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Iraqi court sentences 6 to death over 2015 bombing

Iraqi court sentences 6 to death over 2015 bombing

An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced six people to death over a deadly car bombing that killed scores in the eastern Diyala province in 2015. The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted a marketplace in the province, killing 115 people and injuring...

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Rights groups call for UN action on Egypt 'reprisals'

Rights groups call for UN action on Egypt 'reprisals'

Rights groups Wednesday called for a "robust" response to a U.N. expert's allegations that people she met during a visit to Egypt faced harassment, intimidation and other reprisals afterward. A statement signed by six organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International...

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UN pushes for truce and aid at Yemen talks

UN pushes for truce and aid at Yemen talks

With 24 hours left before the scheduled close of U.N.-brokered talks on Yemen, mediators pushed Wednesday for a truce between warring parties as a crucial step to allowing aid deliveries. Mediators are seeking a deescalation of violence in two flashpoint cities: rebel-held Hodeida, a...

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Palestinian child dies of wounds after border clash: Gaza ministry

Palestinian child dies of wounds after border clash: Gaza ministry

A 4-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being injured during clashes between the Israeli army and protesters along the Gaza border, the Health Ministry in Gaza said. "Ahmed Abu Abed, aged four years and eight months, died as a result of the wounds he received last Friday east of...

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Egypt releases prominent activist blogger

Egypt releases prominent activist blogger

Egyptian authorities have released a prominent activist and blogger who had criticized the government after more than seven months of detention. Lawyer Gamal Eid says his client, Wael Abbas, was freed late Tuesday, more than a week after a court ordered his conditional release. Eid says...

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Tunisia's truth commission wraps up 4-year mission

Tunisia's truth commission wraps up 4-year mission

After four years working "under fire" and interviewing almost 50,000 witnesses, Tunisia's commission tasked with serving justice to victims of half a century of dictatorship is poised to submit its recommendations. Set up in 2014 following the 2011 revolution and in the wake of dictator...

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UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen

UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen

More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council. The Gulf monarchies and United States accuse Iran of supporting Huthi rebels in Yemen -- and see this as justification for the military campaign...

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Four people killed in terrorist attack in France: Interior Minister

Four people killed in terrorist attack in France: Interior Minister

At least four people were killed and 11 people were wounded in a shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday, Interior Ministry said. France's counter-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation into the shooting. The gunman has been identified by the...

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Khashoggi, jailed journalists named Time's 'Person of the Year'

Khashoggi, jailed journalists named Time's 'Person of the Year'

Time magazine on Tuesday named a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters journalists imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as its “Person of the Year,” in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” The honor went to a...

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Medellin tourist trail pays tribute to Escobar victims

Medellin tourist trail pays tribute to Escobar victims

The abandoned building where Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar lived will be covered in posters paying tribute to the victims of his Medellin Cartel before it is torn down next year. The exhibition is part of a move by municipal authorities to tell the other side of Escobar's story --...

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France counts costs of protests, new measures: $11B

France counts costs of protests, new measures: $11B

Tax relief and other fiscal measures announced by French President Emmanuel Macron to try to calm nationwide protests will cost 10 billion euros ($11 billion), the government said Tuesday. In parliament, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe went to bat for Macron's measures, calling them...

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Israel: 3rd Hezbollah tunnel found on Lebanon border

Israel: 3rd Hezbollah tunnel found on Lebanon border

Israeli army on Tuesday announced it had discovered a third tunnel leading into Israeli territory from southern Lebanon, according to a military statement. “The attack tunnel is under the IDF's control and does not pose an imminent threat,” the Israeli army said.  The...

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Child malnutrition worsened in insurgency-hit Nigeria

Child malnutrition worsened in insurgency-hit Nigeria

Apart from having the world’s largest mortality rate of under-fives, a UNICEF nutrition expert said Nigeria now has at least 35 million severely malnourished children. UNICEF nutrition experts say the crisis is most prevalent in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe -- the three states in the...

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Iran says it recently tested a ballistic missile

Iran says it recently tested a ballistic missile

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Tuesday that Iran had recently carried out a ballistic missile test but he did not specify what kind of missile had been tested, according to Fars News. The comment appeared to confirm a report by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said...

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Theresa May to visit Germany for crisis Brexit talks

Theresa May to visit Germany for crisis Brexit talks

Germany’s chancellor will host Britain’s prime minister Tuesday in Berlin to discuss the latest developments on Brexit, her office said. “Upon a request from the British side, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday at 13:00 hours,”...

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Hebron

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Hebron

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces near the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry. Omar Awawdeh, 27, was shot in his back by Israeli forces and rushed to hospital in a serious condition, the ministry said in a statement. “He soon...

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Israeli army storms Palestinian news agency office

Israeli army storms Palestinian news agency office

Israeli army on Monday stormed the headquarters of Palestine's official news agency Wafa, eye witnesses said. An Israeli military official in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah held journalists inside a room of the building and fired tear gas canisters at them. Clashes...

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Turkey calls for justice for Khashoggi killing under international law

Turkey calls for justice for Khashoggi killing under international law

Turkey said Monday the world should seek justice for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under international law after Riyadh ruled out extraditing two senior Saudi officials who Turkish officials suspect planned his killing in Istanbul. Fahrettin Altun, director of communications at...

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