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Israel bid to limit Azan revived

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A controversial Israeli bill to quiet the Muslim call to prayer is to go forward after it was amended so as not to affect the Jewish Shabbat siren, the speaker’s office said Wednesday. Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, had blocked the draft law in its original form for fear it

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Egypt court overturns life sentence against ex-president Mursi

CAIRO (Web Desk) – Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned on Tuesday a life sentence against deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas. The court last week overturned a death sentence against Morsi in a separate case, meaning

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68,000 Iraqis displaced from Mosul offensive: UN

ARBIL, IRAQ (Monitoring Desk) – More than 68,000 people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched a huge offensive against the Islamic State group in and around Mosul last month, the UN said Tuesday. The figure increased significantly over the past week as forces battled deep into the densely populated city, but it falls

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Japan lifts tsunami warning after quake

TOKYO (Sarzameen News) – The Japanese government on Tuesday lifted its tsunami warning for the northeast coast of the country after a powerful earthquake shook the region earlier in the day. “The tsunami advisory has been lifted,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said in a statement released at 12:50 pm (0350 GMT) on its website. The

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Asking if Hitler was worse than Israel ´inappropriate´: Erdogan

ISTANBUL(AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it would be “inappropriate” to ask who was the more barbarous out of Israel and Hitler, in comments likely to put renewed strain on ties with the Jewish state. The comments come less than a week after Turkey appointed a foreign policy advisor to the prime

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At least 27 die in Kabul mosque bombing

KABUL (Sarzameen News) – A strong blast hit a mosque in Kabul Monday as worshippers gathered there for a religious ceremony, leaving at least 27 dead and 35 injured, reports said. “A blast was reported at around 1230 in police district 6 of Kabul, we are still gathering the details,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi

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Obama says goodbye to world stage after eight years

LIMA (AFP) US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the world stage Sunday, pondering his legacy, offering advice to his successor and discussing his post-presidential life at the end of his final foreign tour. His historic presidency and charisma have made Obama a rock star on the international scene, even at times when the daily

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Clashes as Yemen ceasefire nears end

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni government forces and rebels were engaged in fierce fighting as a 48-hour ceasefire declared by the pro-government Arab coalition approached its end Monday, military officials said. Fifteen rebels and nine loyalist troops were killed in clashes overnight in and around the flashpoint southwestern city of Taez, military and medical sources said.

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U.S. asks Congress to stop buying Russian helicopters for Afghan forces

KABUL (Sarzameen News) – Reports suggest that U.S defense department officials asked Congress to stop buying Russian MI117 helicopters for Afghan forces and instead to buy American helicopters. In addition, a number of senators also reportedly asked why the U.S should use American taxpayers’ money to pay Russia for the hardware when it was backing

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Deadly India train accident kills 62

LUCKNOW, India (AFP) – A passenger train derailed in northern India Sunday, killing at least 63 travellers most of whom were sleeping when the fatal accident occurred, police said. Rescue workers rushed to the scene near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state where the Patna-Indore express train derailed in the early hours of the morning. “As

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