Taliban battle Afghan forces at Helmand's Camp Bastion
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants have launched an offensive against Afghan forces at Camp Bastion, the huge base in southern Helmand province vacated by the British military a month ago, officials said.

Why Boko Haram attacks Muslims
The devastating attack on the Grand Mosque in Kano, Nigeria was almost certainly the work of Boko Haram. Why are they attacking Muslims at prayer?

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European lawmakers back Google break-up

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google in a largely symbolic voteThe European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google on Thursday in a largely symbolic vote that nevertheless cast another blow in the four-year standoff between Brussels and the US Internet giant. In a direct challenge to Google, MEPs assembled in Strasbourg approved a resolution calling on the EU to consider ordering search engines to separate their commercial services from their businesses. While Google is not directly mentioned in the proposal, the California-based search engine is clearly the target. The European Parliament has no power to launch the break-up of Google, but the move, introduced by two senior lawmakers, is a further indication that the mood towards the company in Europe has soured.


Taliban kill five in Kabul in attacks on British embassy car, foreign compound
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city centre in the evening, officials and witnesses said.






Official Christmas tree arrives at White House

First lady Michelle Obama, center, waves to the press after welcoming the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. This year’s White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is a White Fir grown by Chris Botek, right, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Penn. Sasha Obama, left, and dogs Sunny and Bo, also participated. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House now that the official tree has arrived.


Inside Kobani: Devastation Mixed With Optimism
INSIDE KOBANI: A devastated town as fighting against Islamic State militants turns corner

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