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British Princes Regret Rushed Conversation With Mother Diana

LONDON, July 23 – Britain’s Prince William and Harry have spoken of their regret over the last conversation they had with their mother Princess Diana before she died, saying the telephone call was “desperately rushed”. In a documentary called “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Diana’s

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Iraqi Bridge is Sole Link for Mosul Residents Rebuilding Lives

By Angus MacSwan MOSUL, Iraq, July 22 – On a pontoon bridge connecting East and West Mosul, residents of a city shattered by the battle to expel Daesh cross back and forth trying to rebuild their lives from the rubble. The temporary structure, known as the Victory Bridge, is the only crossing over the Tigris

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Yemen Named as Nation Where Risk of Mass Killing Rose Most in 2016

By Ben Seabrook LONDON, July 20 – Yemen was named on Thursday as the nation where the risk of genocide or mass killing rose the most last year while Syria topped an annual “Peoples Under Threat” index for the third consecutive year. The index, by human rights group Minority Rights Group International (MRG), said vulnerable

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Saudi Teachers Face Trial for Alleged Iran Spying, Pipeline Plot

RIYADH, July 19 – Two men have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia charged with spying for Iran and plotting to attack a major oil pipeline, two Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday. In a rare espionage case involving the two arch-rivals, the Saudi teachers face charges of gathering information on the East-West Pipeline of the

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India’s Top Court to Decide on Right to Privacy, But Much More at Stake

By Rahul Bhatia MUMBAI, July 19 – India’s Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday to determine whether individual privacy is a fundamental right protected by the constitution, in a ruling legal scholars say will have far-reaching consequences. The court has set up a rare nine-member bench to rule on the matter triggered by a

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Turkey Rolls Out New School Curriculum – Without Darwin

By Gulsen Solaker and Ece Toksabay ANKARA, July 18 – Turkey announced a new school curriculum on Tuesday that excluded Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, feeding opposition fears President Tayyip Erdogan is subverting the republic’s secular foundations. The chairman of a teachers’ union described the changes as a huge step in the wrong direction for

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Miss World Australia Says Alot is “Misconstrued” About Islam

DUBAI: Bosnian Muslim Esma Voloder, who fled her warn-torn roots has been named Miss World Australia 2017. Voloder, 25, spent time in a refugee camp before her parents fled their native Bosnia during the war that raged on from 1992-1995. She came to Australia as a 5-month-old baby and has come a long way since

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Ex-U.S. Diplomats Seek to Save State Department Refugee Office

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, July 17 – Forty former U.S. diplomats and national security officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that handles refugees in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. The letter argued that a Trump administration proposal to transfer the responsibilities of the Bureau of

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Families of Daesh Militants Left Behind Fear Reprisals

By Isabel Coles BARTELLA, Iraq, July 17 – Their husbands, sons and brothers are dead, but the women and children Daesh militants left behind will live to pay the price for their actions. As Daesh’s days of ruling over vast swathes of Iraq come to an end, questions are emerging about what to do with

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Jordan Hands Life Sentence to Soldier Who Killed U.S. Trainers

BEIRUT, July 17 – A Jordanian military court sentenced a soldier to life imprisonment with hard labour on Monday for killing three U.S. military trainers at the gate of a major air base last year, a judicial source said. The soldier had been charged with premeditated murder and had pleaded not guilty, the source said.

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