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Iran sentences French-Iranian academic to 5 years in jail Saturday, May 16th, 2020

TEHRAN, (AFP):- Iran sentenced French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah to five years in prison on national security charges Saturday, her lawyer said, adding that she plans to appeal. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced a "political" verdict and demanded Adelkhah's immediate..

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Coronavirus spreads in Yemen with health system in shambles Friday, May 15th, 2020

MAGGIE MICHAEL, CAIRO (AP):- Hundreds of people in Aden, southern Yemen’s main city, have died in the past week with symptoms of what appears to be the coronavirus, local health officials said in interviews with The Associated Press. The officials fear the situation is only going to get worse:..

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In virus-hit Iraq, shrine visits go virtual Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

NAJAF (IRAQ):- Every year, Maher al-Rubaye would marvel at the gold-leaf walls of Iraq's Imam Ali mausoleum. He still visits the shrine today -- through a screen from his living room. The spread of the new coronavirus in Iraq has prompted the closure of major mosques to visitors, including the..

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Taliban say ready to counter attacking Afghan forces

MUMBAI, (AFP):- The Taliban on Wednesday said they were ready to fight back against Afghan forces, after the president told troops to resume offensive operations following a series of horrific attacks that have further unravelled a fragile peace process. Meanwhile new details emerged of Tuesday's..

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60 years on, Israel prosecutor recalls Eichmann trial Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Jerusalem (AFP):- Days after Israel's spectacular announcement that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured and brought to Israel for trial, Gabriel Bach was given an assignment that forever changed his life. Bach was Israel's deputy state attorney when, 60 years ago this month, the..

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Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

By JOSEF FEDERMAN and TIA GOLDENBERG, JERUSALEM (AP):- Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form a new government while under indictment for corruption charges, clearing the way for him and his main rival to join together in a controversial..

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Israeli high court could determine Netanyahu’s future Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, JERUSALEM (AP):— With the fate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the line, Israel’s Supreme Court began discussions Sunday on the question of whether the embattled leader can form a new government while facing criminal indictments. The court’s decision, expected..

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Egypt director of video critical of Sisi dies in jail Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

BEIRUT, (AFP):- A young Egyptian film-maker imprisoned for directing a music video critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has died in a Cairo jail, his lawyer said Saturday. Shady Habash, 24, died in Tora prison, said lawyer Ahmed al-Khawaga, who was unable to give a cause of death. "His..

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Afghan peace process risks collapse as violence flares Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- Two months after the US and the Taliban signed a deal Washington heralded as the way to end Afghanistan's war, violence is spiralling out of control and experts say a fragile peace process risks collapse. Dozens of Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters have been dying..

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Arab doctor leads Israeli hospital’s anti-virus fight Monday, April 27th, 2020

HAIFA (ISRAEL):- Each morning since February, Israeli Arab doctor Khitam Hussein has woken up before dawn to rush to a job on the frontline of the country's fight against the novel coronavirus. Hussein, 44, has emerged as a prominent member of Israel's often marginalised Arab community which is..

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IS NEPAL FALLING INTO CHINA’S TRAP ? Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The news that Government of Nepal has unilaterally altered the border map with India has shocked many people, particularly in India, who wonder why Nepal government has..