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  • Yemeni Civilians Bear Brunt of Suffering in Escalating Conflict 
    As the fighting in Yemen heats up, the U.N. human rights office warns Yemen’s warring parties that wanton attacks against civilians and civilian targets could amount to war crimes. Reciprocal attacks by Yemen’s warring parties have been escalating this month. They have intensified since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels carried out missile and bomb-laden drone attacks on the United Arab Emirates Monday,
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    Published on 01-19-22
    2 hours ago
  • Former US Hostage in Iran to Begin Hunger Strike to Press for Prisoner Deal
    A former U.S. hostage in Iran is set to begin a hunger strike in Vienna on Wednesday to press U.S. and Iranian officials to come to an agreement about the release of Americans and other Westerners of Iranian origin jailed by Tehran. He hopes the move will help to break a months-long stalemate in indirect prisoner talks between the two
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    Published on 01-18-22
    11 hours ago
  • Two Uyghurs in Saudi Arabia Fear Deportation to China
    Two Uyghur men detained in Saudi Arabia are facing the prospect of being sent back to China while a human rights organization is working to stop that possibility.  Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it is urging Saudi Arabia to refrain from "imminent" deportation of two Uyghur men held "arbitrarily" in the country.  HRW's Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Division deputy director,
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    Published on 01-18-22
    14 hours ago
  • US Military Victims of Iranian Attacks Ask Biden for Frozen Funds 
    More than 1,000 U.S. military veterans and family members of those killed or wounded in attacks by Iran and its proxies are calling on President Joe Biden to compensate the victims of Iranian attacks before releasing frozen funds as part of nuclear negotiations with Tehran.  In a letter to the president obtained by VOA News, veterans and military family members
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    Published on 01-18-22
    15 hours ago
  • Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Warn of More Attacks on UAE
    Yemen’s Houthi rebels warned they might target more facilities in the United Arab Emirates after carrying out drone and missile attacks Monday that killed three people. Police in the capital, Abu Dhabi, said the attacks targeted three oil tanker trucks at an oil facility and an extension of the Abu Dhabi International Airport. They identified the dead as two Indian
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    Published on 01-18-22
    20 hours ago
  • Around 20 Killed in Deadliest Coalition Strikes on Yemen's Sanaa since 2019
    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi group on the capital Sanaa killed at least 20 people overnight, including civilians, Houthi media and residents said, in one of its deadliest attacks since 2019. Around 14 people were killed when coalition planes struck the home of a high-ranking Houthi military official, including his wife and son, according to neighbors
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    Published on 01-18-22
    1 day ago
  • Iran Confirms Again Imprisoning French-Iranian Academic 
    Iranian authorities confirmed that they have re-incarcerated French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah for breaking house arrest restrictions.  The judiciary news website Mizan.news on January 16 quoted the deputy head of the judiciary, Kazem Gharibabadi, as saying Adelkhah, who had been furloughed with an electronic-monitoring bracelet, violated judicial restrictions “dozens of times.”  The official claimed that Adelkhah, 62, violated the limits of
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    Published on 01-16-22
    3 days ago
  • Netanyahu Negotiating Plea Deal in Corruption Trial 
    Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday.  The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for years, paving the way for a leadership race in his Likud party and shaking up Israel's political
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    Published on 01-16-22
    3 days ago
  • Twitter Bans Account Linked to Iranian Leader Over Video Threatening Trump
    Twitter said Saturday it had permanently suspended an account linked to Iran's supreme leader that posted a video calling for revenge for a top general's assassination against former US President Donald Trump.  "The account referenced has been permanently suspended for violating our ban evasion policy," a Twitter spokesperson told AFP.  The account, @KhameneiSite, this week posted an animated video showing
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    Published on 01-15-22
    4 days ago
  • New Discoveries Shed Light on Time of Jesus
    There is a saying in Israel, that you can’t spit without hitting an archaeological treasure. That’s what happened in the northern Israeli town of Migdal on the Sea of Galilee, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene – a follower of Jesus Christ, according to the Christian Gospels. The Israeli government wanted to expand a busy road, but first officials had to
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    Published on 01-14-22
    5 days ago