Category Archives: Middle East

Iran’s detained leader Karroubi starts hunger strike

LONDON: Mehdi Karroubi, a detained Iranian opposition leader, started a hunger strike on Wednesday and wants to be put on trial rather than remain under house arrest where he has been held since 2011, his son told Reuters.The 80-year-old cleric ...

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Israel demolishes West Bank home of Palestinian

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said it has demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian man who stabbed three Israelis to death in their home at a nearby Jewish settlement last month. Omar Al-Abed, who is 19 years old, was ...

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After Jordan, Lebanon repeals ‘marry the rapist’ law

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Parliament has abolished a controversial article that allowed rapists to escape prison by marrying their victims.Wednesday’s move by the legislature follows years of campaigning against articles dealing with violence against women. The law had been in place since ...

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Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces demolished the home on Wednesday of a Palestinian who fatally stabbed three Jewish residents of a nearby settlement as tensions soared last month over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound.The military confirmed the demolition in the village of Kobar ...

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US decries ‘genocide’ of Christians, others by Daesh

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration denounced Daesh on Tuesday for carrying out “genocide” against Christians and other religious minorities in areas under its control.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the group is “clearly responsible for genocide” against Christians and Yazidis in ...

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Italy to return ambassador to Cairo

ROME: Italy said it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy.Giulio Regeni was 28 when he vanished from the streets ...

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ICC issues arrest warrant for Benghazi commander

THE HAGUE: International judges have issued a war crimes arrest warrant against a senior Libyan military commander, suspected of involvement in the deaths of 33 people in Benghazi. “The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant of arrest for Mahmoud ...

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