Israel rejects UN report on protecting Palestinians

UNITED NATIONS: Israel has rejected a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlining options for strengthening the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories. Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement late Friday that “the only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership.” The 14-page report laid out four options, from increasing aid to the Palestinians, sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate. The report was requested by the General Assembly in response to a surge…

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Iranian spiritual leader sentenced for ‘insulting Islam’

LONDON: An Iranian court has sentenced the founder of a spiritual movement to five years in jail, his lawyer told ILNA news agency on Saturday, after he was accused of corrupting Muslims. Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of Erfan Halgheh, which calls itself Interuniversalism in English, was arrested in 2011 and charged with insulting Islamic sanctities and spreading corruption on earth. Taheri was sentenced to death by a revolutionary court in 2015, but acquitted on appeal in 2016. The court then re-imposed the death sentence in 2017, but the five-year sentence…

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