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Senior ISIS Strategist and Spokesman Is Reported Killed in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Islamic State’s spokesman and overseer of external terrorist operations, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, was killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the group’s news outlet reported on Tuesday. A founding member of the group, Mr. Adnani, a 39-year-old Syrian, was its chief propagandist, running an operation that put out slickly produced videos of beheadings and massacres that ...

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Cairo Journal: Coffee, Bikini Waxes, X-Rays: Almost Anything Can Be Sent to Homes in Cairo

Photo Islam Sabry delivered specialty bread last week in Cairo. Here, almost anything can be delivered to consumers’ homes. Credit David Degner for The New York Times CAIRO — When it comes to home delivery and services, Cairo has most other places beat. Suffering from a hangover and perhaps some regrets? Costa Coffee will send around a single shot of ...

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Israel Joins Bikini Fray, Ordering Concert Singer to Cover Up

TEL AVIV — Even as France has started an international debate about whether some women cover up too much on the beach, Israel has gone the other way, with fresh concerns about whether some cover up too little. The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport said on Sunday that it would insist on modest dress by performers at government-sponsored musical ...

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Residents Abandon Daraya as Government Seizes a Symbol of Syria’s Rebellion

Photo An image provided by the Syrian antigovernment group Local Council of Daraya City showed residents gathered with their belongings as they prepared to evacuate from Daraya on Friday. Credit Local Council of Daraya City, via Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of rebel fighters and their families left a long-besieged suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Friday, under ...

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The Interpreter: Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse

Fear of defeat entrenches the status quo Stalemate is also driven by uncertainty. No one is sure what a postwar Syria would look like or how to get there, but everyone can imagine a worse situation. This creates a status quo bias, in which combatants are more worried about preserving what they have than risking it to pursue their broader ...

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Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

“One day you find oil, and the world is coming to you,” Professor Ahmed said. “God has given you the ability to take your version of Islam to the world.” Continue reading the main story In 1964, when King Faisal ascended the throne, he embraced the obligation of spreading Islam. A modernizer in many respects, with close ties to the ...

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Colombia and FARC Announce Deal to End the Americas’ Longest War

Photo A group of Colombian rebels scanning the sky for government aircraft in May. Credit Federico Rios/Native Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict, the two sides announced Wednesday, paving the way for an end to the longest-running war in the Americas. For four years, ...

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Powerful Earthquakes in Italy Kill Dozens and Shatter Towns

AMATRICE, Italy — Strong earthquakes struck a mountainous stretch of central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 38 people, trapping scores under debris and setting off tremors that awakened residents in Rome, nearly 100 miles to the southwest. The first, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, struck at 3:36 a.m., about 6.5 miles southeast of the town of Norcia in the Umbria region, ...

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