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Jason Rezaian: Free speech in Iran still an 'uphill battle'

Today 06:58 GMT

The reporter Jason Rezaian was about to travel home to the United States when he was detained in Iran in 2014, accused of being a spy.

Ultimately this is an uphill battle and one that I don't think is going to come to any decisive head in the in the coming months.

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Source: Common Domain

Corruption Currents: Charges Tossed in Case of Former SNC-Lavalin Executive

Today 00:34 GMT

A Quebec court threw out charges of fraud and bribery against a former executive of Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group.

(AFP). Armenia's former president faces charges that he took bribes; his lawyer said the charges were fake and that he's suing. (OCCRP, JN, Eurasianet). An embattled South African services firm announced it would liquidate after damaging testimony from a former executive exposed its role in a bribery scandal.

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Iran should return to ancient teachings of Islam, a religion hijacked in 1979 by a dictatorial regime

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF POPE FRANCIS' UAE VISIT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO EXAGGERATE (NOBEL COMMITTEE, TAKE NOTE). When I think of the 1979 Iranian revolution I see the tragedies of the past 40 years against the backdrop of another idea of Islam best articulated by an early Islamic leader named Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn.

Along with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 revolution – have entirely rebranded Shiite Islam in our popular imagination through their unrelenting pursuit of personal political power.

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Trump understands danger Iran poses and why it must never get nukes

Friday 12:41 GMT

President Trump understands that Iran is the root cause of terrorism in the Middle East and beyond and poses a danger to America and our allies.

Because he understands this, President Trump wisely withdrew in May from the deeply flawed and ineffective nuclear deal with Iran signed by the Obama administration and other nations. And this is why the president sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a conference in Poland last week to put pressure on our European allies to keep Iran and its missile program contained.

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Saudi Arabia diplomacy limited by relationship with Islamabad

Thursday 08:59 GMT

The occasion made Saudi Arabia's priorities in the region very clear, while revealing Pakistan's limited options in dealing with their Saudi donors.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Despite close ties with Islamabad, Riyadh gives New Delhi a great deal of importance. Saudi Arabia is already India's main supplier of crude oil, and ties are being extended beyond energy to build a strategic partnership, India's Foreign Ministry said last week.

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Source: Global News

Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

Wednesday 13:35 GMT

Miranda Lambert has some choice words for ex Blake Shelton in new song. The Pistol Annies singer was previously married to fellow country sensation and The Voice host, Blake Shelton — who is now together with Gwen Stefani.

It’s currently unclear where Lambert and her new husband met, however, many are heavily speculating it was last November when she performed on Good Morning America in New York City — where he often works security.

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'I really give President Trump a lot of credit': US Senator Jim Risch

Thursday 16:20 GMT

"I really give President Trump a lot of credit because, indeed, since he has been in office and since he has underscored this, there are countries that are making much better efforts to live up to their agreements," said Risch.

High-ranking US Republican Senator Jim Risch told DW's Conflict Zone at the Munich Security Conference that he has no reason to believe Trump is going to make that move.

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Why would a US spy go to work for Iran What we can learn from the incredible story of Monica Witt

Thursday 19:05 GMT

Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, a former Air Force counterintelligence specialist who once held a top-secret security clearance, stands accused of being one of these disloyal Americans.

U.S. counterintelligence officers will be on the hook to incorporate lessons learned from the Witt case to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.

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Source: BBC

Could a defeated IS rebound?

Wednesday 09:54 GMT

Further afield and globally, wherever there is a perception of bad governance, of disenfranchisement, of religious persecution against Muslims or where large bodies of alienated young men feel their lives lack purpose, there will always be opportunities for recruiters to the "cult" of IS.

The calling card of Al-Qaeda in Iraq was what it said was a religious duty by all Muslims to come and resist the US occupation of Iraq.

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Trump administration pushes for end to worldwide criminalization of homosexuality

Wednesday 23:40 GMT

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is spearheading a bid by the Trump administration to decriminalize homosexuality in dozens of countries around the world.

The report found Iran was one of eight countries in which homosexual activity can result in the death penalty, along with Sudan, Yemen, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and parts of Somalia and Nigeria.

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Source: Common Domain

Corruption Currents: Insys Used Rap Video to Push Opioid

Wednesday 20:56 GMT

Employees at Insys Therapeutics Inc., which is accused of bribing doctors, rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the company's fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales representatives.

(Reuters, Bloomberg, AP). Afghanistan fired a dozen election officials amid a probe into corruption following problems with organizing a general election. Mr. Maduro is holding secret meetings with U.S. officials, he said in an interview.


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