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Saudi Arabia faces increased heat, humidity, precipitation extremes by mid-century

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is at a crossroads. Recent long-term studies of the area indicate that rising temperatures and evaporation rates will likely further deplete scarce water resources critical to meeting the nation’s agricultural, industrial, and domestic needs; more extreme flooding events could endanger lives, economic vitality, and infrastructure; and a combination of…

Women in Iran: Political representation without rights

The Islamic Republic of Iran recently announced that, 41 years after its establishment, it is now welcoming the possibility of women’s leadership at the highest levels of government. The declaration was more of a clarification of existing provisions, rather than the issuance of new guidelines. Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a spokesman for the Guardian Council, a…

Iran tries to mediate cease-fire between Azerbaijan, Armenia

Oct 29, 2020As the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues on Iran’s northwestern border, Iranian military officials have warned about the escalation as government officials travel to the neighboring countries in order to broker peace.Alireza Sabahifard, commander of the Iranian army’s Air Defense Force, said, “We will not give permission to any country to violate Iran’s…

Bahrain commites to combatting anti-Semitism – IJN

WASHINGTON — A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the US State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel.Elan Carr, left, and Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, sign an agreement to combat anti-Semitism, Oct. 22, 2020. (JTA)The memorandum of understanding, signed Oct. 22 in Washington, DC, marks the first time an…

Roundup: Iran’s total COVID-19 cases near 600,000, as Iran, Morocco, Lebanon set new records in daily infections

Video PlayerCloseCAIRO, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) — Iran broke a new record for daily COVID-19 infections on Thursday with 8,293 new cases, pushing its tally of coronavirus cases to 596,941. Meanwhile, Morocco and Lebanon also reported highest daily COVID-19 cases.The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 34,113 in Iran, the hardest-hit country in the…