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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

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** FILE ** Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammare)

Syrian President Bashar Assad fires deputy prime minister: state TV

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fired Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil for leaving the country and acting without government permission after meeting met U.S. officials in Switzerland, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Tuesday. Published October 29, 2013

This July 3, 2013 photo released by ABC shows Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." ABC is apologizing for a segment of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in which a child joked about killing Chinese to help erase the U.S. debt. The boy's unscripted comment came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events. ABC's apology came in response to a complaint from a group called 80-20, which identifies itself as a pan Asian-American political organization. (AP Photo/ABC, Randy Holmes, File)

ABC apologizes for child's joke on 'Kimmel'

ABC has apologized for a segment of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in which four children joked about killing everyone in China so the United States won't have to pay back its debt. Published October 28, 2013

A Twitter app is pictured on an iPhone screen in New York on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Kuwait upholds 10-year prison sentence for Twitter insults against Islam

A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a 10-year prison sentence against a Twitter user for comments considered offensive to Islam and the Sunni monarchies of fellow Gulf states Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, a rights activist in the country told the Associated Press. Published October 28, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves during a ceremony to mark the beginning of Tehran University's academic year on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Tehran. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Ebrahim Seyyedi)

Iran orders removal of anti-U.S. billboards in Tehran

Iranian officials have ordered the removal of billboards bearing anti-U.S. slogans that a cultural institute installed without proper consent in the Iranian capital, state-run media reported. Published October 27, 2013

FILE-- In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, Iranian female demonstrators burn a representation of U.S. flag, and a caricature of President Barack Obama, in an annual state-backed rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, commemorating 33rd anniversary of the embassy takeover by militant students. On Nov. 4, 1979, students who believed the embassy was a center of plots against Iran held 52 Americans hostages for 444 days, and the US severed formal diplomatic ties in response. In a sharp counterpoint to the Western outreach by President Hassan Rouhani’s government, hard-line factions in Iran have amplified their bluster and backlash in messages that they cannot be ignored in any diplomatic moves with Washington either in the nuclear talks or beyond. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

'Down With America' art contest offers big cash in Iran

Conservative media groups in Iran have launched a "Marg bar Amrika," or "Down With America," competition, which invites the public to submit artwork demonizing the U.S. in the most creative way possible, The Times of London reported. Published October 27, 2013