Friday, August 19

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Iran Court Sentences 8 Men to Death Over IS Attack

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DUBAI, An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced eight men to death over attacks that killed 18 people at the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum last year, in the first deadly operation by Islamic State in the country.The sentence, issued by a Revolutionary Court after a seven-session hearing, can be appealed in Iran's Supreme Court, Musa Ghazanfarabadi, head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court, told state television.Ghazanfarabadi said courts will hear claims later filed by families of the victims against the United States and Saudi Arabia, which mainly Shi'ite Muslim Iran accuses of supporting Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State. Both countries deny that accusation.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the unprecedented attacks in Iran, in which suicide bombers and gu...

Washington calls for the formation of a comprehensive government in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, The US State Department called to form a government "inclusive" responsive to the needs of all Iraqis, while congratulating the Iraqis for holding the elections of the House of Representatives."The United States congratulates the Iraqi people on the parliamentary elections that took place yesterday, where citizens of different ethnic and religious groups cast their ballots in all 18 provinces, including the internally displaced, and made their voices heard," the State Department said in a statement."The newly elected members of parliament will have an important duty to form a comprehensive government that meets the needs of all Iraqis. We hope that this process will move quickly according to the constitutional timetable so that Iraq can continue to move towards a more secure, pros...

Saudi Press

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Riyadh, Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.Al-Riyadh and Al-Yaum newspapers focused on the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal, saying that Iran is trying hard to create a new reality in the region, in addition to winning more time to look for a situation that ensures their continued vandalism in the region."International reactions to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement in 2015 have varied, but concern remains for many of these countries about the excesses of Iran's mullahs supporting terrorism and its behavior," Okaz newspaper said in its editorial today, titled "We Will Make the Bomb." Aggression, which threatens security, peace, and stability in the regio...

Rights Workers Fear Tougher NGO Crackdown in Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled his election manifesto this week for June's snap parliamentary and presidential elections.Pacing the stage of an Istanbul sports stadium filled with flag-waving members of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, the Turkish leader included in his expansive to-do list a pledge to usher in an era of greater democracy and social justice.His record in government, however, belies his social justice pledge, say civil society leaders and analysts. They fear Erdogan will crack down even harder on non-governmental organizations � if, as seen as likely, he's re-elected.Turkey is switching from a parliamentary system to a presidential one and a re-elected Erdogan will have even more sweeping executive powers.Erdogan will become head of state, head of...