Archive for December, 2016

Egypt court backs government in giving Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

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Egypt court backs government in giving Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

An aerial view of the coast of the Red Sea and the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir is pictured through the window of an airplane near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 1, 2016. (Photo by Reuters) An Egyptian appeal court has ruled in favor of the government’s contentious decision in […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘outsmarts’ US President Barack Obama: Republican congressman

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘outsmarts’ US President Barack Obama: Republican congressman

Barack Obama (right) and Vladimir Putin are pictured before their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28, 2015. (Photo by Reuters) Russian President Vladimir Putin has “outsmarted” his US counterpart, Barack Obama, by refraining from expelling American diplomats in response to a similar move by […]

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Lebanon’s prestigious As-Safir daily closes after more than 4 decades

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Lebanon’s prestigious As-Safir daily closes after more than 4 decades

The last issue of prestigious Lebanese daily As-Safir is on display on a newspaper stand in Beirut’s Hamra neighborhood on December 31, 2016. (Photo by AFP) Lebanon’s leading Arabic-language daily newspaper, As-Safir (The Ambassador), has printed its final issue after more than four decades in print due to financial problems, as […]

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro releases six political prisoners

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro releases six political prisoners

Venezuela’s former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered to release six opponents, including former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales, amid the country’s worst political and economic crises. “I have been freed, along with other political prisoners,” the 64-year-old Rosales, who had been under house arrest for over […]

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UN Security Council adopts resolution supporting Syria ceasefire agreement

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UN Security Council adopts resolution supporting Syria ceasefire agreement

Members of the UN Security Council vote on a Russian-Turkish peace plan for Syria, on December 31, 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. (Photo by AFP) The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution endorsing a ceasefire agreement in Syria, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey.  On […]

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Sarah Palin urges Donald Trump to quit the UN after Israel vote

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Sarah Palin urges Donald Trump to quit the UN after Israel vote

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) attends Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown on November 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by AFP) Former Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin is calling on US President-elect Donald Trump […]

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Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin calls on UNSC not to discredit ceasefire

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Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin calls on UNSC not to discredit ceasefire

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin has called on his UNSC colleagues not to complicate the situation in Syria and not to discredit a ceasefire proposed by Russia and Turkey. Churkin made the comments on Saturday, after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution welcoming a ceasefire agreement in Syria. The nationwide […]

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Hundreds march in Chicago to commemorate 760 killed in Chicago in 2016

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Hundreds march in Chicago to commemorate 760 killed in Chicago in 2016

Residents, activists, and friends and family members of victims of gun violence march down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue carrying nearly 800 wooden crosses bearing the names of people murdered during 2016 in the city on December 31, 2016. Hundreds of people have joined a silent march in Chicago to commemorate nearly […]

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Armed attack on nightclub kills 39, injures 40: Istanbul governor

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Armed attack on nightclub kills 39, injures 40: Istanbul governor

At least 39 people are dead and 40 others are wounded in an armed attack on a nightclub in Turkey’s Istanbul, the governor of the city says. According to reports, the gunman, wearing a Santa Claus costume, killed a police officer and a civilian before he entered the club and […]

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Boko Haram leader says Kill, slaughter, kidnap infidels

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Boko Haram leader says Kill, slaughter, kidnap infidels

The undated photo purportedly shows the ringleader of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau. The ringleader of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group has urged the militants to beef up extreme violence against people, denying recent claims by the government that the group has been crushed. […]

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