Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

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The current map of Palestine is often described as resembling "Swiss cheese". Over the past century it has been carved up, walled-in and filled with hundreds of illegal Israeli settlements and military checkpoints. Now, in the latest round of Israel's ongoing occupation and policy of land-grabs this map could become even more disjointed. On July…
Iran declines to disclose cause of fire at Natanz nuclear site

Iran declines to disclose cause of fire at Natanz nuclear site

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Iranian investigators have determined the cause of a fire at the Natanz nuclear plant, a spokesman for Iran's top security body said on Friday, while declining to immediately release details of the findings over "security reasons". The National Security Council's statement came as Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's civilian defence, told state television that…
Hong Kong man accused of ‘terrorism’ under new Chinese law

Hong Kong man accused of ‘terrorism’ under new Chinese law

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A man carrying a "Liberate Hong Kong" sign as he drove a motorcycle into police at a protest against the territory's Chinese rulers has become the first person to be charged with inciting secession and "terrorism" under a new national security law. Beijing imposed the legislation on the former British territory earlier this week despite protests…
Russia denies report spy unit paid Taliban to attack NATO forces

Russia denies report spy unit paid Taliban to attack NATO forces

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Russia and the Taliban have denied a media report saying that a Russian military intelligence unit had offered money to Taliban-linked fighters to kill US troops and other members of the NATO coalition operating in Afghanistan.  The New York Times report says that US intelligence officials concluded several months ago that the Russian unit had…
Trump blasts ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ at Mount Rushmore

Trump blasts ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ at Mount Rushmore

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US President Donald Trump railed on Friday against "angry mobs" that tried to tear down statues of Confederate leaders and other historical figures, warning thousands of supporters at Mount Rushmore that protesters were trying to erase the country's history. The speech and fireworks on the eve of the United States's Independence Day came against the backdrop…
Trump ‘not welcome’ at Mt Rushmore: Native American leader

Trump ‘not welcome’ at Mt Rushmore: Native American leader

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US President Donald Trump will be an unwanted guest of the Sioux People as he begins his July Fourth celebration weekend with a massive event on Friday where masks and social distancing are not required as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner wrote a letter informing Trump he was not welcome…
Iraqi forces raid Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah base, 14 arrested

Iraqi forces raid Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah base, 14 arrested

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Iraqi security forces have raided a base belonging to a powerful Iran-backed armed group in southern Baghdad and detained at least 14 members of the group, government and security sources have told Al Jazeera. The raid late on Thursday was the most brazen action by Iraqi forces against a major Iran-backed group in years and…
‘Emerging evidence’ on airborne coronavirus transmission: Live

‘Emerging evidence’ on airborne coronavirus transmission: Live

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The United States has officially notified the UN secretary-general of the country's withdrawal from the World Health Organization. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying its severity. A top Israeli health official resigns saying her guidance on combatting coronavirus was being disregarded and containment efforts were "disoriented". Nearly 11.6 million…
Black Lives Matter protest turns deadly in US state of Kentucky

Black Lives Matter protest turns deadly in US state of Kentucky

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Authorities were investigating a fatal shooting on Saturday night at a park in the US state of Kentucky, where anti-racism demonstrators had gathered to protest against the death of a Black woman, Breonna Taylor. Reports that shots were fired at Jefferson Square Park came in around 9pm, Louisville Metro police said in a statement, followed…
Iraq: 14 militia members under investigation after base raid

Iraq: 14 militia members under investigation after base raid

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Iraq's military authorities have confirmed elite forces have detained 14 militia members who remain in custody amid an ongoing investigation. Friday's statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command came hours after sources said the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) had raided a base in southern Baghdad of Kataib Hezbollah (KH), an Iran-backed group which the United States…