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Yemen's Saudi-backed government rejects UN troops in Hodeida city

Yemen's Saudi-backed government rejects UN troops in Hodeida city

Yemen's Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeida's seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country's war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said Monday. Mediator Martin Griffiths, who opened United...

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Israeli court jails Palestinian woman for 30 months

Israeli court jails Palestinian woman for 30 months

An Israeli court on Monday sentenced a Palestinian woman to 30 months in prison for an alleged stabbing attempt in the occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian NGO. The Ofer military court also ordered Israa Samih Jaber, 19, to pay a fine of 2,000 shekels ($540), the Palestinian...

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May postpones Brexit deal vote: Reports

May postpones Brexit deal vote: Reports

British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed Tuesday's vote on Brexit deal after holding an emergency conference call with her Cabinet on Tuesday, the country’s media reported. May will give a statement to the House of Commons on the European Union at 3.30 p.m. local time (1530GMT),...

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Rights group urges global response to abuse in Myanmar

Rights group urges global response to abuse in Myanmar

A London-based rights group on Monday called upon the world to reflect and respond to the ongoing human rights abuses in Myanmar. "While we celebrate the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the achievements thereafter, we must also take a...

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Iraq won’t be platform for attacking others: PM

Iraq won’t be platform for attacking others: PM

raq will never be a launching pad for attacking other countries, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Monday.  “My government will not allow turning Iraq into a hotbed for terrorism or a source of attacks on other countries,” he told a ceremony held to mark the first...

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Merkel hails adoption of UN migration pact

Merkel hails adoption of UN migration pact

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday hailed the adoption of UN migration pact, stressing that it would ensure human rights for all, including refugees and migrants. “This is a very important day. We agreed for the first time at global level on a comprehensive political compact...

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Death toll from Ebola in Congo rises to 235

Death toll from Ebola in Congo rises to 235

The death toll from Ebola has risen to 235 in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of an outbreak in late July, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the Health Ministry, among the 494 cases of reported hemorrhagic fever, 446 of them were confirmed to be...

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Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Daesh

Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Daesh

Iraq Monday celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over Daesh (ISIS), which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadic attacks. The government declared victory last December after a grueling three-year war in which tens of thousands of...

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Yemen calls for more humanitarian aid from Turkey

Yemen calls for more humanitarian aid from Turkey

Yemen is calling for more humanitarian aid and protection from Turkey, said the undersecretary of Yemen's Ministry of Local Administration. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Hasan Alsoudi said: "There is urgent need of humanitarian aid in Yemen. People in our country are now cutting trees and...

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Israel accepted to anti-illicit funding body FATF: minister

Israel accepted to anti-illicit funding body FATF: minister

Israel has been accepted as a member of a global inter-governmental body dedicated to combating money laundering and terrorism financing, a step that could help it influence policy against regional foes, the Justice Ministry said Monday. The Financial Action Task Force confirmed...

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Refugee group backs emphasis on migration causes

Refugee group backs emphasis on migration causes

The Norwegian Refugee Council says a nonbinding international deal on migration “recognizes the rising threats of disaster displacement and impacts of climate change and brings hope for the people affected.” Nina Birkeland, a spokeswoman for the group, says the text “is the first...

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Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to speak to the nation Monday at last, after increasingly violent and radicalized protests against his leadership and a long silence that aggravated the anger. Many protesters only want one thing: for him to declare “I quit.” That’s an...

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Saudis reject extraditions to Turkey over Khashoggi murder

Saudis reject extraditions to Turkey over Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Sunday rejected demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as sought by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We do not extradite our citizens," Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh at the end of a...

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All of Israel within range of our missiles: Hezbollah

All of Israel within range of our missiles: Hezbollah

Nowhere in Israel is beyond the reach of the missiles of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, said the group’s deputy secretary-general on Sunday. Naim Qassem’s remarks in an interview with Iranian daily Al-Vefagh were Hezbollah’s first reaction to Israeli claims that Hezbollah has dug tunnels...

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For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflict

For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflict

When Mazen al-Dalo took two of his young sons to see the Palestinian protests against Israel’s decade-old blockade of Gaza, he knew it could be dangerous. Rock-throwing demonstrators were being shot by Israeli soldiers, and armored Israeli jeeps were firing endless volleys of tear gas...

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At scene of South Sudan mass rape, ‘no one could hear me’

At scene of South Sudan mass rape, ‘no one could hear me’

Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns. “My body hasn’t been the same since,” the 18-year-old said. The men attacked during an...

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France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

France’s Interior Ministry says 1,220 people were taken into custody around France during the latest yellow vest protests — a roundup the scale of which the country hasn’t seen in years. Police frisked protesters Saturday at train stations around the country, confiscating...

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Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan camp shows migrant challenges

Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan camp shows migrant challenges

As Morocco prepares to host the signing of a landmark global migration agreement, hundreds of migrants are languishing in a Casablanca camp rife with hunger, misery, lice and filth. These sub-Saharan Africans who dream of going to Europe are a symbol of the problems world dignitaries...

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