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Bad neighbours? Australia and New Zealand ‘not friends’ after deportation row

Adeepening row over the deportation of New Zealand citizens from Australia has pushed relations between the neighbours to new lows, with politicians in Wellington branding their counterparts in Canberra “venal” and calling into question the long-standing friendship between the two nations. Australia has deported more than 1,000 New Zealand citizens in the past two years but the recent detention of a 17-year-old ...

Burr Ridge Doctors Return From Mission Trip In Jordan

BURR RIDGE, IL — Two Burr Ridge doctors and members of the Syrian American Council have returned from Jordan after a week-long mission. According to the council, Dr. Talal Sunbulli, founder of the council, and co-founder Dr. Zaher Sahloul, were able to help the mission provide support to the Syrian people in Jordan and at the Jordanian border. The Syrian ...

Lebanon’s Leadership Vacuum Has Banks Battling for Deposits

Lebanon’s banks are paying the highest interest rates on deposits in almost nine years as lenders seek to shore up their capital to cope with political uncertainty and the high borrowing needs of the government. The weighted average rate on customer deposits in Lebanese pounds climbed to 6.71 percent at the end of May, the highest since December 2009, according ...

Lebanon: Same-Sex Relations Not Illegal

(Beirut) – A district court of appeal in Lebanon issued a groundbreaking ruling on July 12, 2018, that consensual sex between people of the same sex is not unlawful, Human Rights Watch said. The ruling follows similar judgments from lower courts that have declined to convict gay and transgender people of “sexual intercourse contrary to nature” in four separate rulings ...

India expected to be $10 trillion economy by 2030: Subhash Chandra Garg

Indian economy is on a stage of “take off” and is expected to be the world’s third largest by 2030 with GDP worth USD 10 trillion, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said today. “Good days are ahead and lot of good work is happening in the economy. The economy is on a stage of take off where Indians can ...

IRGC busts terror outfit, kills three terrorists near Iraq border

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has smashed a terror outfit and killed three terrorists in the west of the country near the border with Iraq. In a statement on Saturday, the Najaf Ashraf Base of the IRGC Ground Forces said it had identified and completely destroyed a “counter-revolutionary terrorist group” that planned to carry out acts of sabotage and ...

Iraq: Protests rage over poor public services, unemployment

Iraq has placed its security forces on high alert after protests against high unemployment and a lack of basic services in the country’s southern provinces spread to the capital, Baghdad. The nationwide directive on Saturday was issued overnight by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who also serves as the country’s commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Reinforcement soldiers from both the Counter Terrorism Service and the Army’s ...

Watch: Shakira and son say ‘Hello Lebanon’ in Arabic over Beirut skies

Colombian-Lebanese singer Shakira visited on Friday her father Lebanese home town of Tannourine in northern Lebanon as part of her visit where she is expected to perform at a concert –  her second, in the same town – with an estimated audience of 13,000 attending. The singer and performer arrived amid tight security to the mountainous town of Tannourine from ...

Egypt convicts 37 people for human organ trafficking

An Egyptian court convicted 37 people on Thursday who faced charges relating to the illicit trade in human organs, Reuters has reported. They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years. One suspect died before the trial. Under Egyptian law, defendants have 60 days to appeal against their convictions. The Cairo Criminal Court also cleared three people ...

Egypt discovers mummification workshop

The site was last excavated more than 100 years ago. CAIRO — Archaeologists in Egypt stumbled upon a new discovery dating back more than 2,500 years near Egypt’s famed pyramids at an ancient necropolis south of Cairo. The discovery, which includes a mummification workshop and a shaft used as a communal burial place, is located at the Saqqara necropolis of ...

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