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Pope Francis, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric hold historic meeting

Pope Francis, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric hold historic meeting

Plains of Ur (Iraq):  Pope Francis and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority during an historic meeting in the holy city of Najaf. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said religious authorities have a role in protecting Iraq’s […]

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UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence: Diplomats

UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence: Diplomats

United Nations: An attempt to get U.N. Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped Friday night after objections from India, Russia and especially China, U.N. diplomats said. Three council diplomats said Ireland, which […]

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Death toll in bombing in Somalia’s capital rises to 20

Death toll in bombing in Somalia’s capital rises to 20

Nairobi: The death toll has risen to at least 20 after a vehicle packed with explosives rammed into a popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital on Friday night, with 30 wounded, the government news agency reported Saturday. The Somali National News Agency cited the Aamin ambulance service for the death toll. Police spokesman Sadiq Ali Adan […]

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Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights

Beijing: China said Thursday a cohort of astronauts is training for four crewed missions this year as the country works to complete its first permanent orbiting space station. The station’s core module, christened Tianhe, could be launched as soon as next month, according to the China National Space Administration and foreign observers. The massive Long […]

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France’s Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail

France’s Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail

Paris:  A Paris court on Monday found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence. The 66-year-old politician, who was president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted for having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in […]

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UN: Arbitrary detentions in Syria conflict may be war crimes

UN: Arbitrary detentions in Syria conflict may be war crimes

Geneva:  Tens of thousands of civilians in Syria were “arbitrarily detained” in enforced disappearances during the country’s 10-year conflict, a U.N. commission said in a report released Monday. The fate of many remains unknown to this day. Thousands more have been subjected to torture and sexual violence, offenses that can amount to war crimes, the […]

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Saudi Arabia says it intercepted missile attack over capital

Saudi Arabia says it intercepted missile attack over capital

Dubai:  Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it has blamed on Yemen’s rebel Houthis. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen’s years-long war announced the Iran-allied Houthis had launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh […]

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Fatalities feared as Myanmar police intensify use of force

Fatalities feared as Myanmar police intensify use of force

Yangon:  Security forces in Myanmar made mass arrests and appeared to use lethal force on Sunday as they intensified their efforts to break up protests a month after the military staged a coup. There were reports of gunfire as police in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to […]

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US Congress passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

US Congress passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

Washington:  The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill  in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. The new president’s vision for flushing cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19 passed on a […]

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EU sees must-not-miss chance to revive Iran nuclear deal

EU sees must-not-miss chance to revive Iran nuclear deal

Brussels:  The top European Union diplomat supervising the international agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions called Friday for a concerted effort to reinvigorate the pact even as Tehran appears to be reneging on some of its commitments. “This is an occasion that we cannot miss,” to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, […]

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