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UPDATE – Diab probe lambasted by political allies in Lebanon

Leading Lebanese parties lambasted charges brought against the prime minister and three former ministers over the Beirut port explosion on Friday, highlighting the political minefield facing the investigation. The heavily armed, Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah movement said the charges smacked of political targeting, joining a wider pushback by influential parties against …

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Lebanon’s acting PM Diab accused of causing Beirut blast

Lebanon’s investigating judge has charged caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three former ministers with negligence over the Beirut port blast that killed 200 people and ruined a swathe of the capital in August. The others are former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil, as well as former public works ministers …

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Saudi Tit for Tat with Houthis

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Wednesday it intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis towards Saudi Arabia’s southern area, state news agency (SPA) reported. For their part Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis targeted and hit military and sensitive objects in Saudi Arabia’s Abha international airport …

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Houthi attacks amidst legal crackdown on movement

A military spokesman for Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said that the group targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport with a number of drones. Yahya Sarea wrote on Twitter “the continuous attack of the drones on Abha International Airport led to disabling it for several hours”. In related developments a Yemeni court in …

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Julian Assange in court

Julian Assange appeared before a British court on Monday to fight an extradition request from the United States which wants to put the 48-year-old on trial for hacking government computers and violating an espionage law. For the main story: Below are the main developments and quotes from the hearing. ** …

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Rouhani’s brother sentened to 5 year in prison

An Iranian court sentenced the brother of President Hassan Rouhani to five years in prison, a judiciary spokesman was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the semi-official Fars news. In May, Hossein Fereydoun was sentenced to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case that the president’s supporters allege was …

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Judaization and Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem among International Warnings of Expansion Plans

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that Jerusalem witnesses continued Judaization operations by the Israeli government, the occupation Municipality, the settlement associations and the Israeli judicial system in order to minimize the Palestinian presence in the city through mass forced …

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UK court upholds ruling in favour of DP World

The High Court of England and Wales in London has upheld an injunction prohibiting the Port de Djibouti, a state-owned port company, from interfering with the management of a joint -venture company. The Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) in Djibouti is a joint venture between Dubai’s DP World and the African …

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India Supreme Court approves passive euthanasia

India’s Supreme Court has given conditional approval for passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia involves withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminally-ill patient. In a landmark judgement, the Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has has also allowed “living will” that will authorise …

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Two senior bankers jailed for embezzling Dh25m

Two senior managers at a multinational bank, who embezzled Dh25 million deposited by an investor in three corporate accounts, won their appeals and had their seven-year imprisonments reduced to five years. In May 2015, the Dubai Court of First Instance jailed the Lebanese woman manager and the American manager to …

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Freed Taliban hostage faces assault charges in Canada

A Canadian man who spent five years with his family in militant captivity in Afghanistan was arrested in Ottawa, his lawyer said. Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, returned to Canada in October with their three children. Now, Boyle is facing 15 charges in connection with incidents alleged to have …

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Judge partially lifts Trump administration ban on refugees

A federal judge in Seattle has partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two advocacy groups argued the policy prevented their clients — all individuals from predominately Muslim countries — from reuniting with family living legally in the United States. U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a preliminary …

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