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Iran orders probe into acid attacks on women

Iran’s judiciary chief has tasked his deputy with leading a probe into several acid attacks on women that have sown fear across the Islamic republic and provoked rare protests in cities. At least four women had acid hurled at them earlier this month. According to reports on social media, the[…]

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Israel plans 1,000 settler homes in Jerusalem

The Israeli government has said that it is advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem that Palestinians want to be part of their future state. A government official said on Monday that plans include building infrastructure in the occupied West Bank that will be[…]

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US envoy hits out at global response to Ebola

The US ambassador to the United Nations has criticised the level of international support for nations hit by Ebola as she begins a tour of west African nations at the epicentre of the deadly outbreak. Samantha Power said before arriving in Guinea on Sunday that too many leaders were praising[…]

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Saudi women’s driving campaign gathers pace

Activists pushing for women’s right-to-drive in Saudi Arabia have declared their online campaign a success, in the world’s only country where women are not allowed to operate cars. The campaign that began last year and revved up again since the beginning of the month encouraged women to post online images[…]

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Rousseff re-elected Brazil president

Brazil’s incumbent president Dilma Rousseff has won a second term, defeating her opposition rival Aecio Neves with a narrow margin in a nearly complete count of votes after a presidential run-off election. An official tally of 99.66 percent of ballots showed Rousseff with 51.60 percent of valid votes and Neves[…]

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Clashes, drone strike kill dozens in Yemen

Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen allied to Al-Qaeda has left dozens dead in central Yemen, while a suspected US drone strike killed 10 jihadists, tribal sources said Saturday. The rebels, known as Huthis, have been facing fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda fighters and tribesmen as they seek to expand[…]

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IS kills 8 Iraq soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed in fighting with jihadists south of Baghdad as the army battled to secure the route used by hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims, officers said Saturday. Pilgrims taking part in Ashura commemorations, which mark the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures[…]

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Hong Kong protesters to vote on talks offer

Protesters in Hong Kong have said they plan to hold a spot referendum on whether to stay on the streets or accept a government offer for more talks and clear their protest camps. The three main groups behind the demonstrations said on Thursday that they would register public opinion on[…]

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