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  • BreakingIsrael soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing Palestinian, sparking criticism
    Defence lawyers announced an appeal and right-wing Israeli ministers immediately called for a pardon, while the Palestinian government and the victim's family condemned the sentence as too lenient.Judge Maya Heller handed down the sentence a month af…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 3:31pm -
  • BreakingIS and Boko Haram won't be defeated unless corruption tackled, says NGO
    Corrupt practices in states such as Nigeria, Libya and Iraq are providing fertile ground for extremists, the NGO's British branch said in a report."Corruption is the most powerful weapon in the armoury of violent extremism," it said in a 44-page repo…
    - 11 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 12:56pm -
  • BreakingLibya trial of Kadhafi cadres seriously flawed, says UN
    Libya has been riven by violence and lawlessness since Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed revolt in 2011, and his son Seif al-Islam and 36 former regime officials are on trial for crimes including human rights violations.The report by th…
    - 11 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 12:30pm -
  • Where does Syria's opposition stand ahead of new talks?
    Since the delegations last gathered in Switzerland in April 2016, rebels have lost their bastion in east Aleppo and seen a new partnership form between their main ally Turkey and government backer Russia.Where does the opposition stand?
    - 13 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:32am -
  • US-led coalition expects to stay in Iraq after Mosul
    "I don't anticipate that we will be asked to leave by the government of Iraq immediately after Mosul," Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said.The US commander was speaking at a press conference in Baghdad wrapping up a brief visit by the new Pentag…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Feb 17, 3:41pm -
  • In Lebanon, avant-garde mosque to preach coexistence
    After all, despite practising a faith that is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Druze do not worship at mosques, and the building strays far from the traditional rendering of a Muslim prayer house.But the Amir Shakib Arslan mosque is intended to make…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Israeli ministers remain optimistic on Trump
    Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Israel now had "an opportunity to create together with the administration the conditions for serious peace negotiations by changing the basic approach of the international community"."Until today the Palestin…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Feb 17, 2:46pm -
  • British Museum training Iraqi experts to save Mosul heritage
    One of the world's leading institutions for the study of ancient Iraq, the London museum has been training Iraqi experts for the past year in high-tech methods to preserve and document their history."Once the city is liberated, there will be an enorm…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Feb 17, 1:58pm -
  • IS rapes and tortures Sunni Arab women too, says rights watchdog
    The watchdog documented cases of arbitrary detentions, beatings, forced marriages and rape by the jihadists on women who have fled the town of Hawijah, which is still under IS control.HRW recounted the story of Hanan, a 26-year-old whose husband had…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 7:05am -
  • Global arms trade highest since Cold War
    Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday.Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania a…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Feb 17, 11:11pm -

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  • BreakingSouth Sudan Promises Free Access for All Aid Workers
    Responding to the U.N. declaration that famine in South Sudan has been aggravated by the conflict there between government and rebel forces, President Salva Kiir pledged Tuesday that aid workers would have free access to civilians throughout the coun…
    - 28 mins ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:59pm -
  • BreakingUS Supreme Court Weighs Foreigners' Rights to File Lawsuit in American Courts
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared evenly divided on the right of Mexican parents to file a lawsuit in American courts against a U.S. border agent who killed their teenage son by firing a shot across the U.S.-Mexican border.Justice Anthony…
    - 35 mins ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:52pm -
  • BreakingLet Your Phone Pay for Your Car's Fuel
    Autonomous automobiles aren't taking over American highways yet, but automation is becoming a bigger part of the driving experience.A mobile phone app called Shell allows drivers to pay for a fill-up of gasoline from their in-car touchscreens. No…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:06pm -
  • BreakingWhite House on Trump Battle with Media: Respect Is a 'Two-way Street'
    The White House press secretary on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump for labeling the press the "enemy of the American people" and accused some news organizations of purposely reporting biased, inaccurate information.At the daily press brief…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 9:48pm -
  • BreakingSweden — Not Perfect, But Not Trump's Immigrant-crime Nightmare
    Bemused Swedes have been defending their record as a low-crime society in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's speech in Florida last week in which he appeared to refer to a terrorist attack in Sweden that did not happen.Trump later said he w…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 9:17pm -
  • BreakingUN Boosts Aid for Ethiopia, Somalia to Head Off Famine
    U.N. aid agencies are appealing to international donors to provide money to scale up lifesaving operations in drought-stricken Ethiopia and Somalia, where millions of hungry people are at risk of death and illness.  Five years after a devastating…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:52pm -
  • BreakingMilo Yiannopoulos Resigns as Editor of Breitbart Tech
    Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech after coming under fire from other conservatives over comments on sexual relationships between boys and older men.On Monday, he was disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Confer…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:39pm -
  • BreakingStudy: Teen Suicide Attempts Fall After Same-sex Marriage Made Legal
    Suicide attempts among teens, particularly those who are gay, lesbian and bisexual, declined in states that legalized same-sex marriage, according to a new study.Writing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg S…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:35pm -
  • BreakingLocal Charity Feeds Nairobi's Homeless
    There are an estimated 60,000 people living on the streets of Kenya's capital.  Three years ago a local teacher decided to offer a meal to some homeless people, and today his impulse has grown into a charity that feeds hundreds every day and has sen…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:30pm -
  • BreakingSocialist Minister Might Back Centrist in French Presidential Election
    A senior Socialist minister said Tuesday that he might back centrist Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election, which could help Macron as he battles to maintain his campaign's momentum.The pronouncement by Agriculture Minister Stephane Le…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:23pm -
  • BreakingHollywood Actor Jamie Foxx Target of Racial Slur in Croatia
    Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx in a restaurant.Police said they acted after receiving reports Sunday of "particularly arrogant and rude…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:13pm -
  • BreakingGermany Suggests EU Ease Rules to Deport Asylum Seekers
    German officials have proposed that the European Union relax some human rights safeguards so that more asylum seekers can be deported while awaiting the outcome of their cases, according to a working paper seen by Reuters.The paper is among many u…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:08pm -
  • BreakingTrial of Libyan Gadhafi Regime Members Found Flawed
    The trial in Libya of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of former strongman Moammar Gadhafi and 36 other members of his regime, failed to live up to international standards of fairness, a United Nations report said Tuesday. The trial was a major eff…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:04pm -
  • BreakingLawyer: Portugal to Extradite Ex-CIA Agent to Italian Jail
    A former CIA agent will be handed over to Italy in the coming days to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, a lawyer said Tuesday.Sabrina de Sousa spent…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 7:43pm -
  • BreakingWorld Must Do More to Protect Children From Conflict, Officials Warn
    The French government and UNICEF are urging the international community to step up protection of children living in and fleeing armed conflict that affects tens of millions of youngsters.Tuesday’s conference was a chance to take stock of progres…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 7:40pm -
  • BreakingFebruary 21, 2017
    A look at the best news photos from around the world.
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 7:39pm -
  • BreakingTurkish President Resurrects Death Penalty Issue
    Protesters chant, “We want the death penalty|," as 40 soldiers are led into an Ankara court. The soldiers are accused of trying to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup in July, in which more than 250 people were killed.…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 7:03pm -
  • BreakingMattis Welcomes Naming of Trump's Top Security Adviser, Pentagon Says
    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomed the naming of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as the new national security adviser, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named McMaster as his new nationa…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 6:46pm -
  • BreakingHaley: US Committed to European Allies
    U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that the United States is committed to working with European allies, despite occasional disagreements.“At the end of the day, no one should misinterpret occasional policy differen…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 6:45pm -
  • BreakingEU Marks Zimbabwe President Mugabe's 93rd Birthday With Renewed Sanctions
    The world’s oldest leader, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, turns 93 Tuesday. The European Union marked the occasion by renewing sanctions against the president and members of his government.Zimbabwe state media broadcast the first part of i…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 6:37pm -