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The Guardian view on Obama’s legacy: yes he did make a difference | Editorial

The outgoing US president’s performance fell far short of the hopes he and others cherished in 2008. But the prospect of his successor is not the only reason to appreciate his time in office Donald Trump takes office as president ofShow More Summary

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison

Atena Daemi and Family Still Face Legal Persecution Three of the five new charges brought against imprisoned civil rights advocate Atena Daemi by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) were dismissed after two policemen made official statements supporting her version of events, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Agents of the […]

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison

An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when “Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances” about ending the abuse of prisoners—Shirzad’s main demand. Show More Summary

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence

Imprisoned political commentator Issa Saharkhiz began a wet hunger strike on January 14, 2017 to protest a newly issued six-month prison sentence for allegedly “slandering the supreme leader.” Saharkhiz is also attempting to highlight the “repeated violations of the law by the Judiciary and security officials,” said his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz. “My father has announced […]

Sousse attack inquest: security audit by Tui 'could have saved lives'

Hearing into deaths at Tunisian resort hears travel firm did not conduct frequent security assessments before attack Lives could have been saved if a travel company had carried out a security audit before the Sousse terrorist attack instead of an assessment after it, an inquest has heard. Show More Summary

Seven Britons killed in Saudi bus crash

Five people from one Manchester family and two from Glasgow, including baby less than two months old, killed on pilgrimage Seven British citizens have been killed in a minibus crash in Saudi Arabia. It is understood the dead include five people from one family in Manchester and two others from Glasgow. Show More Summary

When I heard warplanes, I never thought our hospital was the target

One MSF worker describes her struggle to make sense of a bombing in Yemen that left one colleagues dead and others wounded For my second ever mission, I was sent to work in a Yemeni village not far from the border with Saudi Arabia, which was surrounded by displaced camps and considered a quiet place. Show More Summary

Tehran's Plasco tower block collapses after blaze – video

The Plasco building, a landmark tower block in Tehran, collapses after it became engulfed by fire on Thursday. Iranian news reports say that at least 30 firefighters who were tackling the blaze were killed, and a further 75 people were injured Tehran fire: dozens of firefighters killed after tower collapses Continue reading...

Wars will not be fought over water – our thirst could pave the way to peace | Sundeep Waslekar

As extremist groups increasingly attack water infrastructure, we need to create multinational funds to protect all the world’s shared rivers and lakes The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict undergo a subtle change. Show More Summary

Why can’t Britain apologise to these victims of rendition? | Cori Crider

With MI6’s help, Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj was handed over to Muammar Gaddafi and tortured. Yet still our government won’t say sorry “What holds us together is an idea, and it’s a story about who we are and what’s important to us.” So said President Barack Obama in one of his final interviews in office. Show More Summary

Tehran fire: dozens of firefighters killed after tower collapses

At least 30 firefighters feared dead and scores of people injured as blaze engulfs iconic Plasco building in Iranian capital A high-rise building in the Iranian capital engulfed by a fire has collapsed, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring 75 people, according to state media reports. Show More Summary

Liwa Al-Jabal: A New Loyalist Militia Unity Initiative In Suwayda’

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Jabal. Unity initiatives of various kinds among armed groups are foremost associated with the rebels in Syria. Despite some attempts to argue to the contrary, the popular conception of the wider insurgency and opposition as heavily divided is largely correct. Show More Summary

Alexandria: locals adapt to floods as coastal waters inch closer

As cafe owners build defences against winter storms, the government has warned that 13% of Egypt’s coastline is at risk from rising Mediterranean sea levels “Before we were flooded a couple of years ago, we didn’t imagine the water could...Show More Summary

UK community refugee scheme has resettled only two Syrian families

Canadian-style scheme run by Open Society Foundations says volunteers’ offers of support have been ‘stuck’ for six months Only two Syrian refugee families have been resettled under the government’s community refugee sponsorship scheme, six months after it was unveiled by the home secretary and the archbishop of Canterbury. Show More Summary

Iraq has retaken east Mosul from Isis, says army general

Lt Gen Talib Shaghati says government troops are in ‘full control’ of eastern part of Iraq’s second largest city Iraqi government troops say they are in “full control” of east Mosul three months into a major operation to recapture the country’s second city, despite some Islamic State fighters remaining along the Tigris river. Show More Summary

Tunisian hotels 'were told to improve security before Sousse attack'

Tui representative tells UK inquest he did not know of letter tourism minister reportedly sent, demanding better security The Tunisian minister of tourism reportedly sent a letter to all hotels in his country demanding an upgrade in security in the wake of the Bardo museum terror attack and before the mass shooting in Sousse, an inquest has heard. Show More Summary

Judiciary Cites “Lost” Case Files in Denying Man Imprisoned for 23 Years Medical Care

Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari, imprisoned in Tehran for the past 23 years, has told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that even though his prison warden sent a letter on his behalf, the Judiciary has denied his urgent request for medical furlough (temporary leave), claiming they have “lost” his case files. “I have spent […]

Eventually, We’re all Good Singers! Right?

Dubai Events and Nightlife Blog | ClockOff Dubai Events and Nightlife Blog | ClockOff - Music & Entertainment, Dubai Nightlife and Events You don’t have to buy a big fat ticket everytime you want to see a rockstar, You can be your own rockstar for few hours at these places and that would be a million dollar feeling. Show More Summary

Iraq's Marsh Arabs test the waters as wetlands ruined by Saddam are reborn

In the country’s southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained The morning of 20 January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Show More Summary

Israeli Arab killed in clashes with police over home demolitions

Police say man killed in Bedouin village was a terrorist who tried to ram them with car, but local residents say he did not At least one Israeli Arab has been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators at a protest against home...Show More Summary

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