‘Sadmess and pain’ as Egypt’s Copts bury bus attack victims

Coptic Christians in Egypt have buried the victims of an attack on buses carrying visitors to a monastery in a northeastern province. Seven people were killed on Friday and at least 18 others wounded when attackers opened fire on the vehicles near the Monastery of St. Samuel in Minya, which was the target of a similar attack…

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Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Trump has disgraced US prestige

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that US President Donald Trump has “disgraced” US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from re-imposing sanctions on Tehran. The United States restored sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s shipping, energy and financial sectors on Friday. The measures will come into effect on Monday. “This new US…

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Miscarriages and malnourishment: The perils of pregnancy in Yemen

Abeir Mohammed* sits at the foot of her mother’s mud-brick house in Sawan, east of Yemen’s capital Sanaa. She struggles as she searches for the words to describe the loss of her unborn child due to toxoplasmosis in July, this year.  Usually preventable, toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite often found in cat…

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Plan for giant Antarctic ocean sanctuary blocked. Who’s to blame?

A proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves in a vast area of pristine Antarctic waters has been rejected, prompting concern among conservation groups about the ecosystem’s future. After two weeks of deliberations, Russia, China and Norway on Friday blocked the plan for a 1.8m square kilometres maritime protection zone in the Weddell Sea at a…

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The Palestinian leadership is desperate for legitimacy

On October 30, as I was scrolling through news updates from Palestine, I received a phone call from a friend. “It’s that time of the year,” she said through thunderous laughter, “when our self-proclaimed leadership decides to play peek-a-boo and threaten to end security coordination with Israel.”  The Palestinian Central Council (PCC) had announced that…

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Apple Shares Pull Down U.S. Stock Indexes

A big drop in shares of Apple dragged major U.S. stock indexes into the red Friday, breaking their three-session winning streak. The iPhone maker’s shares lost $14.74, or 6.6%, to $207.48—their biggest one-day percentage loss since January 2014—after the company gave disappointing guidance for the holiday quarter. The declines threatened to push the company’s market…

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