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u.s. weighs ‘zones of stability’ as part of anti-islamic state effort


washington—secretary of state rex tillerson said the u.s. will work to establish “interim zones of stability” to protect refugees in syria and iraq as the international coalition against islamic state works to retake territory from the extremist group.mr. tillerson, speaking at a conference of the 68-member coalition against islamic state, held at the state department on wednesday, said the coalition would intensify its efforts to...






tillerson pledges safe areas for refugees, more pressure on islamic state


secretary of state rex tillerson said on wednesday the united states would set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against islamic state and al qaeda.the top u.s. diplomat did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. he was addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in washington to discuss the fight to defeat islamic state in iraq and syria.“the united states will increase our pressure on isis and al qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home,” tillerson told the gathering at the state department, where the former oil executive was hosting his first major diplomatic event.although it was unclear how the zones would work, creating any safe havens coul






us to focus on 'elimination' of isil by military force | isis news


the united states will set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis) group and al-qaeda, the us secretary of state said on wednesday.top us diplomat rex tillerson did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. he was addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in washington, dc to discuss the fight to defeat isil, also known as isis."the united states will increase our pressure on isis and al-qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," tillerson told the gathering at the state department.read more: john mccain warns of 'tough decisions' on syrian kurds creating safe zones could ratche






us to focus on 'elimination' of isil by military force | isis news


the united states will set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant group and al-qaeda, the us secretary of defense said on wednesday.top us diplomat rex tillerson did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. he was addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in washington, dc to discuss the fight to defeat isil, also known as isis."the united states will increase our pressure on isis and al-qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," tillerson told the gathering at the state department.read more: john mccain warns of 'tough decisions' on syrian kurds creating safe zones could ratchet up us military involvem






us vows to step up fight against isil and al-qaeda | isis news


the united states will set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against islamic state of iraq and the levant and al-qaeda, the us secretary of defense said on wednesday.top us diplomat rex tillerson didn't make clear where these zones were to be set up. he was addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in washington dc to discuss the fight to defeat isil, also known as isis."the united states will increase our pressure on isis and al-qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," tillerson told the gathering at the state department.creating safe zones could ratchet up us military involvement in syria and mark a major departure from former president barack obama's m






us to focus on 'elimination' of isil by military force | isis news


the united states will set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant group and al-qaeda, the us secretary of defense said on wednesday.top us diplomat rex tillerson did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. he was addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in washington, dc to discuss the fight to defeat isil, also known as isis."the united states will increase our pressure on isis and al-qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," tillerson told the gathering at the state department. john mccain warns of 'tough decisions' on syrian kurds creating safe zones could ratchet up us military involvement in syr






us to focus on 'elimination' of isil by military force | isis news


the united states will set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against the islamic state of iraq and the levant group and al-qaeda, the us secretary of defense said on wednesday.top us diplomat rex tillerson did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. he was addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in washington, dc to discuss the fight to defeat isil, also known as isis."the united states will increase our pressure on isis and al-qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," tillerson told the gathering at the state department. john mccain warns of 'tough decisions' on syrian kurds creating safe zones could ratchet up us military involvement in syr






trump promises stability, few details on foreign policy


president trump delivers first speech to congress.(photo: jim lo scalzo, pool photo) 1 connectlinkedinemailmorepresident trump, in his first speech to a joint session of congress, promised tuesday night to focus his foreign policy on stability and security, emphasizing that he will lead the united states and not the world.“my job is not to represent the world. my job is to represent the united states of america,” trump said.the president, whose first week was dominated by a chaotic effort to ban immigrants from seven majority-muslim countries, promised to protect the u.s. from immigrants from countries where they cannot be properly vetted and to work with muslims against defeating the islamic state.referring to isis, he said: "we will work with muslims and our allies across the world to ex






vandals hit jewish cemetery in n.y. state, adding to anti-semitic incidents


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turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-is operation


istanbul — turkey's anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 is suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants.security forces also apprehended nine suspects who were allegedly preparing an attack in the northwestern city of izmir.anadolu di






turkish police detain over 440 people in islamic state operation – the denver po


istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run news agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants.security forces also apprehended nine suspects who were allegedly preparing an attack in the northwestern city of izmir.anadolu






us, allies seek ways to up pressure on islamic state group


washington (ap) — top officials from the 68-nation coalition fighting the islamic state group are looking to increase pressure on the group as u.s.-backed forces move closer to retaking mosul. they’re meeting on wednesday to plan the next objective in the campaign: the extremists’ self-declared capital in syria.secretary of state rex tillerson is hosting iraq’s prime minister and top diplomats from the coalition partners in washington. they’ll discuss new ideas to expand the fight against is and prepare for the aftermath of its defeat.but they’re unlikely to develop a new overall strategy. the trump administration is still refining its anti-islamic state approach, which will include some increase in u.s. military involvement.






turkish police detain over 420 people in anti-is operation


istanbul — turkey's state-run agency says anti-terrorism police have detained over 420 people over alleged links to the islamic state group.the anadolu agency says sunday that 60 is suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody in the capital, ankara. it says a total of 423 people were detained in simultaneous police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants.turkey, which endured a failed coup attempt and dozens of bloody attacks linked to is or kurdish militants in 2016, has been stepping up its anti-terroris






twin suicide bombing kills 26 at a wedding north of baghdad


a twin suicide bombing struck a village wedding north of baghdad as the wedding party gathered in the evening hours, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens, a government spokesman said thursday.the attack, which took place late wednesday, began when one suicide bomber wearing an explosives-laden belt walked into the wedding party assembled in an open area in hajaj, near the city of tikrit, about 80 miles from baghdad.the bomber detonated his explosives, only to be followed by the second attacker who blew himself up when people had gathered to help the victims of the first explosion, provincial spokesman ali hamdani told the associated press. he said 26 people were killed, most of them children, and up to 67 were wounded.there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack






u.s. to host 68-nation anti-islamic state conference


the united states will host the first major meeting since 2014 of a 68-nation coalition formed to fight islamic state, administration officials announced thursday. the conference is set for march 22-23, and the u.s. contingent will be led by secretary of state rex tillerson, in a rare high-profile role. the meeting will underscore that the u.s. considers "the complete defeat" of islamic state its "top priority in the middle east," state department spokesman mark toner said in making the announcement. most nations will be represented by their foreign ministers, as well as some military commanders, toner said. "it's an opportunity for secretary tillerson to lay out the challenges that are facing the coalition moving forward," he said. toner said there has been progress in beating back islami






turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-is operation


istanbul (ap) — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state group, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 is suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.it said a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects from multiple addresses and found materials relating to islamic state militants.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.security forces also apprehended nine suspects who were allegedly p






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






in mosul, residents rebuild as iraqi forces fight islamic state


mosul, iraq—ibrahim akram carried a 3-foot hookah pipe down a bombed-out street recently in the part of mosul recaptured from islamic state by iraqi forces, basking in the freedom to enjoy a smoking habit that drew beatings from the extremists.as mr. akram, who is 20, stopped to join a group of friends, an iraqi helicopter in the sky behind him let loose a volley of rocket fire at islamic state targets across the tigris river, where...






turkey detains over 440 people in anti-islamic state operation


turkish anti-terrorism police break a door during an operation to arrest people over alleged links to the islamic state, in adiyaman, southeastern turkey, on feb. 5, 2017.(p o: mahir alan, ap)istanbul — turkey’s anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the islamic state, the state-run agency reported sunday.the anadolu agency said 60 islamic state suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early sunday in the capital, ankara.a total of 445 people were detained in simultaneous pre-dawn police operations that spanned several cities, including istanbul and gaziantep, near the border with syria, the news agency said.the largest operation was in the southeast province of sanliurfa, where police took into custody more than 100 suspects






utah liquor bill would swap ‘zion curtains’ for buffer zones


salt lake city (ap) — a utah lawmaker introduced a proposal monday allowing restaurants to get rid of barriers known as “zion curtains” that are designed to visually obscure the making of drinks. but in exchange, they’d be required to install a buffer zone around bars or areas where drinks are prepared.the buffer zones would have to be 10 feet from the rest of the dining room or a waiting area and walled off and be off limits to anyone under 21 years old. restaurants would have to scan the ids of customers who want to sit in that area, though customers over 21 could still consume alcohol if they’re seated in the dining room or dispensing area.restaurants that choose not to build a buffer area would instead have to keep or build zion curtains, which are a reference to utah’s teetotaler morm






european parliament lifts immunity from french far-right leader over gruesome tw


the european parliament voted thursday to lift the immunity from prosecution for french far-right leader marine le pen for tweeting gruesome images of islamic state violence, a crime that carries up to three years in prison in france.the legislature voted by a broad majority in brussels to clear the way for the possible prosecution of le pen over tweets she made in december 2015 showing executions, including the killing of american reporter james foley by islamic state extremists.french prosecutors in the city of nanterre had asked lawmakers to lift the immunity that le pen enjoys as a member of the european parliament.le pen, a leading candidate in this year's french presidential election, posted her tweets in response to a journalist who drew an analogy between her anti-immigration natio






austrian swat units detain 5 in islamic extremist probe


vienna — austrian law-enforcement officials say police have detained five people suspected of radical islamic sentiments or activities.austrian anti-terror official roland scherscher says they were taken into custody by swat units in the city of st. poelten, west of vienna, in several separate raids. all are around 20 years old.state prosecutor karl wurzer said the five were arrested monday in connection with an investigation into islamic extremism. he gave no details.the five are not being identified in accordance with austrian privacy laws.






pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat islamic state to white house


a pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat islamic state has been delivered to the white house and u.s. defense secretary jim mattis will brief senior administration officials later on monday, a defense department spokesman told reporters.pentagon spokesman captain jeff davis told reporters that it was the framework for a broader plan and looked at islamic state around the world, not just iraq and syria.davis said the plan would define what defeating islamic state meant and was one that would rapidly defeat the militant group.he added that mattis would discuss the plan, which is primarily a written one with accompanying graphics, with members of the cabinet-level principals committee on monday afternoon.the review of u.s. strategy comes at a decisive moment in the u.s.-led coalition effort






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ad says us troops welcome in syria to fight 'terrorism'


beirut — syrian president bashar ad said in an interview released on friday that the united states is welcome to join the battle against "terrorists" in syria — as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country's sovereignty.speaking with yahoo news, ad said he has not had any communication — direct or indirect — with president donald trump or any official form the new u.s. administration.but the syrian leader appeared to make a gesture to the new u.s. president in the interview, saying he welcomes trump's declaration that he will make it a priority to fight terrorism — a goal ad said he also shares.however, ad's government has labelled all armed opposition to his rule — including the u.s.-backed rebels — as "terrorists.""we agree about this priority," ad said of






nato to start training officers in iraq


brussels—the north atlantic treaty organization will begin its training effort in iraq on sunday, as the alliance looks to step up its efforts to ist in the fight against islamic state, according to nato’s secretary-general. the effort to train iraqi soldiers in how to better counter the threat of improvised explosive devices inside iraq will be small at first, but nato secretary-general jens stoltenberg said it is an effort that...






14 killed in algerian army anti-extremist operation


algiers, algeria — algeria's government says military forces have killed 14 suspected extremists in an ongoing operation in one of the country's last islamic militant holdouts.the defense ministry said in a statement that nine were killed friday and five others wednesday around bouira, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital, algiers. security forces found three semi-automatic rifles, five pistols and munitions in accompanying raids.it said the operation was still underway friday as an effort to "bring to an end these criminal groups and the plague of terrorism in our country."algeria's government has been cracking down on extremist fighters believed to be linked to the islamic state group, which has tried to expand in algeria, and al-qaida's algeria-based north africa branch.






in a first, emirati foreign minister defends trump visa ban


abu dhabi, united arab emirates — the united arab emirates' top diplomat on wednesday e out in defense of president donald trump's order temporarily barring citizens from seven muslim-majority countries from entering the united states.the comments by sheikh abdullah bin zayed al nahyan, the gulf federation's foreign minister, could help bolster the administration's ertion that the directive was not intended as a ban against muslims.the uae minister said the u.s. was within its rights to take what he said was a "sovereign decision" concerning immigration — the first such remarks in support of trump's move from the gulf arab region.sheikh abdullah also voiced faith in the american administration's urances that the move was not based on religion, and noted that most of the world's muslim-majo






texas house ethics chair probes anti-abortion group contract


austin, texas — texas health officials say they're taking a closer look at an anti-abortion group that received $1.6 million to bolster women's health clinics but has fallen short of promises.the republican chairwoman of the state's house general investigating and ethics committee is also demanding answers after the associated press reported this week that the heidi group has little to show for its efforts after eight months.republican state rep. sarah davis on thursday grilled state officials about the contract during a hearing in the texas capitol.the heidi group is led by a prominent anti-abortion opponent and received taxpayer funds last summer to help clinics attract more low-income patients. it's part of a broader republican-led effort in texas to give women alternatives to planned p






russia: syria safety zones need to be agreed with damascus


moscow — russia's foreign minister says moscow is open for dialogue with the united states on safety zones in syria, noting that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the syrian government.sergey lavrov said wednesday he had briefly discussed the issue with u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson when they met in germany last week.president donald trump has floated safe zones as a substitute for resettling refugees in the united states and elsewhere around the globe.lavrov noted that russia will wait for the u.s. to clarify its position. he said "any such initiatives concerning the territory of syria need to be coordinated with the syrian government."he added that moscow stands ready to discuss this and other proposals regarding possible u.s.-russian cooperation in syria.






nato to start training soldiers in iraq


brussels—the north atlantic treaty organization will begin its training effort in iraq on sunday, as the alliance looks to step up its efforts to ist in the fight against islamic state, according to nato’s secretary-general. the effort to train iraqi soldiers in how to better counter the threat of improvised explosive devices inside iraq will be small at first, but nato secretary-general jens stoltenberg said it is an effort that...






after orlando shooting, florida republicans want to eliminate gun-free zones


in the aftermath of the deadly orlando nightclub and fort lauderdale airport shootings, two republican lawmakers in florida are pushing to eradicate the sunshine state’s “gun-free zones” in a move that would put more guns in public areas. sen. dennis baxley, of ocala, and rep. don hahnfeldt, of the villages, want to allow people with concealed…






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syria opposition on same tack as us on terrorism, iran


geneva (ap) — a top syrian opposition leader hopes to persuade the new administration of u.s. president donald trump that rebels fighting to topple president bashar al-assad share the same priorities with washington when it comes to fighting the islamic state group and containing iran.nasr al-hariri, head of the negotiating team of the main opposition delegation in geneva, also expressed support for the establishment of safe zones in the war-torn nation as the united nations makes a fresh bid to settle the conflict.speaking on saturday in an exclusive interview with the associated press, al-hariri said members of trump’s team held multiple meetings with the syrian opposition, which is backed by turkey and saudi arabia, before and after he was elected to office with the purpose of finding c






icloud is one of apple’s biggest challenges in 2017


apple is fond of talking about its secret sauce, about the things only it can do because of its unprecedented combination of hardware, software, and services. but for all that it has been very successful with its strategy of making the whole widget, from soup to nuts, it’s pretty clear that all three of those areas aren’t exactly on equal footing. hardware, sure. the company’s been making computers since the late ’70s, and it’s never seriously moved away from that—let’s not talk about the awkward fumbling of the clone years. likewise its software, which has gone from revolutionary operating system to also-ran back around to venerable and respected veteran of the computer industry. but then there’s services. services have and continue to be a weak spot for the company, and its biggest chall