Monthly Archives: May 2017

Australia Plans to Revoke Child Sex Offenders’ Passports to Combat Sex Tourism

The Australian government plans to revoke the passports of registered child sex offenders in a significant effort to help combat the booming child sex trade in Asia, officials announced this week. Under the proposed legislation, about 20,000 people on the country’s sex offender registry would be prohibited from leaving the country. Child sex tourists from Australia are among the most ...

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Iraq: Popular Mobilisation Forces make gains in Mosul outskirts

In Northern Iraq, government forces are pressing forward with their offensive on ISIL-held areas in Mosul. The United Nations is warning of the grave danger posed to civilians as the final stages of the battle loom. But it’s not just Iraqi troops that are capturing ISIL-held areas. Shia militias have advanced to the Syrian border – and some Sunni and ...

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Iran threatens to let Russian cos develop Farzad B gas field after India plans to cut oil purchase

After India said it planned to order less Iranian crude oil, Iran has threatened to let Russian companies enter the race for developing the Farzad B gas field. The Times of India reported that if Iran does indeed go through with this, the part of the oil field which the consortium of Indian state-run entities get will be much smaller. ...

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Egypt to Continue Bombing ‘Anyone Sponsoring’ Terror in Libya After Attack on Christians

Egypt is expected to move ahead with more airstrikes against jihadists in neighboring Libya in response to the most recent attack against the Christian minority in the North African country that killed at least 29 people and injured about 24 others. The airstrikes against Libya-based terrorists are intended “to get rid of them and to limit their ability to threaten ...

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ISIS attack Egyptian bus killing 29 Coptic Christians

Egyptian officials said attackers who massacred Christians near a monastery had trained in militant camps in Libya which it targeted with air strikes, after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. The air force loyal to Egypt-backed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said it had joined the Egyptian air strikes on Friday following the attack on Copts that killed 29 people. But ...

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Mattis: North Korea military solution would be ‘tragic on an unbelievable scale’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” and said Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution. “We are going to continue to work the issue,” Mattis told a Pentagon news conference. “If this goes to a military solution, it’s going to be ...

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Iran Extends Voting Deadline in First Presidential Election Since It Agreed to Limit Its Nuclear Program

(TEHRAN) — Iranians continued voting into the evening on Friday in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani looked to fend off a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the 68-year-old cleric’s more moderate policies, which paved the way for the nuclear ...

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Jordan, Iraq on ‘good ground’ for joint work, country reconstruction — Iraqi president

AMMAN – The relationship between Jordan and Iraq is “as strong as ever” and based on mutual interests, rather than “political courtesy”, Iraqi President Fuad Massoum said on Friday. At a press conference, he noted that the two countries have “good ground” for joint work, stressing Iraq’s willingness to see the Kingdom engage in the post-war reconstruction efforts in his ...

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Apparent Howlin’ Ray’s Ripoff Hot Chicken Restaurant Springs Up in Australia

There seems to be a Howlin’ Ray’s ripoff restaurant preparing to make its debut soon, all the way out in Australia. Not only is the red-lettered eatery with the modern chicken logo preparing Nashville-style hot chicken, they’ve taken the name Howlin’ Jay’s. As if the rhyming name weren’t enough of a tell, you can see the similarities across the spectrum ...

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Egyptian actors’ Syria visit sparks uproar at home

Cairo: An Egyptian delegation of film actors and directors this week visited the Syrian capital Damascus, triggering uproar at home. The visitors included celebrated actors Elham Shahin and Farouq Al Feshawi as well as filmmakers Omar Abdul Aziz and Mohsen Fouda, who also heads the Egyptian Actors ‘Association. The trip came days after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al ...

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