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Turkish cargo plane crashes on houses in Kyrgyzstan, kills over 37 people

  • 16 January 2017 - 20:01
Turkish cargo plane crashes on houses in Kyrgyzstan, kills over 37 people

BBC - A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, most of them on the ground, officials say. The Boeing 747 TC-MCL aircraft operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it landed in fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 miles) north of the capital,...

Egyptian court rejects transferring islands to Saudi Arabia

  • 16 January 2017 - 19:59
Egyptian court rejects transferring islands to Saudi Arabia

Al-Jazeera - A top Egyptian court has issued a final ruling rejecting a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that had provoked outrage among Egyptians and prompted rare protests. Cheers broke out in the Cairo courtroom as the judge read out...

Syrian government shelling kills a dozen civilians in Wadi Barada, Damascus

  • 16 January 2017 - 19:51
Syrian government shelling kills a dozen civilians in Wadi Barada, Damascus

Al-Jazeera - Troops allied to the Syrian government have shelled a village in a rebel-controlled area near its capital Damascus, killing at least seven civilians, according to a monitoring group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said shells hit al-Reem banquet hall in...

IS launches terrorist attacks on eastern Syria, killing dozens

  • 15 January 2017 - 22:39
IS launches terrorist attacks on eastern Syria, killing dozens

BBC - Islamic State militants have launched a fierce assault on government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, with dozens reportedly killed. Twelve government soldiers and 20 IS fighters were killed, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. At least two...

Bahrain executes three Shia men over murder charges

  • 15 January 2017 - 22:35
Bahrain executes three Shia men over murder charges

Bahrain has executed three Shia men who were convicted of killing three police officers in a bomb attack in March 2014, the authorities say, wrote the BBC. They were killed by a firing squad on Sunday, state news agency BNA reports. Human rights officials say there are serious concerns that...

Iraqi forces seize Mosul University, advance on IS-held areas

  • 15 January 2017 - 22:32
Iraqi forces seize Mosul University, advance on IS-held areas

BBC - Iraqi forces have seized full control of Mosul University in their battle with so-called Islamic State, Iraqi state television said. Military forces have been attempting to retake the city - the last major IS stronghold in Iraq - since October. Iraqi officials said the IS group...

Palestinian President warns US of moving embassy to Jerusalem

  • 15 January 2017 - 13:39
Palestinian President warns US of moving embassy to Jerusalem

BBC - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has warned that peace could suffer if President-elect Donald Trump carries out plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He spoke at the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See, after meeting Pope Francis. The...

Southern Algeria protests cutting electricity subsidies by government

  • 15 January 2017 - 13:33
Southern Algeria protests cutting electricity subsidies by government

Al-Jazeera - Algerian politicians reversed course last month after voting to cut electricity subsidies - the first price rise in more than a decade. In December, legislators slashed the price of electricity by 65 percent for those living in the Sahara Desert, while at the same time passing new...

Israel air raids Mazzah military airport in Syria

  • 14 January 2017 - 12:31
Israel air raids Mazzah military airport in Syria

The Syrian army has retaken a village in the strategic Wadi Barada area in the countryside of Damascus, which hosts water supplies to the capital and its surroundings. Troops on Thursday advanced into the village of Bassimeh where Damascus’ main river Barada as well as a spring supplying...

Russia compromised Donald Trump, US Intel. report says

  • 11 January 2017 - 14:43
Russia compromised Donald Trump, US Intel. report says

Vox - Late on Tuesday afternoon, CNN dropped an absolute bombshell of a story — the heads of America’s top intelligence agencies showed President-elect Donald Trump evidence that the Russian government may have “compromising personal and financial” information on him and that his campaign...