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Iran sentences three to death in drive against economic crimes

DUBAI Special courts set up in a drive against financial crime have sentenced three people to death in Iran, state television reported on Sunday, as the country faces renewed U.S. sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption. A judiciary official also warned truck drivers holding a nationwide strike …

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Classmates mourn 12-year-old Palestinian schoolboy shot dead by Israeli troops on Gaza border

KHAN YOUNIS (GAZA STRIP_ The school friends of Nassir al-Mosabeh sat tearfully in their classroom in Khan Younis on Sunday and mourned their 12-year-old friend who was killed in a protest on the Gaza-Israel border. Gaza health officials said Israeli soldiers on Friday shot dead seven Palestinians, who were among …

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Security services in Syria’s Raqqa uncover Islamic State sleeper cell

BEIRUT Security forces in northern Syria’s Raqqa city said on Sunday they had uncovered an Islamic State sleeper cell which was plotting series of large attacks across the devastated city. Raqqa served as the de facto capital of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate until it was retaken by the Kurdish-led Syrian …

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WATCH | Pakistani bureaucrat caught ‘stealing’ wallet of Kuwaiti diplomat, suspended

A top Pakistani bureaucrat was suspended after he was captured on CCTV allegedly “stealing” a Kuwaiti delegate’s wallet has been suspended. Zarrar Haider Khan, who is the joint secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production and a BS-20 officer of the elite Pakistan Administrative Service cadre, has reportedly been suspended …

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Egyptian court sentences woman activist to jail for ‘false news’ over sexual harassment video

CAIRO An Egyptian court has sentenced an activist to two years in jail over a video she posted on social media criticising the government for failing to protect women against sexual harassment and over poor living conditions, her lawyer said. Amal Fathy, a member of the now banned April 6 …

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Lt-Gen Asim Munir set to succeed Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar as chief of Pakistan’s powerful ISI spy agency

ISLAMABAD Lt Gen Asim Munir is expected to be the new chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI after its current boss, Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, retires on Monday, according to a media report. The Army Promotion Board headed by Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa approved the promotions of six generals in place of five generals who are retiring on Monday. …

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