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Serbian war criminal Karadzic gets life sentence

UN judges on Wednesday ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in jail for the “sheer scale and systematic cruelty” of his war crimes a quarter of a century ago. Karadzic, 73, stood motionless and grim-faced in the dock as judges said they had upheld his 2016 convictions for genocide and war crimes…

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Iranian Parliament Asks UN Chief to Stop US Relocation of Terrorists from Syria to Afghanistan

“Based on real and impartial information, the US administration and certain governments in Western Asia, which have traditional relations with Salafi terrorism, are transferring the terrorists and specially their defeated leaders from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan,” Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh wrote in a letter to Guterres on Tuesday. Falahatpisheh explained…

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Boeing crisis grows as EU and Canada step up scrutiny of 737 MAX

  The announcements further complicate Boeing’s plan to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of crashes that killed 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia in the past five months. The European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it will not allow any Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly in their airspace until…

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Pope rejects resignation of senior French cardinal convicted of abuse cover-up

  A court in Lyon ruled on March 7 that Barbarin had failed to report allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts by a priest under his authority in the 1980s and early 1990s, handing down a six-month suspended prison sentence to the cardinal. Barbarin denied any wrongdoing, launched an appeal and offered his resignation to Pope Francis. The French…

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British MP to press with parliament bill to recognize Palestine

A member of the British parliament is pushing ahead with legislation in the chamber to recognize the state of Palestine. Layla Moran, a Lib Dem Party member, has announced she will do her utmost to secure the government’s recognition of the Palestinian state during a historic debate in the House of Commons on Friday. Moran, the first Commons member of…

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Austria president: Europe must not dance to Trump’s tune on Iran

  In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt on Monday, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen urged Europe to act independently of the United States regarding its policy towards Iran, among other issues. He also complained that Trump’s pressure on European firms to cut trade with Iran has gone “too far.” Trump “has pulled out from Iran’s nuclear deal, which Washington had negotiated and…

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Italy’s opera house snubs Saudi cash amid human rights concerns

  The Saudi culture ministry had offered a five-year partnership deal with La Scala worth 15 million euros ($17 million). The deal would have allowed the kingdom’s culture minister a seat on the board. Milan’s La Scala opera board put the Saudi proposal up for discussion on Monday and said afterwards that it had decided to return 3.1 million euros…

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UK Security minister speaks like ter. attack organizer: Attacks similar to NZ massacre ‘perfectly possible’ in UK

  Asked to make a statement about the threat of hate crimes, Security and Economic Crime Minister Ben Wallace told the House of Commons on Monday that the threat was real and the country needed to take swift action before another tragedy strikes. “There are different factors at play in the United Kingdom but nevertheless, as I said this morning,…

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British army servicing Saudi jets bombing civilians in Yemen: UK Minister

A British government minister has admitted that his country is servicing fighter jets supplied to Saudi Arabia which are being used in an indiscriminate bombardment of civilians in Yemen. Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster told the parliament on Monday that Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was providing “engineering support”  and “generic training” to Saudi Arabian military in its war on…

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Rezaei: Majority of Expediency Council members against joining FATF

In a Sunday tweet, Rezaei wrote that “under the current sanctions, the majority of the [Expediency Council] members do not agree on joining FATF.” Noting that two FATF-related bills, including the Palermo Bill (United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime), and CFT (Combating Financing of Terrorism), are still being scrutinized by the Council and await the watchdog’s approval, Rezaei highlighted…

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