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Ottoman prince visits former realm

ISTANBUL: It's not every day Turkish comedy fans get to laugh at a descendant of the sultan. "I've got this fancy title but don't have the riches," said Naz Osmanoglu, a British comedian and member of Turkey's former ruling family, at his first-ever gig in Turkey last week. "My granddad was born in Dolmabahce (Palace) in a golden crib. Now I'm paying 30 lira to see it," he told the audience in a middle-class English accent at the first of three stand-up performances in Istanbul. Not much about Osmanoglu, whose full name…

Syria fighters hail declaration of Islamic ‘caliphate’

BEIRUT: Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighboring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. The Islamic State says it wants to erase national boundaries…

After Iraq gains, ISIS declares itself Islamic ‘caliphate’

BEIRUT:  An offshoot of al Qaeda which has seized territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on Islamist websites and Twitter said on Sunday. The move poses a direct challenge to the central leadership of al Qaeda, which has disowned it, and to conservative Gulf Arab rulers who already view the group as a security threat. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also known as…