Death by drone: How can states justify targeted killings?

Death by drone: How can states justify targeted killings?

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In a move that caused a ripple effect across the Middle East, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike near Baghdad's international airport on January 3. On that day, the Pentagon announced the attack was carried out "at the direction of the president". Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile attack targeting American troops in Iraq on…
Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

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US President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone on Friday, sparing him from prison after he was convicted of lying under oath to legislators investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Trump's decision to commute Stone's sentence days before he was due to report to prison marked…
World reacts to Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

World reacts to Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship on Friday after a top court ruled the building's conversion to a museum by modern Turkey's founding statesman was illegal. Erdogan made his announcement, just an hour after the court ruling was revealed, despite international warnings not to change the status of…
Survivors recount Bosnia’s Srebrenica genocide, 25 years on

Survivors recount Bosnia’s Srebrenica genocide, 25 years on

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At 4:15pm on July 11, 1995, Bosnia's Srebrenica - a United Nations-protected safe zone where about 50,000 Bosniaks had sought refuge - fell to advancing Serb forces, who claimed the town for a Greater Serbia. "Here we are ... in Serb Srebrenica. On the eve of yet another Serb holiday, we give this town to…
Turkey reconverts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque

Turkey reconverts Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque

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Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared Istanbul's Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled that the building's conversion to a museum by modern Turkey's founding statesman was illegal. Erdogan made the announcement on Friday an hour after the court ruling was revealed, despite international warnings not to change the status…
Brazil’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 70,000: Live updates

Brazil’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 70,000: Live updates

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. Iraqi legislator Ghida Kambash died after contracting the novel coronavirus, becoming the first member of Iraq's parliament to succumb to the virus as its spreads across the country. More than 12.5 million…
Trump says path to citizenship for DACA ‘Dreamers’ in the works

Trump says path to citizenship for DACA ‘Dreamers’ in the works

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A DACA recipient celebrating outside the US Supreme Court last month in Washington, DC following a decision in their favour. US President Donald Trump said on Friday he would soon issue an executive order that includes a path to citizenship for DACA recipients [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters] US President Donald Trump claimed on Friday that he…
Mali anti-gov’t rally turns violent as national TV goes off air

Mali anti-gov’t rally turns violent as national TV goes off air

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A large anti-government demonstration in Mali has descended into chaos as protesters tried to occupy buildings including the national assembly, the national broadcasting house and two major bridges, while police fired tear gas to disperse them. The protest against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, organised by an opposition coalition, is the third such demonstration in two…
Russia, China veto approval of cross-border aid for Syria

Russia, China veto approval of cross-border aid for Syria

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Russia and China have vetoed a last-ditch attempt by members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to extend approval - which expires on Friday - for humanitarian aid to be delivered across two border crossings into Syria from Turkey for the next six months. The UN says millions of Syrian civilians in the northwest…
Hong Kong to suspend schools as coronavirus cases rise: Live

Hong Kong to suspend schools as coronavirus cases rise: Live

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Hong Kong will close all schools from Monday after the territory reported a spike in locally transmitted COVID-19 infections, the city's education minister said. Italy has banned entry to people coming from 13 countries that it said presented an excessive rate of COVID-19 infections. The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in northwest Syria, aid…