Archive for February, 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:28pm

Israel: Controlling the media narrative

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With the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an intifada phase, Israel is facing a global image problem – and once again, the state is blaming the media. Over the past month, the Knesset – the legislative branch of Israel’s government – summoned foreign journalists to defend themselves against accusations of systematic bias, particularly in their reporting of […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:28pm

Moderates dominate council of clerics in Iran elections

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Iran’s moderates have dealt another blow to the country’s hardliners, winning a majority of seats in the Assembly of Experts, a clerical council empowered with choosing the nation’s supreme leader. Iran’s Interior Ministry, which gave the final results for last week’s vote for the clerical assembly, announced on Monday that moderates won 59 percent of […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:28pm

Iraq: Deadly wave of violence continues

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Dozens of people have been killed for a second day in a row in Iraq as government forces continue to battle fighters in the western province of Anbar. A suicide bomber with an explosives-packed vest blew himself up on Monday in Muqdadiyah, a town northeast of Baghdad,┬ákilling at least 13 people and injuring 41 others, […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:12am

Australian cardinal: Church ‘mucked up’ on sex abuse

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Australian Cardinal George Pell says the Catholic Church has made “enormous mistakes” after becoming the highest-ranking Vatican official to give evidence on sexual abuse of children in the Church. Pell, 74, held up a Bible as he was sworn in to answer questions by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse in […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:12am

Australian cardinal: Church ‘mucked up’ on sex abuse

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Australian Cardinal George Pell says the Catholic Church has made “enormous mistakes” after becoming the highest-ranking Vatican official to give evidence on sexual abuse of children in the Church. Pell, 74, held up a Bible as he was sworn in to answer questions by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse in […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:12am

Pakistan hangs anti-blasphemy law governor’s assassin

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Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said Mumtaz Qadri – feted as a hero by many supporters – was executed at a prison in Rawalpindi on Monday morning. “I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adialia jail early Monday morning,” senior […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:12am

Pakistan hangs anti-blasphemy law governor’s assassin

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Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said Mumtaz Qadri – feted as a hero by many supporters – was executed at a prison in Rawalpindi on Monday morning. “I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adialia jail early Monday morning,” senior […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:12am

Academy Awards: Chris Rock takes shot at #OscarsSoWhite

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Academy Awards host Chris Rock pulled no punches in taking aim at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy dominating Hollywood. Rock – the outspoken black comedian chosen to host the Oscars months before the selection of an all-white acting nominee line-up for a second year – welcomed viewers to what he called “the white People’s Choice awards” on […]

Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 4:12am

Academy Awards: Chris Rock takes shot at #OscarsSoWhite

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Academy Awards host Chris Rock pulled no punches in taking aim at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy dominating Hollywood. Rock – the outspoken black comedian chosen to host the Oscars months before the selection of an all-white acting nominee line-up for a second year – welcomed viewers to what he called “the white People’s Choice awards” on […]

Sunday, February 28th, 2016 at 4:12pm

ISIL attacks kill scores across Iraq

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Scores of people have died in attacks across Iraq as pro-government forces struggle to retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. In Sunday’s dealiest attack, a large explosion hit the predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City, just north of the Iraqi capital Baghad. At least 15 people were killed […]

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