Archive for September, 2016

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:21pm

Zika virus: Thailand babies diagnosed with microcephaly

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Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases found in Southeast Asia. The health ministry said on Friday that tests remained inconclusive as to whether the third infant’s condition was connected to Zika. “Two of the three infants […]

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:21pm

Amman protests: Jordan-Israel natural gas deal in focus

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Hundreds of Jordanians have taken part in a demonstration in the centre of Amman in protest against a deal signed this week to import natural gas from Israel. Demonstrators carried banners on Friday, reading: “No to financing the Zionist entity from the pockets of Jordanian citizens” and “No to gas imports from the Zionist enemy”. […]

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:21pm

Tajikistan tourism: Women eye trekking-guide careers

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Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan – Up to 60 percent of families in Tajikistan rely on remittances by relatives working as migrant labourers in Russia. Yet eco-tourism is a potential source of income for the mountainous country. Tajikistan has been trying to boost tourism, introducing academic tourism courses in local universities in 2012 but with little focus on outdoor […]

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:05am

Duterte cites Hitler, wants to kill millions of addicts

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appeared to compare himself with Adolf Hitler, saying he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts just like Nazi Germany killed three million Jews. “Hitler massacred three million Jews … there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte said early on Friday […]

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:04am

Saudi Arabia condemns passage of US 9/11 law

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Saudi Arabia has condemned a recently passed US law allowing the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue the Saudi government. The US Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) on relations between states. JASTA allows attack survivors and […]

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:04am

Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

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Israelis, along with dignitaries from around the world, were gathering in Jerusalem on Friday for the funeral of former President Shimon Peres. US President Barack Obama, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck and other world leaders are among those attending. Obama is one of the speakers at the ceremony. […]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:50pm

Israel’s strip searches at airports ‘illegal’

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Fast Facts Israel accused of carrying out illegal strip searches at airports Nazareth –  Last July, Maria Jamal, 29, a resident of Haifa, was on her way home from Athens when she found herself assigned a flight with the Israeli national carrier El Al at the last minute, after her Turkish Airlines flight to Ben […]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:50pm

Syria’s war: US-Russia talks ‘on verge of ending’

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The US is “on the verge” of ending talks on Syria with Russia following days of deadly attacks on Aleppo, according to the US secretary of state. US officials say the administration is looking at other ways to end the war in Syria that has been going on for over five years. Speaking at the Atlantic Council […]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:50pm

‘Massive crisis’ as 1.5 million expected to flee Mosul

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Dibaga Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan – In a stifling hot office with more flies than oxygen, Rzgar Abed does not hesitate when asked about the biggest challenge in managing the camp for Iraq’s internally displaced people (IDPs). “Space … we’re at 31,000 and that is our capacity. Thirty-one thousand,” said Abed, who works for the Barzani Charity […]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 7:35am

Israel’s war on peaceful activism

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Anyone who has met the soft-spoken and mild-mannered Brigitte Herremans, the Middle East policy officer at Belgian Catholic charities Broederlijk Delen and Pax Christi, would be confounded to hear her labelled as a threat to public security and order. But that is exactly how authorities at Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport described her as they deported the […]

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