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Why Iran's agents hound political refugees in distant Albania

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 01:34 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 23:31

ABU DHABI: They are among the most dedicated and formidable opponents of the Tehran regime, but since their move from Iraq to Albania as part of a refugee resettlement program, the People's Mujahedin of Iran have all but fallen off the world's radar.

Despite being under constant threat and facing pressure to lie low in their new surroundings, the group remains one of the biggest and best organized in opposition to the Iranian leadership.

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Sharma ton helps India seal World Cup semi-final spot

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 01:12 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 23:06

BIRMINGHAM, UK: India opener Rohit Sharma hit his fourth century of the World Cup as Virat Kohli's side booked their place in the semi-finals with a 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
Sharma's attacking 104 laid the foundation of India's 314 for nine after Kohli elected to bat first in India's penultimate match of the league phase.
Yet for the second match in a row Sharma -- as happened during India's 31-run defeat by England at Edgbaston on Sunday -- was dropped in single figures before making a hundred.

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Saudi Arabia and UN Alliance of Civilizations review partnership

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 01:10 PM PDT

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JEDDAH: The High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Angel Moratinos, called on King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday.

During the meeting, they reviewed opportunities for partnership between the Kingdom and the UNAOC to strengthen Saudi Arabia's cultural ties with other nations. 

The UN official praised the leadership of King Salman and the crown prince for taking initiatives to promote dialogue among civilizations.

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Ash Barty wins first Wimbledon match as world No. 1

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 01:02 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 22:57

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND: Ash Barty played her first match as the No. 1 player in the world on No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, and she won.
The top-seeded Australian, who followed her victory at the French Open by winning a grass-court warm-up tournament in Birmingham, advanced to the second round at the All England Club on Tuesday by winning her 13th straight match. She beat Zheng Saisai 6-4, 6-2.

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Fatima Al-Banawi, Saudi writer, actress, and performing artist

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 01:02 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 22:59

Fatima Al-Banawi is a Saudi writer, actress, and performing artist. She is also the founder of The Other Story Project, a storytelling project that collects handwritten life stories by the people of Jeddah and turns them into creative productions.

She was selected in 2018 as a Next Generation Leader by Time magazine for her storytelling ventures. Al-Banawi was previously a social development and women's empowerment consultant at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

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Greek police arrest suspected Israeli fraudster

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 12:50 PM PDT

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ATHENS: Police in Greece on Tuesday said they had arrested an Israeli man accused of fraud, named in media reports as the "Tinder swindler" who allegedly defrauded European women he met on the dating site.
"A 28-year-old Israeli man was arrested on June 28 at Athens International Airport whilst attempting to leave," a police source told AFP.
"He was traveling on a false Israeli passport. We were in contact with Interpol to confirm his identity, and there was an international warrant from Israel concerning fraud, theft and forgery," the source added.

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Holders Cameroon to face Nigeria as Ghana pinch top spot

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 12:48 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 22:43

ISMAILIA, Egypt: Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon will meet Nigeria in a clash of continental giants in the last 16 after Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Benin allowed Ghana to finish top of Group F.
Cameroon stuttered to a second goalless stalemate in succession as Ghana, who drew their opening two games, beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 to finish ahead of the holders on goals scored.

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Saudi Border Guards evacuate injured sailor from Red Sea platform

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 12:46 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 22:36

JEDDAH: Saudi Border Guards took part in a major operation to evacuate a sick and injured sailor from a floating platform in the Red Sea.

The 45-year-old Indian was on board the Djibouti-flagged Al-Sultan, located about 170 km northwest of Farasan island, off the southwestern Saudi coast.

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Threatened, beaten, shot: Turkish journalists in the crosshairs

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 12:29 PM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 22:22

ANKARA: After being assaulted 28 times during his career — punched, kicked and beaten with bats — Turkish journalist Hakan Denizli thought he had seen it all.
But for the 29th attack, they came with a gun, and they did so while he was taking his four-year-old grandchild to daycare.
Denizli, who edits the Egemen daily newspaper in the southern city of Adana, is matter-of-fact about it: "I got into the car and the window was open. They came, shot me in the leg and ran away."

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Limited US military assistance will resume to some Somali troops

Posted: 02 Jul 2019 11:57 AM PDT

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Tue, 2019-07-02 21:47

NAIROBI: The United States is resuming some assistance to a unit of the Somali military that is not working directly with US forces, US officials said on Tuesday, around 18 months after aid was suspended to such units over widespread corruption concerns.
The assistance, part of US military aid to the country aimed at helping the government fend off Islamist insurgents, was suspended in December 2017 after the Somali military was unable to account for food and fuel.

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