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Exclusive – Seized documents reveal Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’

Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

WASHINGTON – Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas. The hierarchical bureaucracy, including petty rivalries between officials, and legal codes in the form of religious fatwas are ...

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OPEC points to larger 2016 oil surplus as group’s output hits multi-year high

The logo of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is pictured at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

LONDON – OPEC pumped more oil in November than in any month since late 2008 and forecast little increase in demand for its crude next year, pointing to a larger supply surplus even as low prices hurt rival producers. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in a report also forecast supply from non-member countries will fall more sharply next ...

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‘No gas imports from Israel; not now, not later’


AMMAN — Jordan neither imports natural gas from Israel nor plans to do so, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Saif said on Tuesday. In response to a question by MP Rula Hroub during Tuesday’s Lower House oversight session, Saif said the issue of importing natural gas from Israel “was halted and the deal with the American company shelved”. ...

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Putin calls for broad international anti-terror front

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Putin says Russian military in Syria has been fighting for Russia's security. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for “one powerful fist” to fight terrorism, hinted at more sanctions against Turkey and accused Western powers of creating “a zone of chaos.” Speaking in his state-of-the-nation address televised live, Putin called for an end to what he called double standards that hampered uniting global efforts in fighting terrorism. Without naming the United States, ...

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Editorail: Defeating Islamic State — without a U.S. invasion

When President Obama announced an international campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State last year, the organization was primarily a regional threat, inflicting its savagery on the people of Iraq and Syria and on hostages from other countries who were captured in the Middle East. But the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and the downing of ...

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