Turkey's remaining Assyrian Christians dream of better times

A general view of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, pictured on November 19, 2014In a small village in the southeast of Turkey stand two Assyrian churches, one a thousand years old, the other modern, signs of both the region's Christian past and the determination of those who remain to bring it to life again. Seyde Bozdemir was born in the village of Elbegendi in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin. The Christian Assyrian community in Turkey, which now numbers no more than a few thousand, has been hit by wave after wave of emigration since the foundation of the modern Turkish state in 1923 out of the ruins of the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire.


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Protests across US as troops deployed in Ferguson

Thousands march in protest November 25, 2014 on the streets of Washington, DC, one day after a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, MissouriProtest marches sprang up across the United States on Tuesday, and police battled to stifle another night of unrest in Ferguson, ground zero of America's latest racially-charged riots. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night, after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in August. Windows were smashed at city hall, a police car was set on fire and protesters pelted police with rocks, bottles, chunks of concrete and a Molotov cocktail, St Louis County police said. Demonstrators also threw bottles appearing to contain urine, said county police chief Jon Belmar.


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John McCain 'Strongly Encouraging' Lindsey Graham To Consider 2016 Run

John McCain 'Strongly Encouraging' Lindsey Graham To Consider 2016 RunSen. John McCain is prodding one of his closest allies in the Senate to consider a run for the White House – Sen. Lindsey Graham.“I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it,” McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC News. “I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don’t think these challenges to our security are going away.”“He is eminently qualified,” McCain added. ...


Sudan asks UNAMID to shut human rights office in Khartoum

A UN-African Union mission to Darfur vehicle patrols in Nyala, in Sudan's Darfur, November 5, 2014The UN-African Union mission in Darfur said Sudan has asked it to close its human rights office in Khartoum, as the government accused its peacekeepers of abuses. Ties between UNAMID and the government have deteriorated over the mission's attempts to investigate reports that government troops raped 200 women and girls in the Darfur village of Tabit last month. UNAMID said it received a formal request "from the government of Sudan to close the mission's human rights office in Khartoum on November 23". The mission "has always had a liaison office" that includes a human rights section, its press department told AFP.


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