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Nigeria president rules out amnesty for militant bandits

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against the ethnic profiling of criminals in the battle against insecurity, ruling out the possibility of granting amnesty to criminals. The president promised to deal decisively with bandits, kidnappers, and insurgents threatening national security. Buhari's stance comes after several northern leaders called for amnesty for...

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Africa: Will Africa ever get the COVID vaccine?

FPA - Monrovia — With a reported death toll of more than one hundred thousand and more than three million reported cases, the African continent appears to be at the bottom of the pile of countries likely to receive vaccines for the deadly Coronavirus. Such disparity is driving concerns among regional stakeholders fearing the lack of...

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Hamas launches Covid vaccinations in Gaza

GAZA CITY: A coronavirus vaccination campaign was launched in Gaza Monday using doses provided by the Palestinian Authority and the United Arab Emirates, with health workers set to be inoculated first. The first jab in the Israeli-blockaded territory controlled by Hamas Islamists since 2007 was symbolically given to former Palestinian health minister Riyad Zaanoun at a...

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IAEA & Iran Issues joint statement after reaching ‘Temporary Understanding’

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have issued a joint statement after reaching a “temporary bilateral technical understanding” during the visit of the IAEA chief to Tehran. According to the statement released on Sunday night, after bilateral talks between IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi and the AEOI Chief Ali...

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Syria, Israeli prisoner swap completed in Golan Heights

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) - Thursday saw a Russian mediated prisoner swap with Muhammad Ahmad Hussein and Tariq Ghasab al-Obeidan, both natives of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights of Quneitra province, released. The exchange operation that began yesterday led to the two Syrian captives freed and returned to their hometown in the Quneitra province. Captive Nihal Al-Maqt,...

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Somalia: Heavy gunfire in capital amid election protests

MOGADISHU Heavy gunfire has broken out in Somalia's capital as opposition leaders defied a ban on public gatherings to protest delayed elections. The president's term expired last week without selecting a successor, throwing Somalia into a crisis. Overnight, the government says militiamen attacked army positions in Mogadishu, close to the presidential palace. Most roads in the...

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U.S., Israel building new system that can target missiles in space: reports

The Washington Times reports that the U.S. and Israel are collaborating on a groundbreaking missile defense system that can target and eliminate threats in the atmosphere and in space, officials from the two nations said Thursday. The Arrow 4 system represents the next generation of “endo-exoatmospheric interceptors and will be implemented gradually, officials said, ultimately replacing...

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Dozens injured as earthquake hits southwestern Iran

TEHRAN At least 43 people in Iran have been injured and several properties destroyed in an earthquake that shook the country’s southwestern Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province on Wednesday night, local authorities said on Thursday. According to the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University, the epicenter of the 5.6 magnitude earthquake, which occurred at 10:55 p.m. local...

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UAE-affiliated elements attack Hadi forces in southern Yemen

TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (MNA) –Armed elements affiliated with the UAE in southern Yemen attacked forces of the ousted president Hadi who were going towards the eastern Yemeni province of Marib. According to sources familiar with the matter armed elements affiliated with the so-called "Southern Transitional Council" attacked a convoy of military vehicles belonging to ousted president...

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Facebook Has ‘Unfriended Australia’: Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has labeled Facebook’s decision to ban Australian users from viewing news content as “arrogant” and warned that he is in regular contact with world leaders, who are all contending with how to better regulate Big Tech. “Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services,...

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Gunmen storm Nigerian school and kidnap students

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen attacked a secondary school in Nigeria’s Niger state overnight and abducted many students, the state governor’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The attackers stormed the Government Science college in the Kagara district at around 2 a.m., overwhelming the school’s security detail, local residents said. The spokeswoman said a mass abduction of...

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South Korean spy agency claims North Korean hackers tried stealing Pfizer vaccine know-how

Seoul: North Korea has attempted to steal COVID-19 vaccine technology by hacking Pfizer Inc according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday. South Korea's Yonhap did not report when the alleged hacking took place or whether it was successful. Last year suspected North Korean hackers tried to break into at least nine...

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UN reacts to Iran’s plan to limit IAEA inspection

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – A UN spokesman has reacted to Iran's decision to limit the International Atomic Energy Agency's inspection of the country's nuclear facilities. The United Nations is calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN spokesman Farhan Haq said, commenting on Tehran's plan to limit IAEA inspections...

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Turkey condemns rocket attack in northern Iraq’s Erbil

Turkey on Tuesday condemned Monday’s rocket attack near Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, which left 1 civilian contractor dead, 5 other contractors, and 1 US service member wounded. "We strongly condemn the rocket attacks in Erbil, which are thought to have targeted civilian settlements," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We express our condolences...

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Journalists, activists, go on trial in Iraqi Kurdistan over ‘endangering’ national security

HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region,— A group of journalists and activists from Duhok who were arrested last year and accused of endangering national security, went on trial on Monday in Erbil. Activist Badal Barwari and journalists Sherwan Sherwani and Omed Baroshki are among those set to stand trial and are accused of serious charges of undermining state independence, unity, or...

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Google & Facebook falling in line ‘very soon’ with Australian government media reform bill

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says that there has been "great progress" in talks between the tech giants and Australia in regards to the new Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code, which first emerged in 2019. The purpose of the bill is to establish reciprocity for news and media organizations mandating the tech companies to pay for content...

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