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Iranians sue US government over 'mass denials' of refugee status


The Iranians are religious minorities seeking refugee status through a special US government programme.

Will the US confront Iran's forces in Syria?


US officials have stated that they want to challenge Iranian influence in Syria but how likely is a confrontation?

Iraq launches 'deadly strikes' against ISIL inside Syria


Iraqi PM's office says F-16 fighter jets carried out air raids near the border in coordination with Syrian army.

Durham first US city to ban police training with Israeli military


Local council adopts step against exchange with Israeli military practices synonymous with the occupation of Palestine.

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Starbucks discrimination 'a sign of America's cultural war'


Recent arrest of two black men at coffee shop highlights deeply-embedded racism against African Americans, analysts say.


Kashmir erupts demanding justice for young rape victim


Activists say cases of rape and sexual violence on women are common as they decry 'reluctant and delayed response'

Refugees on Greek islands angry at freedom for new arrivals


Rights group call Greek government to lift refugees' movement restrictions independently from the date of arrival.


Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel gives first speech in Assembly


Miguel Diaz-Canel's election marks first time in nearly six decades the Communist country will not be led by a Castro.

Will a new president mean change for Cuba?


A new era dawns for Cuba for the first time in almost 60 years Communist country's leader is not called Castro.


Ecuador to stop hosting Colombia-ELN talks


Ecuador's government ends support for negotiations between Bogota and leftist group ELN after incidents on the border.


Miguel Diaz-Canel: Cuba's post-Castro president


Little known about 57-year-old's plans to tackle challenges facing Communist country, including its struggling economy.


Why are Armenians protesting against the new prime minister?


Tens of thousands take to the streets against nomination and appointment of ex-president Serzh Sargsyan as PM.


US: Georgia town of Newnan braces for neo-Nazi rally


The National Socialist Movement is one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US.

9/11 attacks' suspect arrested by Kurds in Syria


Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, is accused of being involved in planning the 9/11 attacks.

India court rejects pleas for probe into judge BH Loya's death


Top court rejects pleas for investigation into the 2014 death of a judge presiding over murder case involving BJP chief.

Fleeing Kachin face food, medicine shortage amid Myanmar clashes


Clashes between Myanmar army and Kachin fighters leave more than 100,000 displaced since 2011.


Chemical attacks on Iran: When the US looked the other way


Iran denounces 'hypocrisy' of US air strikes as experts urge Tehran to press Syria to stop future chemical attacks.


Nigeria school food scheme revolutionising education


Free meals programme has fed nearly seven million pupils in about 40,000 schools and changed the nature of education.

Alabama to execute Walter Moody, 83, oldest in modern US history


Moody's age reflects the aging of death row across the US, where over 2,000 people are to be executed.


ISIL given '48 hours' to evacuate area south of Damascus


ISIL fighters have been in control of an area south of Damascus for nearly three years.

Thursday, Apr 19

Qatari forces participate in Gulf shield drill in Saudi Arabia


Officers from Qatar's Armed Forces participated in the exercise, along with forces from 25 other countries.

Zimbabwe: Nurses' strike takes toll on public health service


Government orders immediate dismissal of more than 16,000 striking nurses who demand better pay.

Wednesday, Apr 18

OPCW: Fact-finding team still outside Syria's Douma


Watchdog says any deployment will have to receive security clearance, a day after UN team comes under fire in Douma.

Turkey's Erdogan calls for snap elections on June 24


The parliamentary and presidential polls had previously been slated for November 2019.

Iran's Rouhani: We will not wait for approval to produce weapons


In a speech marking Iran's Army Day, Rouhani warns Western powers against flooding the Middle East with more weapons.

Russia rejects UN resolution for independent Douma investigation


Russia's UN ambassador says determining responsibility for chemical attack is futile since West already assigned blame.

Tuesday, Apr 17

Saudi in talks with US over troop deployment in Syria


Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says Riyadh is willing to send soldiers amid reports Trump is looking to exit Syria.

Is France reinventing itself as a kingmaker in the Middle East?


President Emmanuel Macron is trying restore France's position as a 'power broker' in the Arab world, analysts say.

OPCW 'enters Syria's Douma' to probe gas attack allegation


State TV says chemical weapons watchdog arrives in Douma as France and the US question the purpose of the mission.

Diplomatic leaks: UAE dissatisfied with Saudi policies


Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar publishes secret diplomatic documents claiming UAE disapproval of Saudi policies.

Monday, Apr 16

US and Russia feud over access to Syria attack site


Russia says experts to inspect Douma on Wednesday, rejecting accusations of tampering in OPCW investigation.

Theresa May defends Syria strikes in parliament


Rejecting accusations of US pressure, UK PM says involvement in Saturday's coordinated attack was in national interest.

OPCW inspectors 'not yet' allowed in Syria's Douma: UK delegation


British delegation calls on Russia and Syria to allow access as Russian deputy FM says delay is due to US-led strikes.

France confirms Libya's Haftar is treated in a Paris hospital


An unnamed European diplomat says Haftar sustained irreversible brain damage and will be unable to function as before.

Sunday, Apr 15

Haley: US troops to stay in Syria until goals achieved


The US envoy to UN also confirms that new sanctions against Russia will be announced on Monday.

Putin: Syria attacks damage peaceful settlement prospects


Russian president tells Iranian counterpart that US-led attacks damage prospects for political reconciliation in Syria.

What mission has the US accomplished in Syria?


It remains unclear what effect, if any, the US-led strikes had on alleviating the suffering of Syrians.

US: Locked and loaded if Syria uses toxic gas again


US ambassador to UN warns Assad government after more than 100 bombs target chemical weapons facilities in Syria.