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Friday morning snow snarled traffic, caused accidents

In St. Clairsville, a parked wreck truck suddenly slid over a hill. The road had to be closed, and it took a while to get it out. At the Ohio State Highway Patrol, every trooper was responding to numerous accidents. “Oh, we had a lot of people stuck, a lot of people stuck in ditches,” said Sgt. Joe Weaver of the Ohio State ...

Australia Removes Last Asylum-Seeker Children From Detention

Australia has removed the last asylum-seeker children from detention on the remote island of Nauru, ending one of the most contentious parts of the nation’s border-protection policy. The final four children and their families have been approved to fly to the U.S. for resettlement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement Sunday. There were 109 children in detention when ...

Lebanon finally has a new government. Here are three reasons for cautious optimism.

After a nine-month deadlock marked by political bickering, a struggling economy and massive growing public debt, Lebanon’s political elite finally agreed Thursday on the formation of a new government. The compromise among Lebanon’s sectarian political factions will certainly inject some much-needed social normalcy and stability, and the new government will historically include four women ministers, among them Raya al-Hassan, leading the ...

As Hezbollah Rises in Lebanon’s Government, Fears About U.S. Response Follow

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s newly formed government, which gives the Islamist movement Hezbollah key ministries, has raised concerns that the country could run afoul of sanctions by the United States that prohibit material support for the Iran-backed group. On Friday, the United States warned Hezbollah against propping up its agenda with its new position, which includes key posts in Lebanon’s ...

British man and family plead for asylum after hiding in Australia in fear of Russian threats

A British man who leaked financial information about one of Russia’s most powerful politicians is pleading with the Australian government to allow his family to live in the country, despite their claim for asylum having been refused. In 2014 Nicholas Stride provided secret documents to media about the financial dealings of Russia’s former deputy prime minister, Igor Shuvalov, when he ...

Australia’s Heat Wave Is Taking A Toll On People, Animals, Infrastructure And Land

It’s summertime in Australia, and the country is in the throes of a record-breaking heat wave that has brought suffering to humans, animals and land. Temperatures in the south have soared past 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Australia’s State Emergency Service declared the heat wave a threat to public safety, as an increasing number of Australians have called ambulances and gone to hospitals in Adelaide for ...

Egypt TV host gets year in prison for interviewing gay man

An Egyptian court has sentenced a TV presenter to a year in prison for interviewing a gay sex worker on his show. Mohammed el-Gheiti was found guilty of encouraging immorality over an August 2018 segment in which the guest described his profession. El-Gheiti, who can appeal the ruling, was fined around $170 and is free pending a final verdict. The ...

In pics: Heavy fog hits Egypt, ports

CAIRO – 22 January 2019: Egyptian cities and some of its port were hit by a heavy fog on Tuesday which led to block traffic in many areas. The General Directorate of Traffic appealed to citizens to exercise caution while driving especially highways and desert, also stressed the citizens following some general guidelines before moving by car and following traffic ...

CyberSouth: Advanced Judicial Training on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence in Lebanon

Council of Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in Lebanon organised on 16, 17 and 19 of January 2019, under the framework of CyberSouth project, an advanced judicial training on cybercrime and electronic evidence. This training session was delivered to the magistrates who successfully completed the initial training session that took place in September 2018. The aim of ...

Aya Maasarwe: Murdered student’s body flown home from Australia

The family of an Israeli Arab student whose murder has shocked Australia have left the nation with her body, hours after her father gave a moving tribute. Aya Maasarwe, 21, died in Melbourne last week. Police have since charged a man with her rape and murder. Ms Maasarwe’s death has led to much public anger, and renewed debate about women’s safety ...