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Iran: 11 people hanged for Drug dealing

Aug 18, Tehran: 11 prisoners who were accused of drug-related and felony crimes executed in Bandar Abbas and Minab prisons. The offenders who had been reportedly sentenced to the death penalty for holding 398 Kgs of drugs including more than 70 kilos of Heroin, 200 Kgs of opium, 105 Kgs of Crack Cocaine (the freebase form of cocaine that can be smoked), 4 K.G Hashish (Marijuana), 19 K.G Morphine, were hanged by gallows in the prisons of Bandar Abbas and Minab. The Islamic...[ ] Full Article

At least 22 people killed in twin suicide blast in Iraq’s Fallujah

July 22, Baghdad: At least 22 Iraqi soldiers and fighters from the Popular Mobilisation Forces have been killed and dozens were injured in a double suicide car attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in east Fallujah, local police sources said. The attack was carried out with a confiscated Iraqi army Humvee and an armoured army vehicle at the Harariyat village, part of al-Karmah town. Both blasts targetted a congregation of Iraqi army soldiers and...[ ] Full Article

Four international reporters missing in north Syria: CPJ

July 22, Beirut: At least four international journalists have been reported missing in northern Syria in two separate incidents in the past month, in the latest indication of the profound dangers of reporting from inside the war-torn country. “The disappearance of these four journalists underscores that Syria remains an extremely risky place for the press,” said CPJ’s Middle East Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour from Washington D.C....[ ] Full Article

Pak can facilitate reconciliation process in Afghanistan: Nat’l Security Adviser Aziz, tells The Oslo Times

Pakistan‘s National Security Adviser, economist and strategist Sartaj Aziz, who is also a key adviser to Pakistan‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke to The Oslo Times International News Network’s Editor-in-Chief Hatef Mokhtar, about his trip to Oslo The importance of education in the developing World and Afghan-Pak relations and the advances the two governments have made in this regards. The Excerpts below give us an insight into the interesting talk that...[ ] Full Article

AIDS is a human rights issue: UN Secretary-General

July 4, London: Ending the AIDS epidemic – in all places and all communities – is essential to realizing the vision of a life of dignity for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Barbados at the Caribbean region launch of a major new United Nations report the calls for scaling up an inclusive, rights-based and stigma-free response to wipe out the deadly disease. “A quarter of a million people in this region live with HIV. The governments here...[ ] Full Article

Cuba and US agree to reopen embassies on July 20

July 2, Washington: The US and Cuba have agreed to re-open embassies and re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War. This third assignment in Cuba, working to bring an end to more than a half-century of hostilities between the two countries. Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchanged letters on Wednesday agreeing to unfreeze ties on July 20, when embassies in Washington and Havana can be reopened. The US...[ ] Full Article

Over 200 rights groups demand freedom for Congolese youth activists

June 17, Brazzaville: Congolese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two activists who were arrested three months ago, on March 15, 2015, during a pro-democracy youth workshop in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a coalition of 14 international and 220 Congolese rights organizations said today. Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala were arrested at a workshop organized to launch “Filimbi,” a platform to encourage Congolese youth to peacefully...[ ] Full Article
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