitrokhin papers ...

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Damage A Video Forward Can Do


Just what damage can a video forward on social media do? A school in Bellary can probably answer that best. Over the past week, Nandi International School in Bellary, about 300 kilometres north of Bangalore, has had visits from the local police and the block education office. It has had scores of Google reviews from people slamming it with abuses. ...

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Kurdish role a sticking point as U.S., Turkey discuss Raqqa operation


By Phil Stewart LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey supports a planned operation to drive Islamic State out of its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa but U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters should not be at the core of it, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday. Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria just over two weeks ago. Washington has said ...

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Turkey allows German lawmakers' trip to Incirlik air base


BERLIN (Reuters) – Turkey has agreed to allow German lawmakers to visit soldiers stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in October, signaling some progress in easing strains between the two NATO allies, Germany’s Foreign Minister said on Thursday. Turkey had banned German lawmakers from visiting the base in response to a parliamentary resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians ...

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Britain, EU must work together for smooth divorce: PM May


By Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union must work together to make their divorce smooth and forge a new “strong relationship”, Prime Minister Theresa May told European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday. At their first one-to-one meeting since May became prime minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union at a ...

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Kazakh leader reshuffles cabinet, changes security bosses


ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev started reshuffling his government on Thursday, a maneuver which could shed light on succession plans in the oil-rich Central Asian nation. The reshuffle follows a leadership change in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan’s neighbor and another former member of the Soviet Union, where Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev looked set to take over after the death of ...

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