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Monday, February 1, 2016
Israel's cultural class is increasingly alarmed by what many see as a tightening noose on freedom of expression, as a hard-line government minister seeks to cut off funding for artists who are critical of the state and activists accuse them of outright treason.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Syrian opposition vows not to participate if demands not met
The main Syrian opposition delegation vowed Saturday not to participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the government unless their demands are met, including lifting the siege imposed on rebel-held areas and an end to Russian and Syrian bombardment of regions controlled by opposition fighters.
33 migrants drown as boat sinks off Turkey coast
A boat smuggling migrants to Greece slammed into rocks off the Turkish coast Saturday and capsized, killing at least 33 people including five children, as the choppy Aegean Sea continued to claim asylum seekers' lives this month at an appalling pace, officials said.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
A U.N. official said Syrian peace talks will begin in Geneva as planned Friday, despite an ongoing boycott by the main Syrian opposition group which continues to stay away pending assurances from the U.N. chief on the implementation of Security Council resolutions related to humanitarian issues.
Two gunmen wearing suicide bomb belts attacked a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, an assault that killed at least two people and wounded seven, authorities said.
U.S and British intelligence cracked the codes of Israeli drones operating in the Middle East and monitored their surveillance feeds for almost 20 years, according to documents leaked by an American whistleblower and published in international media on Friday.
'The sun will never set on TOLO,' says surviving TV channel reporter
Shakeela Ebrahimkhel had just finished editing a video report for TOLO TV, Afghanistan's largest private broadcaster, when she got word of a suicide bombing near the Russian embassy in west Kabul.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Chaotic run-up to Syria peace talks reflects big gap
The invitations are sent and preparations are underway at the U.N.'s Palais des Nations in Geneva, where the first peace talks in two years on the conflict in Syria are to begin Friday.
The United Nations says the number of besieged areas in Syria's conflict has risen to 18, up from 15 earlier this month, with as many as half a million people now affected.
Three Al-Jazeera journalists who were abducted in the war-ravaged Yemeni city of Taiz have been released, the network said in a statement on Thursday as one of the released reporters accused Shiite rebels of being behind the kidnapping.
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