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Abu Akleh shooting: fatal shot came from Israeli forces, says OHCHR |

Ms. Akleh – an experienced television journalist familiar with reporting in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – was killed on 11 May, as she attempted to report on an arrest operation by Israeli Security Forces and clashes in Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank. ‘Deeply disturbing’ “More than six weeks after the killing …

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Nuri al-Maliki Fast Facts – CNN

Marriage: Married Children: Four daughters and a son Education: Usul al-Din College, B.A., Islamic Studies, 1973; Salahaddin University, M.A., Arabic Literature, 1992 Religion: Shiite Muslim Other Facts Prono: NOO-ree al-MAA-lick-ee Changed his name to Jawad al-Maliki while he was in exile. Negotiated with Sunnis and Kurds to help draft Iraq’s constitution. Previously an adviser to …

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Biden and Saudi have a lot to lose if talks fail

The White House announced on Tuesday that the President would visit Saudi Arabia for gathering of regional leaders in Jeddah. Biden is expected to engage in some capacity with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the son of King Salman. Even so, it has been a longer and rougher ride than many Saudi officials imagined. …

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Assad: If West wants to help refugees, don’t support rebels

In a rare interview with Australian public broadcaster SBS, Assad spoke about the fractious Syrian ceasefire, described British Brexit leaders as “disconnected from reality” and said he welcomed intervention against ISIS in Syria, as long as it wasn’t “window dressing.” A ceasefire was agreed to by all sides in February, with the help of Russia …

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ISIS video claims to show boy killing two Russian spies

In the video, the boy, who has been identified as Abdullah in prior ISIS videos, sports long hair and wears a black sweater and military fatigue pants. He stands behind the two men, who are kneeling, and shoots them in the back of the head in a theatrically produced video with slow motion. The boy …

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Iraq’s most powerful politician has just caused a ‘tectonic shift’

The stepdown of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s entire group of 73 lawmakers is the largest shakeup in Iraqi politics since an October election saw Iran-backed Shiite blocs losing seats to the Sadrists. The Sadrists now appear to have stepped back from parliamentary politics. “This is a tectonic shift that threatens to derail the post-2003 …

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Iran nuclear: Tehran is closer than ever to a nuclear weapon as Biden runs out of options

Tehran has ramped up uranium enrichment at a pace not seen since the 2015 signing of a landmark deal, which saw Iran curb uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief, before former United States President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018. Analysts believe that Tehran may have already attained the material needed to …

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How a failed vote on Jewish settlers shows the Israeli government is teetering

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition lost a critical vote this week in parliament to renew measures that govern legal rights for the settlers, another major dent in the government’s armor, although not yet the fatal blow. The defeat shows the fragility of Israel’s ruling coalition and how parliamentary gridlock could bring issues of national importance …

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Shireen Abu Akleh’s brother slams violent actions of Israeli police at her funeral

“They could have easily blocked the road if they didn’t want to see the funeral leave the hospital but the attack was intentional and brutal,” Tony Abu Akleh told CNN. Speaking at St. Joseph Hospital in East Jerusalem, where Friday’s funeral procession began, he said he had spoken to Israeli police before the event. “The …

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