‘I spotted a lump when preparing for my mikveh’

In the Orthodox Jewish community, there is a sacred space for women: the mikveh. Now it has also become a place where they can spot signs of breast cancer and domestic violence, and guide one another towards help. It is a religious requirement for all married Orthodox women to go to the mikveh, or ritual bath, at night seven days […]

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Fury as Israel demolishes Palestinian homes

ISRAELI forces began demolishing Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem yesterday, in the face of protests and international criticism. Bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers moved into Sur Baher, a Palestinian village on the edge of East Jerusalem in an area that Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. […]

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Iranians say punishing US sanctions hurt people, not officials

For ordinary Iranians, it’s the US’s economic threat that is most burdensome despite fears of a military confrontation. US sanctions hurt the average Iranian, not those in charge – that was the sentiment at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar on Tuesday. Most Iranians have suffered economic hardship sparked by reimposed and newly created American sanctions after US President Donald Trump pulled out […]

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UN expert urges world powers to reconsider G20 Riyadh summit

Political accountability for Khashoggi’s murder means that G20 does not happen or moves elsewhere, Agnes Callamard says. A United Nations expert who investigated the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called on world powers to reconsider holding the next G20 summit in Saudi Arabia. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in a report last month found “credible […]

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UK seeks European naval force to counter 'piracy' in Gulf

FM Jeremy Hunt says UK in talks with a number of countries to ensure safe shipping after Iran seized its oil tanker. The UK plans to deploy a European-led naval force to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker in what London called an act of “state piracy”.  British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made […]

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UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano dies at 72

The longtime Japanese diplomat held the IAEA’s top job since December 2009. Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme, has died at 72.  Amano, who had wide experience in disarmament, non-proliferation diplomacy and nuclear energy, had been chief of the key […]

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Iran warns Britain against raising tensions

DUBAI • Iran’s ambassador to Britain yesterday warned against escalating tensions as a UK official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Teheran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker. London calls Iran’s capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz last Friday a “hostile act”. Britain needs to contain “those domestic political forces who want to escalate […]

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Passengers scramble to rebook after BA suspends Cairo flights

Travellers say Cairo flights being rebooked on Egypt Air ‘strange’ in light of security concern raised by suspension. British Airways (BA) passengers have expressed confusion and concern following a decision by the airline to suspend flights to Egypt’s capital, Cairo, for seven days over unspecified security worries. Passengers have scrambled to find alternative flights since receiving a notification from the airline […]

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All 23 crew of seized British-operated tanker are safe: Iranian TV

DUBAI (REUTERS, AFP) – The crew of the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are all safe, the head of the Hormozgan province port and maritime authority told state TV on Sunday (July 21). “All 23 crew members aboard the ship are safe and in good health in Bandar Abbas port,” Allahmorad Afifipour said. Britain has denounced […]

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