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First Ever Fatwa Issued Against Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife<p>In a slaughterhouse in Rantau Prapat, Sumatra, Indonesia, workmen slit open wild-caught blood pythons. (Photograph by Mark Leong)<p><b>Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body has issued a fatwa, or edict, against illegal wildlife trafficking.</b><p>This unprecedented step by the Indonesian Council of …

Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities

Iran is starting to see a re-launch of activist groups following the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani. Social movements were scarce after the government crushed public protests known as the Green Movement following the 2009 elections. After the decisive vote for Rouhani, a surge of …

World powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes: U.N. | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - All sides in Syria’s civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish and starve civilians and big powers bear responsibility for allowing such war crimes to persist, U.N. human rights investigators said on Wednesday.<p>A general view of damage after what activists said was …

The dark side of Abu Dhabi's cultural revolution – video

As Abu Dhabi gets a multibillion-pound cultural facelift, many of the migrant workers from Bangladesh and Pakistan complain of appalling conditions after paying large fees to agents, an Observer investigation has found. Glenn Carrick visits Abu Dhabi's exclusive Saadiyat island, where the …

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Turkish PM reshuffles cabinet amid scandal

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has replaced nearly half of his cabinet in a reshuffle prompted by a spiralling corruption scandal.<p>Erdogan announced on television late on Wednesday that he had replaced three resigning ministers and his EU affairs minister, while reshuffling the justice, …

42 Killed in Attacks Across Iraq

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Blast targets bus in Egyptian capital

Five people were injured on Thursday when a bomb exploded near a bus in the Egyptian capital, two days after a blast at a police station in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura killed 14 people.<p>The explosion happened in Cairo's Nasr City neighbourhood, in front of Al-Azhar University. Ambulance workers …

Israel To Free Palestinian Prisoners And Build More Settlements

Palestinians have warned repeatedly that settlement building destroys the fragile US-brokered peace talks that resumed in July after a three-year hiatus.<p>"The Israeli government will announce tenders for new construction in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem which will coincide with the release of …

Some Important Things Happened in Turkey and Egypt Today

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A corruption scandal threatens the Turkish prime minister and the Egyptian government labeled the …

Russia says Arafat died of natural causes

Russia said on Thursday former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, but a Palestinian official called the finding “politicised” and said an investigation would continue.<p>Samples were taken from Arafat’s body last year by Swiss, French and Russian …

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People with HIV Can Live as Long as Uninfected Populations

A new study reports that young people with HIV have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.<p>Researchers of the new study …

Bomb attack kills officers in Iraq's Anbar province

<b>The commander of an Iraqi army division and other senior officers have been killed in a bomb attack during a security operation in Anbar province.</b><p>At least one blast ripped through a house killing 15 officers and soldiers who were taking part in an operation against militants with al-Qaeda links.<p>It …

Mahmoud Abbas accused of being traitor over rejection of Israel boycott

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been accused of being a traitor by activists after publicly rejecting calls for a boycott of Israel.<p>His unambiguous statement, made in the aftermath of Nelson Mandela's death, has fuelled a bitter debate on the legitimacy and efficacy of sanctions over …

Libya: suicide bombing at army base near Benghazi kills 7

A suicide bomb attack at an army base outside Benghazi in eastern Libya killed at least seven people and wounded up to 15 on Sunday, medical and security sources said.<p>The attacker blew himself up in a car in front of the base in Barsis, some 50 km (30 miles) outside Benghazi, a security source said.<p>…

A Mosque Story – When We Teach Defeat

A Mosque Story – When We Teach Defeat<p>December 11, 2013 by Guest Contributor<p><b>By Zainab Khan</b><p>When I decided to move back home from college, the thing I …

Agency ridding Syria of chemical weapons warns deadline to be missed

The international effort to remove and destroy Syria's chemical weapons is likely to miss its Dec. 31 deadline for getting the most toxic of the poison gases out of the war-torn country, the mission chief said Monday.<p>"In view of the circumstances in this country, it will be quite difficult to meet …

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Spanish journalists kidnapped in Syria

<b>Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda.</b><p>El Mundo reporter Javier Espinosa and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).<p>The newspaper said they were taken at a checkpoint …