Iran executes 9 men convicted of rape

TEHRAN: Iranian media say nine men convicted of raping a woman have been hanged. The Arman daily reported Sunday that the men broke into the woman’s villa in the southern Fars province and raped her, without specifying when the crime took place. They were hanged Saturday after the Supreme Court reaffirmed their sentence earlier this month. Arman quoted Ali Alghasimehr, the provincial chief justice, as saying that the woman withdrew her complaint but that authorities carried out the punishment anyway. Rights groups say Iran is one of the world’s leading…

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Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

MINYA: An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an August 2013 attack on a police station in Minya. Death sentences were meted out to 183 people over the deadly attack on the police station in the southern province, before a retrial was ordered. On Sunday, around 700 people were tried again in this case, defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsood told AFP. Sixty-six of the 700 were sentenced to life imprisonment, which is 25 years in Egypt, 288…

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Four years of coalition strikes on Syria kill 3,300 civilians: Monitor

BEIRUT: More than 3,000 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria since they began four years ago, a monitor said on Sunday. The Washington-led alliance puts the toll at just over 1,000 civilians in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq, and says it does all it can to prevent civilian deaths. The coalition began bombing IS targets in Iraq in August 2014 after the jihadist group seized swathes of territory straddling the two countries, proclaiming an Islamic “caliphate”. The coalition extended its…

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US on China trade war: ‘We are going to win’

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NEW YORK: Secretary of state Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States would emerge victorious in an intensifying trade war with China, a day before Washington imposes $200 billion worth of tariffs. “We are going to win it,” Pompeo said in an interview on Fox News broadcast Sunday. “We’re going to get an outcome which forces China to behave in a way that if you want to be a power – a global power – transparency, rule of law, you don’t steal intellectual property,” he said. Pompeo said that President…

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Spain rescues over 440 migrants from Mediterranean Sea

MADRID: Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved over 440 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa. The service says it pulled 447 people from 15 small boats intercepted by its rescue craft on Saturday. Except for one dinghy carrying 12 people found near the island of Mallorca, the rest were rescued off Spain’s southern coast. Nearly 300 migrants have died in waters separating Spain and Africa so far in 2018, according to the United Nations, and over 1,600 have died this year trying…

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France fears damage to India ties after Hollande fans controversy over Rafale deal

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PARIS: The French government said on Sunday it feared damage to its relations with India after former president Francois Hollande’s claims on the Rafale jet deal stirred a controversy. Hollande, who left office in May last year, said on Friday that French jet manufacturer Dassault Aviation had been given no choice about its local partner in the 2016 deal with the Indian government. Rafale makers, French govt rebut ex-president Hollande Hollande himself seemed more circumspect a day after his remarks set off a political storm. Asked if India had put…

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