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Sudan’s al-Bashir tells police to limit force against protesters

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has told the police to reduce the force used against anti-government demonstrators, as the UN called for a probe into deaths during the protests. In a meeting with top police officers in Khartoum on Sunday, al-Bashir instructed them to refrain from using excessive force against protesters. “We want to maintain security […]

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Six Iranians cross English Channel in inflatable boat from France

Six Iranian men have been found on a beach in southeastern England, according to British officials, as the number of migrants making crossings of the English Channel in small boats from France continues to rise. The United Kingdom’s Home Office said on Sunday the men had been given medical checks and turned over to immigration […]

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Israel’s Bennett and Shaked announce ‘New Right’ political party

Two Israeli ministers have announced their split from the religious-nationalist Jewish Home party and have set up a new right-wing faction that they say will be a partnership between secular and religious politicians. Naftali Bennett, the minister of education, and Ayelet Shaked, the justice minister, announced their new party, Hayemin Hehadash or New Right,  in […]

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The events that shook the Palestinian territories in 2018

Over the past year, Palestinians have experienced no respite from the Israeli occupation, let alone a breakthrough of ending it. Although no full-scale war broke out in 2018, as some had expected, it did bring a grim year of deadly violence, illegal settlement expansion and home demolitions. At least 289 Palestinians – men, women and […]

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Cyber attack disrupts newspaper distribution across US

A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major US newspapers, including ones owned by the Tribune Publishing Co. The cyber attack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The attack led to […]

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Colombia condemns ‘plot’ to kill president, arrests Venezuelans

Colombia’s foreign minister condemned an alleged plot to kill President Ivan Duque on Saturday and said three Venezuelan citizens had been arrested in possession of weapons. “With immense concern and the utmost condemnation, I want to inform the international community that, in effect, for several months, there have been intelligence probes into possible attacks against […]

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Greece child protection services ‘disjointed and inadequate’

Athens, Greece – When two children from the small, remote Greek island of Leros were taken to one of the largest paediatric hospitals in Athens for a psychological evaluation, they were about to fall prey to one of the country’s rarely talked about problems. After the siblings were examined by doctors, the youngest of the […]

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Damascus allows Iraq to hit ISIL targets in Syria: State media

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has authorised Iraqi forces to attack ISIL targets inside his country without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus, Syrian state news agency SANA said. The development comes as the two neighbours, who are also both allied with Iran, work to coordinate their fight against rival groups ahead of a planned […]

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Khashoggi murder: Book reveals ‘new details’ about killing

Almost three months after the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in his country’s consulate in Istanbul, a new book reveals further details about the murder, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported. Titled “Diplomatic Atrocity: The Dark Secrets of the Khashoggi Murder”, the book, written by two Daily Sabah journalists, purports to shed light on […]

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