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Famed church in Israel reopens 2 years after arson attack

13 Feb 2017
One of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land has reopened with a special mass two years after an arson attack blamed on Jewish extremists. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended the reopening ceremony at the Church of the...
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Libya: Why the EU is looking to Russia

13 Feb 2017
EU leaders are turning to Russia as they seek to stabilize Libya, stem the flow of migrants departing its shores for Europe and combat Islamist terrorism. But what is Russia's stake in the volatile North African nation? One Libyan...
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As many as 13,000 hanged in Syria prison since 2011: Amnesty International

07 Feb 2017
Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people — possibly more — since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty...
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How Trump may be inadvertently helping Islamic State

President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban to the United States sparks international furor and days of protests (Mandel Ngan / AFP / File photo).
05 Feb 2017
Trump's travel ban does not only lack compassion, precision and potentially legal grounding, but it is also strategic suicide. The policy is fundamentally counter-productive to its declared goal of making America -- and the...
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Middle East executives won't talk about Trump's travel ban

02 Feb 2017
  The message from many big US companies is loud and clear: We do not support President Trump's travel ban. But the silence from executives in the region most affected -- north Africa and the Middle East -- is deafening. The seven...
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Meet the 31-year-old who wrote Trump's controversial travel ban

01 Feb 2017
Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump's speechwriter, confidante and the author of his controversial immigration ban, has operated on the fringes of his own political party since he was a teenager. But after what appears...
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Trump fires acting Attorney General for defying order on Muslims

acting attorney general Sally Yates
01 Feb 2017
President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for "refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said. "[Yates] has betrayed the...
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Human rights situation in Libya 'catastrophic': Germany

© Abdullah Doma, AFP file picture
 
31 Jan 2017
The human rights situation in Libya is "catastrophic," with migrants heading for Europe bearing the brunt of abuse, the German government said Monday. A report Sunday by German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted an internal Foreign...
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Trump order dashes dreams of Iraqi family bound for United States

29 Jan 2017
Fuad Sharef and his family waited two years for a visa to settle in the United States, selling their home and quitting jobs and schools in Iraq before setting off on Saturday for a new life they saw as a reward for working with US...
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Gaza's water shortage worsening, no easy solutions seen

26 Jan 2017
Marwan An-Najar, a Palestinian from the south of the Gaza Strip, says he has not tasted sweet tap water in 10 years. Every day, he travels 4km to fill a 20-litre plastic jerrycan at a local desalination station. Gaza has long suffered...
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