Amnesty Says Workers at Qatar World Cup Stadium Suffer Abuse

By Tom Finn DOHA, March 31 – Workers in Qatar renovating a 2022 World Cup stadium have suffered human rights abuses two years after the tournament’s organizers drafted worker welfare standards in the wake of criticism, Amnesty International said. Dozens of construction workers from Nepal and India were charged recruitment fees by agents in their

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Syria War Parties to Agree on U.N. Basic Principles Paper: Diplomats

By John Irish and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA, March 24 – Syrian government and opposition parties at peace talks in Geneva are expected to agree on Thursday to a document drawn up by a U.N. special envoy outlining basic principles in what one diplomat described as a “baby step” forward. With a fragile ceasefire in place

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Two Iraqis Sentenced in Finland for Posting Severed Head Images Online

HELSINKI, March 23 – Courts in Finland handed suspended sentences of 16 and 13 months respectively to an Iraqi Shi’ite militiaman and an Iraqi army sergeant on Wednesday for posting images of themselves holding severed heads of enemy fighters on Facebook. The two were arrested after arriving in Finland last year and were charged with

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Strikes Kill At Least 50 at Qaeda Yemen Camp: Medics, Official

ADEN, March 23 – At least 50 militants were killed in a U.S. air strike on an al Qaeda training camp in the mountains of southern Yemen, medics and a local official said on Wednesday. The attack took place as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) recruits queued for dinner at the camp, west

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And Still They Rise: One Selfie at a Time

BY Arfa Shahid Black Muslim women are fighting for recognition, one selfie at a time. The hashtag #BombBlackHijabis and #BombBlackMuslimahs has been making its round on social media this week, celebrating black hijabis – Muslim women who wear the religious headscarf – and commenting on the lack of representation of black Muslims. The social media

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Syria Aid Trucks to Set off from Damascus – Red Crescent

BEIRUT, Feb 17 – At least 100 trucks of humanitarian aid were preparing to set off for besieged areas of Syria from Damascus on Wednesday, the Syrian Red Crescent said, in the latest delivery of supplies to trapped residents. The Syrian government has approved access to seven besieged areas, the United Nations said after crisis

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Russia Says Improved Iran-Saudi Ties Would Help Oil Prices

MOSCOW, Feb 15 – Russia wants to see improved relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia at a time when joint action is needed to influence global oil prices, the RIA news agency on Monday quoted Zamir Kabulov, a senior official at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, as saying. Russia, one of the world’s top oil producers, has

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Turkey Limits Visas for Iraqis, Cites Illegal Immigration

BAGHDAD, Feb 15 – Turkey has restricted entry visas for Iraqis in a bid to limit foreign fighters reaching its territory and stem the flow of migrants and refugees to Europe. The European Union is banking on Turkish help to alleviate its worst migration crisis since World War Two, which saw more than a million

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U.N. Says Syria Ignored Most of its Requests to Deliver Aid

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28- The Syrian government in 2015 ignored most United Nations requests to deliver humanitarian aid to some of the 4.6 million people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas and only 620,000 received help, the U.N. aid chief said on Wednesday. Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council that last year

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Passionate Strokes

Gaza poses for its own artists BY Sami Abu Salem Gaza’s art enthusiasts flocked to the “Fans of the Land” Exhibition in Gaza City where various paintings and sculptures were on display earlier this month. Impressionist, modern, classic and neoclassic artwork depicted vibrant stories of life, nature, people, fear, and hope at the Red Crescent Society’s

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