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Pictures | For Gaza children maimed and disabled in violent border protests, an education in conflict

GAZA CITY When Mazen al-Dalo took two of his young sons to see the Palestinian protests against Israel’s decade-old blockade of Gaza, he knew it could be dangerous. Rock-throwing demonstrators were being shot by Israeli soldiers, and armored Israeli jeeps were firing endless volleys of tear gas into the crowds. …

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8-year-old Maya Merhi, a Syrian girl born without legs, walks on new prosthetics

SERJILLA (SYRIA) Eight-year-old Maya Merhi had to struggle around a Syrian displaced persons camp on artificial limbs made of plastic tubing and tin cans. But now the girl, who was born with no legs due to a congenital condition, is walking on new prosthetics after undergoing treatment in Turkey. Pictures …

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Iran said to hold Australian-based academic Hosseini-Chavoshi on ‘infiltration’ charge

DUBAI Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions, according to official media. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi was detained as she was leaving Iran, the state news agency IRNA said. Hosseini-Chavoshi, a population expert, is affiliated with the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, according …

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Saudi foreign minister rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case

RIYADH Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday ruled out the extradition of suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Istanbul’s chief prosecutor filed warrants for the arrest of two former senior Saudi officials. Turkish officials said last week that the prosecutor’s office had concluded there was “strong suspicion” …

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Iran to stage military drills in Indian Ocean

TEHRAN Iran’s navy has planned to stage large-scale military drills in the Indian Ocean in the coming months, the media reported citing officials. The exercises are aimed to “boost Iran’s naval performance in international waters and to display the country’s military prowess,” Xinhua news agency quoted Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination, Hamzeh Ali Kaviani, …

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Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei urges currency boost to counter US sanctions

DUBAI Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has “ordered” the central bank to boost the value of rial, the bank’s governor said on Saturday, after a months-long plunge in the currency due to a faltering economy and U.S. sanctions. The state news agency IRNA quoted governor Abdolnaser Hemmati as saying …

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