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Egypt Refers Two Officials to Court for Migrant Boat Capsizing

CAIRO, Dec 3 – Egypt has referred two maritime inspection officials to trial for their role in the capsizing of a migrant ship that led to the death of over 200 earlier this year, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. A boat carrying about 450 people capsized off Egypt’s northern coast in September. Some 202 bodies were subsequently recovered ...

In Iraq, family honors a son’s fight for national unity against ISIS

AL-DIWANIYAH, IRAQ — The last moments of the Iraqi special forces officer came in the nondescript outskirts of Mosul, amid tight house-to-house combat against jihadists of the so-called Islamic State. In one scene, a BBC Arabic television crew captures the hulking sergeant-major of Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) kicking through the door of a house. In the next, the officer steps ...

Iraq’s refugees: Life after IS

BBC Radio 5 live has been reporting from Iraq on the stories of women, children and men who have fled from the forces of the so-called Islamic State. Reporter Nick Garnett reflects on his time there. As Anna Foster, presenter of 5 live Drive, and I sat opposite one another deep into the night editing video and audio, we had ...

British woman can adopt girl found in box in Egypt, judge rules

A British woman can adopt a girl who was abandoned in a cardboard box on a street in Egypt shortly after birth, a high court judge has decided. Ms Justice Russell ruled that the woman, an NHS administrator, can bring up the six-year-old in the UK, despite objections from Egyptian authorities. The judge revealed details in a written ruling on ...

Schlumberger Signs Early Oil Deal With Iran

Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oil driller by market value, said Sunday it had signed a preliminary deal to study an Iranian oil field, as Donald Trump’s presidential victory has yet to deter U.S.-connected companies from dealing with Tehran. The contract is one of the most prominent signed since the Nov. 8 election. Mr. Trump has vowed to undo a ...

Prosecutor: 5 detained were part of ISIS plans to attack France

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Five suspects in custody after police raids last weekend had pledged allegiance to ISIS and were being directed to attack France by ISIS members in the Middle East, French prosecutor Francois Molins said Friday. The suspects’ plans were communicated by encrypted messages from ISIS members in Iraq and Syria, he told reporters in Paris. Four people ...

Israeli Blazes Damage Almost as Much Land as 2010 Carmel Fire

Last week’s fires were about 80 percent as bad with a similar problem: Pine forests might now expand at the expense of natural woodland Israel’s five days of fires have burned more than 20,000 dunams (5,000 acres) of forest, brushland and other open space, a similar scope as the record 2010 Carmel fire, the Jewish National Fund and the Israel ...

Egyptian ex-president Mohamed Morsy’s death sentence overturned

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG An Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence handed to ousted President Mohamed Morsy. The Court of Cassation overturned the May 2015 sentence and ordered a new trial. Morsy had been sentenced to death over a jailbreak during the chaos of the 2011 Arab Spring protests. Morsy and the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood ...

Iran considers naval bases in Syria, Yemen

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s chief of staff of the armed forces said Saturday that Tehran may be interested in setting up naval bases in both Syria and Yemen, the semi-official Tasnim reported. “Maybe, at some point we will need bases on the shores of Yemen and Syria,” the report by Tasnim quoted Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri as saying. “Having naval ...

Nigerian officers killed 150 peaceful protesters, Amnesty report claims

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Nigerian security forces have killed at least 150 people in a series of attacks against the largely peaceful pro-Biafra secessionist movement, according to a report by Amnesty International. The report finds “overwhelming evidence that Nigerian security forces committed gross human rights violations” at a number of public gatherings in the country’s southern region since August 2015. ...

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