Thursday, April 24, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Six Reported Killed In Blast In Iraqi Shabak Community

In Iraq, officials say at least six people were killed in a car bomb explosion in a northern village populated by members of the Shabak minority.
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Iran Replaces Prisons Chief After Protests

Iran has appointed a new chief of prisons following protests by family members over reports that inmates had been abused at a notorious jail.
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U.S. Soldier Charged With Killing Iraqi Boys

A U.S. soldier is due in a military court on charges that he deliberately killed two deaf teenage boys as they herded cattle in Iraq seven years ago.
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CPJ Prompts Iraq's Kurdistan On Journalism Safety

A new report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says that journalists in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region often resort to self-censorship because of the region's "climate of impunity" regarding violence against journalists.
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UN Refuses To Act On Iran Envoy Dispute

A United Nations committee has decided to take no action in connection with the Unites States' refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's nominee to be Iran's ambassador to the UN.
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Lavrov: Caspian Foreign Ministers 'Coordinate' Principles

Russia's foreign minister says the littoral states of the Caspian Sea are coordinating many "principles" aimed at establishing the bases of a treaty on the sea's legal status.
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Attack On Iraqi Polling Station Kills 10

Police say gunmen have attacked a polling station in northern Iraq, killing 10 guards. The attack late on April 21 came a little more than one week before Iraqis are due to vote in parliamentary elections April 30.
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Iran Seeks To Offset Advancement Of Women In Medicine

Iran plans to improve medical services by limiting the number of women who are admitted to medical schools. But the cure could be worse than the disease.
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Violence Across Iraq Leaves At Least 30 Dead

A series of attacks on April 21, including several suicide attacks, killed at least 30 people around Iraq as the country prepares to conduct parliamentary elections on April 30.
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Suicide Bomber Kills 10 In Central Iraq

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives in his vehicle at a police checkpoint in central Iraq, killing 10 people.
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