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Iraqi man marries Princess of Brunei in week-long celebration

The royal family of Brunei concluded week-long wedding festivities on Monday celebrating the marriage of Princess Fadzillah Lubabul, the daughter of the Sultan of Brunei, to Awang Abdullah Nabil Mahmoud al-Hashimi, an Iraqi-Canadian.


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Trial of Syrian doctor accused of torture begins in Germany

The trial of a doctor accused of torturing prisoners at a military hospital in Syria began on Wednesday (January 19) in Frankfurt, Germany.


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Russian FM urges Rojava to negotiate with Syrian regime

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday (January 15) that his country wants to persuade Kurds in northeast Syria to negotiate with the Syrian government instead of depending on the US.


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Former Syrian officer receives life-sentence for crimes against humanity

Anwar Raslan, a former Syrian colonel who was accused of being a high-ranking officer of the secret police, was handed a life sentence for crimes against humanity in Germany, the BBC reported.


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Victims await verdict in German trial of Syrian secret police member

A court in Koblenz, Germany is expected to render a verdict on Thursday (January 13) in the case of a man accused of crimes against humanity for his part in the torture of detainees in Syria.


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Former UK defense secretary says Blair ordered memo on Iraq war destroyed

Former UK Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said the British prime minister’s office ordered him to burn a secret memo that said the 2003 invasion of Iraq could be illegal, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday (January 4).


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45 Journalists killed in 2021: IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Sunday (January 2) that 45 journalists were killed in work-related incidents, including targeted killings, crossfire fatalities as well as bomb attacks in 2021.


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At least 16 migrants killed in shipwreck near Greek island

At least 16 people died when a sailboat carrying migrants sank off the island of Paros in the Aegean Sea late on Friday (December 24), the latest in three accidents over as many days, the Associated Press said.


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Relatives discover missing boy among survivors of migrant shipwreck

An 11-year-old boy who was among a group of migrants who went missing when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, has been found and is now in a hospital in Greece.


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Families await news of missing migrants after dinghy sinks in Aegean

The families of migrants who went missing after their vessel sank near the Greek island of Folegandros on Tuesday (December 21) are asking the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to help them find out the fate of their family members.


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Lithuania denies reports migrants at border will be housed in capital

The Interior Ministry of Lithuania said in a statement to NRT English on Monday (December 20) that claims migrants at the country’s border with Belarus would be transferred and housed in Vilnius were false.


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Repatriating migrants arrive in Iraq from Belarus on 10th flight

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry announced on Friday (December 17) the arrival of the tenth flight returning Iraqi migrants from Belarus.


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McGurk meets with Barzani for talks on cooperation against ISIS

National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani on Monday (December 13) to discuss cooperation in confronting Islamic State (ISIS) group militants.


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Czech government approves sending troops to Poland-Belarus border

The government of the Czech Republic approved on Wednesday (December 8) a plan to send 150 of the country’s troops to Poland’s border with Belarus to stop migrants from crossing the border, Reuters said.


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Number of jailed reporters climbs to new high in 2021: CPJ

The number of jailed reporters worldwide reached a new high at 293 behind bars in 2021, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) prison census published on Thursday (December 9).


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Lithuania to give 1,000 Euros to repatriating migrants

The Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, Agne Bilotaite, said on Wednesday (December 8) any migrant who voluntarily returns to their country of origin will receive 1,000 Euros, Lithuanian National Radio and Television said.


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Facebook says Belarus created fake accounts to stir-up migrant crisis

Facebook parent company Meta has removed over 40 accounts from Facebook and Instagram that it believes were connected to the Belarusian KGB and were posing as journalists and activists to create agitation against Poland over the country’s migrant crisis at the border, Reuters said on Thursday (December 2).


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Four suspected ISIS members arrested in northern Turkey

Four suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members from Iraq were arrested in Samsun on Turkey’s Black Sea coast on Wednesday (December 1), the city’s security directorate said.


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Poland restricts access to Belarusian border zone for three months

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said on Wednesday (December 1) that a three-month ban has been imposed on entry of unauthorized individuals to areas bordering Belarus that will come into force on Thursday.


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German court sentences ISIS member to life for Yazidi genocide

A German court on Tuesday (November 30) became the first in the world to sentence an Islamic State (ISIS) member for the crime of genocide against the Yazidi minority.


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