Israeli, Palestinian youth fear conflict will never end: Poll

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (AFP) – The majority of young Israelis and Palestinians believe the conflict between their peoples “will never end”, according to a survey published on Thursday (Jan 16) by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Sixty five per cent of Israeli millennials surveyed and 52 per cent of their Palestinian counterparts said they expected the […]

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Iranians bury dead from downed plane after days of rage on the street

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Iranians buried their dead from an airliner shot down by the military as authorities on Wednesday (Jan 15) identified more of the 176 victims of last week’s crash, which led to days of rage against Iran’s rulers followed by a police crackdown. Emotions have been running high as the victims of the Jan 8 crash are mourned. […]

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Iran’s president: Military must explain plane downing

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said the country’s military should elaborate more on how it shot down a passenger plane by mistake last week. Separately, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that Iranians “were lied to” for days afterwards. He insisted that he and the president were also kept in the dark. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards killed 176 people when they […]

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UK calls for new 'Trump deal' with Iran to solve nuclear crisis

Boris Johnson has called on Donald Trump to come up with an alternative to the Iran nuclear accord as Britain, France and Germany formally accused the Islamic republic of non-compliance with the agreement. In a drastic step that could ultimately lead to the deal’s collapse, European signatories said yesterday they had “no choice” but to trigger a dispute resolution mechanism […]

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Iran denies 'cover-up' over shot down Ukrainian airliner

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s government on Monday (Jan 13) denied a “cover-up” after it took days for the armed forces to admit a Ukrainian airliner was shot down by mistake last week. “In these sorrowful days, many criticisms were directed at relevant officials and authorities,” said government spokesman Ali Rabiei. “Some officials were even accused of lying and a cover-up […]

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Iran's only female Olympic medallist says she has defected

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Iran’s only female Olympic medallist has said on social media she had left her homeland because she had had enough of being used by its authorities as a propaganda tool. Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, implied in an Instagram post that she had moved to Europe. She wrote […]

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Iran’s only female Olympic medallist defects

Iran’s only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected. Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran because she didn’t want to be part of “hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery”. She described herself as “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran”. Alizadeh did not say where she was, amid reports that she has […]

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World leaders travel to Oman to meet new Sultan Haitham

DUBAI (AP) – World leaders travelled on Sunday (Jan 12) to Oman to meet the country’s new sultan, named just a day after the death of the nation’s longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles were among those who arrived in Muscat to meet Oman’s new ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. […]

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Iran police disperse air crash protesters in angry anti-government demonstration

TEHERAN (AFP) – Iranian police dispersed students chanting “radical” slogans during a Saturday (Jan 11) gathering in Teheran to honour the 176 people killed when an airliner was mistakenly shot down, Fars news agency reported. AFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early in the evening at Amir Kabir University, in downtown Teheran, to pay respects to those killed […]

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Dubai airport flights delayed, cancelled due to heavy rain

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest airports, cancelled, diverted and delayed flights on Saturday (Jan 11) due to heavy rain and flooding, Dubai Airports said. Flights are likely to be delayed throughout the day and some have been cancelled or diverted to nearby Al Maktoum airport, state-owned Dubai Airports said on Twitter. Video footage and images […]

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