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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Starts Hearings to Decide PM’s Future

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 17 – Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday began hearings that will decide the future of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is fighting for his job and contesting a damning corruption report by an investigative panel. The Supreme Court is expected to either put Sharif on trial on corruption charges, or

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Almost Certainly Alive: Kurdish Security Official

Sulaimania, IRAQ, July 17 – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that

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Iran-Born Maryam Mirzakhani, Award-Winning Mathematician, Dies at 40

By Alex Dobuzinskis July 16 – Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to receive the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics, died on Saturday at age 40 after a battle with cancer, said officials at Stanford University, the California school where she taught. The death of the Tehran-born Mirzakhani, who specialized in theoretical

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‘Star Wars’ hotel, Epcot Upgrades Coming to Disney Theme Parks

By Piya Sinha-Roy ANAHEIM, Calif., July 15 – An immersive “Star Wars” hotel, a new “Ratatouille” attraction and the first ever Mickey Mouse ride are just some of the high-profile features coming soon to Walt Disney Co’s theme parks revealed on Saturday. Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will house the hotel where guests can

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Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica

By Nina Chestney LONDON, July 12 – One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica

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Iraq Collectively punishing Daesh Families: HRW

ERBIL, July 13 – Human Rights Watch has accused Iraqi security forces of forcibly relocating at least 170 families of alleged Islamic State members to a closed “rehabilitation camp” as a form of collective punishment. “Iraqi authorities shouldn’t punish entire families because of their relatives’ actions,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Lifting Emergency Rule Currently Out of Question

ANKARA, July 12 – Earlier on Wednesday Turkish authorities detained 14 army officers and issued warrants for the detention of 51 people, including 34 former employees of state broadcaster TRT, for suspected links to the coup, local media reported. “There can be no question of lifting emergency rule with all this happening,” Erdogan said in a

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At Srebrenica, Iraq’s Yazidis Demand Genocide Recognition

By Maja Zuvela SREBRENICA, Bosnia, July 11 – Four Yazidis from Iraq joined thousands of Bosnian Muslims at a commemoration on Tuesday of the 8,000 men and boys killed in 1995 at Srebrenica and called for atrocities committed against their sect by Islamic State to be recognised as genocide. The Srebrenica massacre by Bosnian Serb

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