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Amnesty Says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

By Stephen Kalin ERBIL, Iraq, July 11 (Reuters) – Amnesty International said on Tuesday tactics used by Iraqi forces and their U.S.-led coalition allies in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report the Islamic State militant group had also flagrantly violated

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Saudi Arabia to Introduce Physical Education for Schoolgirls

RIYADH, July 11 – Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the kingdom’s education ministry announced on Tuesday, a long-awaited step toward social reform in the Islamic kingdom. Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory.

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Reportedly Killed in Syria

By Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis CAIRO/BEIRUT, July 11 (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. The report came just days after the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi’s forces

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India’s Top Court Suspends Ban on Trade in Cattle for Slaughter

By Suchitra Mohanty Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI, July 11 – India’s Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government in May decreed that

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Pakistan PM’s Family Rejects Findings in Corruption Probe

By Syed Raza Hassan and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, July 11 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and allies have rejected a damaging report by a judicial body investigating the Pakistani premier’s assets, dismissing as “trash” allegations that the Sharif family has accumulated wealth far above its earnings. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by

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Dying “Mother Ganga”: India’s Holy River Succumbs to Pollution

By Danish Siddiqui DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India, July 10 – India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees. Worshipped by a billion Hindus and a water source

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“Welcome to Hell”: Protesters Vow to Disrupt G20 Summit

By Joseph Nasr HAMBURG, July 6 – “Welcome to Hell”. That’s the greeting for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders from anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the G20 summit, already rife with tensions over trade and climate change. Thousands of protesters from around Europe were pouring into the port city

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Hamza bin Laden and the Return of Al-Qaeda

Click here to read the Arabic version of this article BY Ali Soufan The foothills of the Spin Ghar mountain range, two dozen miles south of Jalalabad in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan, were once home to hundreds of olive plantations. For tens of thousands of acres, there used to be farms clustered along

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The Widows of Iraq

Content provided by UNHCR “I loved him so much,” says Aamra, remembering her husband killed during their flight from West Mosul. Widows fleeing the conflict in Iraq are among the most vulnerable IDPs. Living away from home and without a source of income, they face a daunting fight to provide for their families. Female-headed households

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Pakistan Investigating Shell Contractor’s Tanker Blast That Killed 209

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, July 4 – Pakistan’s oil and gas regulator expects the first report this week in an investigation into a tanker explosion involving a Shell Pakistan contractor that killed 209 people, a spokesman for the regulatory authority said on Tuesday. The June 25 explosion took place after the oil tanker went off

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