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There can be no ‘going back to normal’ in Iraq

Earlier this year, there was much hope among politically active youth in Iraq that the fall would reignite the revolutionary fervour of last year’s October protests and bring large crowds back to the streets of Iraqi cities.But October came and went and large-scale demonstrations did not take place. Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, once the epicentre of…

Australian leader thrilled at Iran’s release of academic

Nov. 25, 2020 9:34 PM ESTBy NICK PERRYAssociated PressAP-ML-Iran-Australia, 8th Ld-WritethruWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said he’s “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie Moore-Gilbert to process…

Bahrain’s industry minister meets Israeli delegation

By Reuters Staff1 Min Read FILE PHOTO: Bahrain’s Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani speaks during the Gateway Gulf at Manama, Bahrain May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain’s industry minister on Wednesday met with the chairman of Israel’s trade promotion agency and the chief executive of Israel’s…

Iran Frees British-Australian Scholar in Prisoner Swap

AdvertisementContinue reading the main story Iranian state media said the scholar, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, was released in return for three Iranians. Social media identified the Iranians as men detained in Thailand on bomb plot charges. A still image from a video of Kylie Moore-Gilbert in 2017. The British-Australian scholar was serving a ten-year sentence in Iran’s notorious…

Saudi Arabia: Loujain al-Hathloul’s trial exposes hypocrisy on women’s empowerment

Responding to a Saudi Arabian judge’s decision to transfer human rights defender Loujain al-Hathloul’s case to Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) following a trial session today, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Lynn Maalouf, said:”With Saudi Arabia’s human rights record back in the spotlight as it hosts the…

Iran dismisses prospect of war

TEHRAN – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said on Wednesday that the enemy no longer thinks of military confrontation with Iran, underlining that the enemy has focused on undermining the Islamic establishment’s morale instead.“Military war has been excluded from the enemy’s options,” Salami told reporters on Wednesday, adding…

Denmark assumes command of NATO Mission Iraq

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “I thank Major-General Carignan for her outstanding leadership during a very challenging period. I wish Lieutenant General Pugholm Olsen every success as new commander and I look forward to working with him, as we continue to expand our mission, as requested by the Iraqi government.” NATO Mission Iraq was launched…