Saturday, September 05, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Top Iraq Cleric Urges Corruption Action

Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric has called for the prosecution of the most senior officials suspected of corruption and the retrieval of stolen funds.
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Migrants Found Dead In Truck Were Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans

Austrian police say the 71 dead migrants found last week in an abandoned truck were Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan nationals.
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Efforts Underway To Free U.S. Reporter Jailed In Tehran

Iranian lawmakers attending a conference in New York have divulged that efforts are underway to free Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was jailed over a year ago on espionage charges.
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Turkish Parliament Renews Authority To Conduct Strikes In Iraq, Syria

Turkey's parliament voted September 3 to extend for another year a mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist and Kurdish militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq.
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Explainer: Who Gets Asylum In Germany?

With as many as 800,000 migrants and refugees expected to arrive in Germany this year, here are five things to know about their chances of gaining asylum there.
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Larijani Expects Heated Nuke Deal Debate

The speaker of Iran's parliament says he expects a heated debate among Iranian lawmakers on the nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
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Khamenei: No Deal Unless Sanctions Lifted

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said world powers must lift international sanctions as part of a landmark nuclear agreement.
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Iran's Basij Force Stages Drill In Tehran

Iran's Basij paramilitary force has held a two-day exercise in the capital, Tehran.
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Russia Seeks UN Measure On Chemical Weapons In Iraq

Russia is seeking to extend a United Nations measure on chemical weapons in Syria to cover suspected incidents of chemical weapons use in Iraq by the Islamic State group, Russia's UN ambassador said on September 2.
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U.S. House To Vote On Iran Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on a measure disapproving the Iran nuclear deal, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced on September 2.
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