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UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea after nine years

The United Nations has lifted its sanctions on Eritrea, nine years after they were imposed by the international organisation. Wednesday's decision, made during a meeting of the UN Security Council, follows a rapprochement between Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia in recent months. The Security Council welcomed the improved relationship between the two countries but added that Eritrea…

May promises Brexit deal will deliver vote of British people

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the draft deal the United Kingdom has struck with the European Union with regards to Brexit will adhere to what people voted for during the 2016 Brexit referendum. "What we have been negotiating is a deal that does deliver on the vote of the British people," May told MPs on…

Lebanon aims to resolve pain over 17,000 missing since civil war

Beirut, Lebanon - "Do you see the empty chair with a guitar next to it? Only the musician is missing." In the middle of her living room surrounded by dozens of paintings in her apartment in Haret Hreik, a suburb in Lebanon's capital Beirut, Mariam Saidi describes her art, which is dedicated to her son. "This…

Where does the future of the American left lie?

Two weeks before the November 6 midterm elections, the White House released a special report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) on the opportunity costs of socialism in response to what they call its "comeback" in American political discourse.  The timing of the report was no coincidence. Left-wing ideas such as universal healthcare, fully…

Lost childhoods: Nigeria’s fear of ‘witchcraft’ ruins young lives

Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

The hidden toll of American drones in Yemen: Civilian deaths

The United States has waged a drone war in Yemen for 16 years, trying to suppress al-Qaeda's branch here. But the campaign has had a hidden cost: civilians cut down by the drones' missiles. There is no comprehensive count of civilian deaths because of the difficulty of confirming identities and allegiances of those killed. But…

California wildfire toll rises to 48, hundreds still missing

The death toll from the most destructive fire in California's history has risen to 48 after six more bodies were recovered from homes in Paradise, while relatives and friends of the missing are desperate for information. The total count of the victims of the series of blazes, dubbed Camp Fire, in the state rose to…

Palestinian groups to respect Gaza truce ‘as long as Israel does’

Palestinian groups in the besieged Gaza Strip say they have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel to end the worst violence between the two sides in years. Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from Nahal-Oz near the Gaza-Israel fence, said Hamas-led factions on Tuesday accepted the truce "to restart the situation that prevailed up until…

US names son of Hezbollah leader Nasrallah ‘terrorist’

The US State Department designated Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a terrorist and accused him of carrying out attacks against Israel in the occupied West Bank. The department on Tuesday also blacklisted Al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB), which it said had links to the Lebanese group and had plotted a number of attacks against Israeli targets…

Trump appoints John Abizaid as new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump has named a former army general with long experience in the Middle East as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post that has been vacant since Joseph Westphal left in January 2017.    John Abizaid, a retired four-star army general of Lebanese Christian descent, is prominent for his stint as the longest-chief…

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Justin Turner, the most indispensable Dodger, bounces back and plays postseason...

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning. (Photo: Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports) MILWAUKEE – A dizzying two games of moves and counter moves in this National League Championship Series produced line shifts more akin to hockey games, and pitchers facing quicker hooks than any of Joe Frazier's opponents ever…

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