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Sistani succession causes political instability in Iraq

Besides Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, few religious leaders today command as much respect among Muslims and non-Muslims alike as Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the 91-year-old “supreme marja” of the world’s Shiite Muslims. Al-Sistani was a disciple of Ayatollah Abu Al-Qasim Al-Khoei, who was for decades the most renowned religious …

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Merkle, leaving office, visiting Israel for last time

Germany’s outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel will tour Israel’s national Holocaust memorial on Sunday and hold talks with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in her final official visit to the country after 16 years in power. Merkel, making her eighth visit to Israel since taking office in 2005, is expected to lay …

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Netanyahu faces right-wing challenge as election looms

A right-wing challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a March Israeli election gained momentum on Wednesday with the defection of a long-time ally to an upstart rival party. In a letter announcing his resignation from Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and parliament, Zeev Elkin, a minister in successive Netanyahu governments, …

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Rouhani voices gratitude for Trump’s departure

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday he was happy that Donald Trump was leaving office, calling him “the most lawless US president” and a “terrorist.” “We are not overjoyed about Mr. Biden’s arrival, but we are happy about Trump leaving,” Rouhani said in a televised speech to the cabinet. …

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Somali politicians want US forces to remain

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Somalia in the waning days of his presidency triggered dismay on Saturday from some Somalis, who appealed to the incoming U.S. president to reverse the decision. “The U.S. decision to pull troops out of Somalia at this critical stage in …

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Iran believes second Trump term could be good for it

Joe Biden plans to scrap what he calls the “dangerous failure” of President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure policy on Iran should he win the U.S. election, but after years of confrontation his diplomacy-first approach to a historic Middle East foe could prove an unforgiving challenge. Vice president under President Barack …

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Biden a threat to cordial US-Saudi relations

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince enjoyed a near free pass under his personal relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, but the kingdom’s brazen young leader will have to tread more carefully should Democrats take the White House and reset strategic ties. Riyadh’s human rights record, with the brutal 2018 murder of …

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Netanyahu premiership under Supreme Court investigation

Israel’s Supreme Court began a two-day hearing on Sunday to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted for corruption, will be allowed to form a new government. A ruling against Netanyahu would likely trigger a snap election, the fourth since April 2019, as the country grapples with …

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Trump says China wants him out of office

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November. In an interview in the Oval Office, Trump talked tough on China and said he was looking at different …

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Gantz and Netanyahu reconcile differences

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist election rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement on Monday to form an emergency coalition government that would end a year of political deadlock. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White party issued a joint statement saying they had signed a unity …

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Outrage in Israel as Gantz compromises with Netanyahu

Israel appeared headed for a unity government on Friday after opposition leader Benny Gantz moved towards an agreement with Prime Minister Benjmain Netanyahu, disappointing voters who had hoped to bring down the right-wing premier. Gantz was elected parliamentary speaker on Thursday with support from Netanyahu’s Likud and allied parties, leaving …

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Trump refuses to shake Pelosi’s hand at speech

It was a historic State of the Union Address – conducted the day after the Democrat’s chaotic Iowa caucuses and the day before the Senate renders its verdict in the president’s impeachment trial. At times belligerent, at times emotional, Donald Trump delivered what will probably be his final speech to …

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Netanyahu forced into unity government with opposition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz launched negotiations on Monday over a proposed Israeli unity government and a key politician said the focus was on who would lead it first under a rotation deal. After failing to secure a clear victory in the second election in six …

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Facebook closes ‘spam’ pages linked to Brazil poll

Social media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook issued a statement saying it had acted against the pages and accounts linked to Raposos Fernandes Associates (RFA) “for violating …

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Suicide blast kills 128 at Pakistan election rally

A suicide bomber targeting a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday killed 128 people, an official said, the deadliest in a string of attacks on campaign events that have raised security fears ahead of nationwide polls. The blast – which was claimed by the Daesh extremist group – ripped through …

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Russia’s Putin boasts of all-powerful nuclear missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear-powered missile with an unlimited range that is also completely immune to enemy intercept. Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the cruise missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the …

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Vladimir Putin says he’ll run for reelection. Nobody is surprised.

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, he of the perennial 80 percent approval ratings, declared his intention Wednesday to run for reelection, essentially guaranteeing a new six-year term for the Kremlin leader. “I will nominate my candidacy for the post of the president of the Russian Federation,” Putin said at a rally and a concert at …

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UK’s May says sorry for poor election, vows social reforms

British Prime Minister Theresa May apologized to her party Wednesday for a disastrous election result and promised economic help for struggling families, as she tried to restore momentum to a divided government. In a Conservative Party conference speech full of idealistic language but interrupted by a prankster, May said the …

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