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Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll at least 2,121, The Associated Press says

  The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,121 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy. The toll keeps rising from the Sept. 24 disaster outside Mecca as individual countries identify …

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IS militants driven from oil-rich Iraqi town of Beiji

BAGHDAD — Teamed up with paramilitary forces, Iraqi government troops on Tuesday drove Islamic State militants out of a key oil refinery town north of Baghdad, a government spokesman said. The Joint Military Command spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, told The Associated Press that the troops imposed “full control” on …

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Prominent Iranian parliamentarian praises Russian military intervention in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria — An Iranian top parliamentarian says his country’s co-operation with Russia, Syria and Iraq have proved “successful” in fighting terrorism in the region. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s parliament, is due to meet Syrian officials in Damascus on Wednesday. Arriving …

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UN chooses eight communities as champions of disaster risk reduction

  GENEVA, Switzerland, October 13, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Eight communities living with the threat of floods, storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions were today recognised as Champions of Disaster Risk Reduction by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström, said: “Today we …

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Growing Worldwide Opposition to the use of the Death Penalty

MONROVIA, Liberia, On 10 October the world commemorates the World Day against the Death Penalty.  This day was introduced in 2003 by the Worldwide Coalition against the death penalty, a group of nations and organizations including Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Belgium, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and …

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Netanyahu bars lawmakers from Jerusalem holy site after another stabbing

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian stabbed a Jewish seminary student in Jerusalem on Thursday as the Israeli prime minister barred all Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting a sensitive holy site in the Old City in an effort to calm tensions that have gripped the country for weeks. Police spokeswoman Luba …

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New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom’s official toll. The Associated Press count of the dead from the worst …

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ISIS destroys Arch of Triumph in Syria’s Palmyra ruins

(CNN)ISIS militants have destroyed the iconic Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, the latest cultural treasure of the ancient site that they have reduced to rubble, Syrian authorities said. The 1,800-year-old monumental arch, which framed the approach to the Roman city, was blown up Sunday, Syria’s Directorate General for Antiquities and …

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Palestinian flag raised at United Nations headquarters

The Palestinian flag has been raised for the first time at United Nations headquarters in New York. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Mr. Abbas said it was unconscionable that the question of Palestinian statehood remained unresolved. He …

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Iran says it will take legal action against Saudi Arabia over hajj disaster

  TEHRAN, Iran – Iran on Saturday vowed to take international legal action against SaudiArabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed at least 769 people, including 136 Iranians, and has led to an escalation of tensions between the regional archrivals. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel …

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Thai police obtain warrant for Pakistani man in deadly Bangkok bombing

BANGKOK — Thai police on Thursday obtained an arrest warrant for a Pakistani man in connection with last month’s deadly bombing in Bangkok that the authorities blame on a people-smuggling gang that moves ethnic Uighurs out of China. Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said the warrant for Abdul Tawab cites charges …

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