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US military might begin training Syrian rebels this spring, says Pentagon

Jan 07, 2015

US military might begin training Syrian rebels this spring, says Pentagon

The US military has made progress in its effort to identify moderate Syrian rebels to train for the fight against Islamic State militants and a U.S. training mission could begin this spring. #NewsTracker #Pentagon #US military #spring #Syrian rebels #islamic-state #Training mission
Govts turn up the heat on atheists' amid decline in religious belief

Dec 10, 2014

Govts turn up the heat on atheists' amid decline in religious belief

Global polling over the past two years showed some 13 percent of the world's population was firmly atheist, while a further 23 percent was "not religious". #Religion #NewsTracker #Russia #Turkey #Arab Spring #Blasphemy #religious beliefs #secularists #International Humanist and Ethical Union #Atheists #Theism
Arab Spring: Four years later, hope and democracy fail to find a footing

Dec 08, 2014

Arab Spring: Four years later, hope and democracy fail to find a footing

Here's a look at how the countries of the Arab Spring have fared four years after pro-democracy uprisings swept the region: #Syria #Egypt #Libya #NewsTracker #Yemen #Bahrain #Democracy #Morocco #Arab Spring #Iraq #Tunisia #revolution #Gulf States
Yemen's al Qaeda threatens US hostage in new Islamic State-like video

Dec 05, 2014

Yemen's al Qaeda threatens US hostage in new Islamic State-like video

In a video post of their own, Somers' mother and brother said Somers was "only trying to do good things for the Yemeni population" and pleaded with his captors to spare him. #US #NewsTracker #Yemen #Arab Spring #Islamic militancy #Luke Somers #Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi #al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula