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Fighting Between Azerbaijan and Armenia Flares Up in Nagorno-Karabakh

MOSCOW — Heavy fighting broke out Saturday in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian separatist enclave in Azerbaijan and a longtime ethnic tinderbox in the South Caucasus region. As the fighting escalated through the day it was unclear whether the use of tanks, artillery and aircraft was merely a flare-up in a long conflict or the start of a new phase in the ...

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Dirty Old Men of Pakistan

Photo Credit Insiya Syed/Reuters Karachi, Pakistan — IN the world we live in, there is no dearth of pious men who believe that most of the world’s problems can be fixed by giving their women a little thrashing. And this business of a man’s God-given right to give a woman a little thrashing has brought together all of Pakistan’s pious ...

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World Briefing: Cameron Rules Out Nationalization of Britain’s Struggling Steel Industry

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain emerged from an emergency cabinet meeting on Thursday to say that the government would do all it could to preserve the British steel industry but that nationalization was not an option. Emphasizing the severity of the situation, Mr. Cameron warned that “there can be no guarantees of success because of the problems ...

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U.N. Urges Countries to Take in 480,000 Syrian Refugees

Photo The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, center, met with Syrian refugees during his visit last week to a camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Credit Aziz Taher/Reuters GENEVA — The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday exhorted countries around the world to step up to their responsibilities and take in half a million Syrian refugees, ...

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ISIS Fighters Laid Mines Around Palmyra’s Ancient Ruins Before Retreating, Syrians Say

Slide Show A Strategic Prize CreditMaher Al Mounes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The Syrian forces that recaptured the storied city of Palmyra from Islamic State occupiers this past weekend have encountered dozens of mines that the expelled militants laid as booby traps around treasured ancient ruins sites, Syria’s state media reported Tuesday. Accounts of the Palmyra victory published by the ...

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If All Else Fails, 3D Models and Robots Might Rebuild Sites

Video Recreating a Monument Razed by ISIS A team hoping to reproduce a historic arch destroyed by the Islamic State in Palmyra, Syria, tests its system of using a 3D computer model to carve a replica from marble. By THE INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGY AND TOR ART on Publish Date March 28, 2016. Cultural organizations have been working to create ...

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French Journalist Is Detained at U.N. War Crimes Tribunal

Photo Florence Hartmann was arrested on Thursday, before the genocide verdict against Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, was given. Credit Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/European Pressphoto Agency THE HAGUE — Shortly before the announcement of a genocide verdict on Thursday for Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, security guards at the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former ...

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Reporter’s Notebook: With Obama Visit to Cuba, Old Battle Lines Fade

Communism vs. Capitalism Many Cubans see technology and affordable Internet access as one of, if not the, most important priorities for their country. In his speech on Tuesday, Mr. Obama told them, “The Internet should be available across the island so that Cubans can connect to the wider world and to one of the greatest engines of growth in human ...

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